pesticide noun. substance used for destroying insects or other organisms harmful to cultivated plants or to animals.

commercial pesticide applicator

DTC designed this course to prepare students with the knowledge and skills required to pass the mandatory exam for licensure as a State of Michigan Commercial Pesticide Applicator. Commercial Pesticide Application is a high-growth, high-demand area in the landscaping industry. Following the course, students receive a certificate of completion. After successfully passing the state exam CORE and subcategories, students will receive a State License allowing them to use restricted chemicals. This three-day training will cover the Commercial Applicator principles, Category 3A - Turfgrass Pest Management, Category 3B - Ornamental Pest Management. Students enrolled in the course will receive a comprehensive study guide covering the lectures and exam materials. Hands-on demonstrations and best practices will be covered. We also can provide additional training in the following areas:

National Core Certification

CORE certification covers the following:

  • Pesticide Hazards

  • Personal Protective Gear

  • Transport, Storage, & Security

  • Incident Response

  • Pesticide Application

  • Pest Management

  • Federal Pesticide Laws

  • Pesticide Labeling

  • Pesticide Formulations

3B Certification

This includes applicators who use pesticides to manage pests of ornamental plants in exterior areas such as evergreens shrubs, and shade trees.

3A Certification

This includes applicators who use pesticides to manage pest of turf grasses.

6 Certification

This includes applicators who use pesticides in the maintenance of any of the following:

  • Railway Rights-Of-Way

  • Parking Lots

  • Tennis Courts

  • Noncrop Areas

  • Public Roads

  • Ditch Banks

  • Electric Power Lines

  • Pipelines

7F Special Add-On Certification

This certification will cost an additional $150 and covers mosquito management for outdoors.


3 Days




Additional testing & fees

License and Testing Fees to the State of Michigan: $125


commercial pesticide applicator