Due to the potentially dangerous nature of Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs), you and your business must be licensed by the state to apply them commercially. Being properly trained in their safe handling and application keeps pesticides and fertilizers from endangering both humans and the environment.
In the State of Michigan
To acquire a Michigan pesticide applicator’s license, you must take and pass at least two tests. One must be the CORE exam, and at least one other must be in a specific pesticide category. The categories most commonly used in lawn maintenance are:
- 3A: Turfgrass pest management
- 3B: Ornamental pest management
- 6: Right-of-Way pest management