By Nicole Wise on Jan 26, 2012 4:09:00 PM
Thinking of starting a lawn care company or expanding your lawn care company across state lines?
Lawn care applicator's licenses are required by The United States government and the rules and restrictions can vary from state to state.
Sounds like a head ache huh? To make things a little easier, we compiled a list of resources for the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia area. Keep in mind that most state licensing is through the department of agriculture and testing is required.
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- PA Department of Agriculture 717-772-5213
- Study materials are sold by the Publications Distribution Center at Penn State University 1-877-345-0691. More information on certification, business license requirements and study materials is available online at www.pested.psu.edu and direct links.
- NJ Department of Enviornmental Protection: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/enforcement/pcp/bpro-licensing.htm
- Study materials: Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office in your county: http://www.njintouch.state.nj.us/dep/enforcement/pcp/bpo-exdirect.htm
- DE Department of Agriculture 302-698-4500
- Study materials: http://dda.delaware.gov/pesticide applicator certification business licensing req -s2.php
- MD Department of Agriculture 410-841-5700
- See: http://www.mda.state.md.us/sc/plats-pests/pesticide regulation/pesticide applicator certification business licensing req -s2.php
- VA Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pesticides/certification.shtml
- Study materials: http://vtpp.ext.vt.edu/training-1/training-aides-available-through-vtpp/virginia-pesticide-applicator-training-manuals
Other Things to keep in mind
- In most states, the main owner and employee(s) must be licensed
- In some states, employee(s) can be "registered" under another employee who is licensed