Whether you are a homeowner or own a business, you have worked with a pest control technician and their crew sometime in the past. They seem to magically get rid of a mouse, cockroach, and even termite infestation as if they have been doing it all their lives – and many have. Have you ever wondered your reliable pest control professional gets to be so knowledgeable?

Pest control technicians typically need state certification, whether they work for a company or as an independent contractor. In addition to state certification, they must also be certified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in accordance with Federal criteria. However, before pest control technicians obtain this criterion, they have to go through a long process. As a side note, it is essential to remark that, according to the Certification and Training Assessment Group of the National Partnership for Safe and Effective Pesticide Management, an individual working through this certification and training must be at least 18 years old. However, some private operators hire applicators as young as 16 – check with your state and confirm the age at which you can begin this certification and training.

To start a career as a pest control technician, an individual must first obtain a high school diploma or equivalent degree. As spelled out by the National Pest Management Association, a pest control technician does not necessarily need any college degree to begin the process of training to be a pest control technician. However, there are pest control courses that are offered through each state with the Department of Agriculture or similar. These courses cover the basics of pesticide safety, proper application techniques, preventing exposure of pesticides, and importantly, cleaning methods in cases when exposure occurs. The length of these courses depends on the state in which the individual plans to work in pest control.

After an individual gets through pest control courses, they will need to take the United States Environmental Protection Agency?s National Operator Core Exam. This exam is in addition to other state tests necessary for proper certification, and the EPA exam is especially important for an individual who wants to become a private or commercial pesticide applicator. This exam will ensure that individuals are tested on all relevant and up-to-date material, establishing uniform standards across the United States. Each state?s exam, as well as re-certification, will vary.

Job training begins when an individual passes these exams and gains the certification these exams offer within their state and across the states. It occurs through an employee after certification, and most states require an average of three months of on-the-job training. This training is a combination of experience in the field as well as further education in a classroom setting. After job training is completed, this, of course, means that an individual is now, officially, a pest control technician in their respective state.

Gecko Pest Control has licensed pest control technicians in service. Every one of our technicians is required to take more than ten courses of study before allowed to perform their first pest control treatment. We want to make sure every pest control professional we send to your home or business has extensive knowledge of everything we do and can perform these treatments correctly and safely.