In the state of North Carolina, structural pest control certification and licensing is divided into three phases according to the type of work performed. A person may be licensed or certified to do pest control work in any or all of these phases.
This law also establishes three classes of structural pest control applicators:
- Certified applicators
- Registered technicians
Phase P – Household pests (cockroaches, fleas, silverfish, ants, rodents, etc.) by any method other than fumigation.
Phase W – Wood destroying organisms (termites, powderpost beetles, fungi, etc. ) by any method other than fumigation.
Phase F Fumigation (to apply pesticides that control pests as a gas). This phase is not required for aerosols, fogs, mists or ULV/ULD applications.
RECERTIFICATION OF STRUCTURAL PEST CONTROL LICENSEES
Certified applicators and licensees are certified for a five-year period. Applicators may be certified for another five-year period by:
-Earning continuing certification units (CCU’s) approved by the Structural Pest Control Division and received by the certified applicator during the five years immediately preceding the expiration date of his/her certification, or
-Reexamination taken between January 1st and June 30th, prior to the expiration of their current five-year recertification period.
Recertification in any one phase: 10 CCU’s total, five of which must be solely applicable to the phase in which certification is desired.
Recertification in any two phases: 15 CCU’s total, five of which must be solely applicable to the first phase and five solely applicable to the second phase in which recertification is desired.
Recertification in all three phases: 20 CCU’s total, five of which must be solely applicable to the first phase, five solely applicable to the second phase, and five solely applicable to the third phase in which recertification is desired.
Licensees and noncommercial certified applicators must earn at lease one of the required CCU’s in at least four years of the five-year recertification period.
Commercial certified applicators must earn at least one of the required CCU’s in at least three years of the five-year recertification period.
CCU’s may not be carried forward beyond the five-year recertification period.
NOTE: Licensees holding an inactive license are subject to the same requirements as for recertification above.
NOTE: No more than one half of the CCU’s can be obtained from electronic sources (internet).
For more information regarding recertification by the Maryland Department of Agriculture contact:
Certification and Training Coordinator
The following courses and their CCU values have been approved by the Structural Pest Control Division of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
- Beetles That Attack Wood: Identifying Beetles That Will Reinfest – 1 CCU(W), 1 CCU(F)
- Beetles That Attack Wood: Identifying Beetles That Will Not Reinfest -1 CCU(W), 1 CCU(F)
- The Eastern Subterranean Termite – 1 CCU(W)
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Its Role in Pesticide Application – 3 CCU(G)
- The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) – 3 CCU’s(G)
- Identifying Cockroaches In and Around the Home – 1 CCU(P)
- Managing Pesticide Drift – 1 CCU(G)
- Pesticide Applicator Safety – 3 CCU’s(G)
- Recognition and Control of Some Small Vertebrate Pests – 1 CCU(P)