The demand for pest control technicians is growing. In fact, the pest control industry is expected to increase by 8% within the next 5 years.
Idaho pest control technicians are employed by government agencies, school boards, and private companies. This Idaho pest control license guide contains the information that you need to get started.
Idaho requires professional pest control technicians to be licensed to apply restricted-use and general pesticides in residential and commercial settings.
The different types of Idaho pest control licenses include:
Professional applicator license
Private applicator license
Pesticide dealer license
The professional applicator license authorizes licensees to apply and supervise pesticide applications on another person's property for compensation. The fee for this license is $120.
The private applicator license authorizes licensees to supervise or apply agricultural chemicals on any land that is operated or owned by their employer. The fee for the Idaho private applicator license ranges from $10 to $30 depending on the category.
The pesticide dealer license authorizes companies to sell and distribute pesticides in Idaho. The cost of this license is $120.
The reciprocal license authorizes pest control licensees to use their license from another state in Idaho. The fee for Idaho reciprocal licenses is $120.
For each license, you must provide proof of financial responsibility. Aerial applicators must provide a photocopy of their FAA pilot license. Front and back copies are required.
Idaho pest control license board: All Idaho pest control licenses are administered by the Idaho Department of Agriculture.
The average yearly pay for Idaho pest control technicians is about $31,000.
No experience is required for you to get a job as a pest control technician in Idaho. However, you must obtain the appropriate licensing. You are not required to earn a college degree to work as a pest control technician. You are required to take recertification courses. Employers usually provide on-the-job training for their pest control technicians.
Course Costs: Expect to pay between $50 and $200 per course.
Have a high school diploma or GED
Be at least 18 years old
Possess an Idaho driver's license
Be physically able to perform the job
Be employed as a pest control technician apprentice
Show proof of financial responsibility
Identify and eliminate different types of pests
Apply pesticides according to product directions
Manage customer relationships
Draft pest control inspection reports
Submit service estimates and contract bids
Control and prevent pest infestations
Licensing board Information: Apply for your license online with the Idaho Department of Agriculture.
License examination requirements: The passing score for each Idaho pest control technician license is 70%. License exams are closed book.
Examination categories include:
State and federal pesticide laws
Pesticide safety regulations
Pesticide application techniques
Examination Resources: Use these materials to prepare for your Idaho pest control examination:
You can find pest control job listings in most cities in Idaho. Visit the following websites to search for a pest control technician job in your area:
The hourly Idaho pest control technician pay rate is $15.60.
Here is a list of questions that interviewers are likely to ask pest control technician applicants:
Why are you interested in getting a job in the pest control industry?
Do you have previous experience as a pest control technician? If so, please discuss it.
What skills will you bring to our company?
What is the most challenging part of working in the pest control industry?
What is your favorite part about working directly with customers?
Pest control companies want to hire professional and responsible technicians who are committed to safety. During your interviews, hiring managers will pay close attention to your responses and your attire. Always wear professional clothing to a job interview.
The latest trends in the pest control industry:
Automate scheduling and billing services
Understand the behaviors and characteristics of national and local pests
Attend local and national pest control legislation hearings
Apply safe pesticides
Educate customers about pest prevention techniques
Attend pest control industry trade shows and meetings
The most common dangers of being employed as an Idaho pest control technician:
Daily exposure to toxic pesticides
Operating a company vehicle in bad weather conditions
Performing work on slippery sidewalks, uneven land, and elevated areas
Getting bit by rodents and other pests
Helpful pest control technician safety tips:
Wear work boots with reinforced toes and chemical-resistant clothing
Wear a mask to protect your face and nose
Always put on rubber gloves when you apply chemicals
Wear safety glasses or goggles
Clean up pesticide spills immediately
Idaho has reciprocity agreements with the following states:
Renew your Idaho pest control license every year. The renewal fee for Idaho pest control technician licenses is $120.
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