Do you apply pesticides as part of your job/business? Here is what you need to know about the Colorado Pesticide Applicators’ Act.
It is important as a business professional to be aware of the risks and benefits of pesticide use. The consequences of poor pesticide management may result in fines from the Colorado Department of Agriculture or even worse, health problems from exposure to chemicals.
You must be licensed in the State of Colorado to apply pesticides as a business transaction. This includes applying pesticides as part of a service provided for a client even if it is not your primary service. If you are a property manager, landscaper, lawn care professional, arborist, gardener, handyman or anyone who is paid to apply any kind of pesticide, you are required to be licensed by the state of Colorado.
If you choose to not become a licensed applicator, you are not allowed to apply pesticides as part of your business. Please make this clear to your clients.
There are several different kinds of applicator licenses, but the main type is a Commercial Applicator License. This license covers anyone who is hired by another party and will be applying a pesticide, including products available at a local home and garden stores. A license is required even for those who only occasionally apply pesticides.
Commercial Applicator License:
To receive an applicator’s license you must pass an exam and participate in technician training and continuing education. Colorado State licensing forms, applications and guidelines can be found here.
To apply for the license the following must be provided
to the Department of Agriculture:
Commercial Applicator License Application
Pesticide Applicator Certificate of Evidence of Liability Insurance (minimum $400,000 general liability insurance required)
Notification of Qualified Supervisors or Certified Operators
Certificate of Good Standing from Secretary of State issued within the last 60 days (Sole-Proprietorships are not required to provide this)
Application Fee- $350
Other State licenses for pesticide application are:
- Qualified Supervisor and Certified Operators License
- Private Applicator License
- Restricted Use Pesticide License
Study materials for the exam can be found here.