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  • Applicators license question

    How often is applicator licenses enforced? Do you ever hear of LCOs getting stopped to check them if they are licensed?

    What happens if they don't have a license?
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    I personally have never heard of any local companies that have been stopped in regards to a license in question, but many companies in larger cities are targeted.

    In the state of Michigan applying a pesticide without a license, can result in either a warning, a possible $1,000 fine, and/or jail time.

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    • #3
      Do police enforce this or epa? Or what?
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      • #4
        Here in Michigan, the Michigan Department of Agriculture enforces the regulations

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        • #5
          So basically they can patrol a certain area and pull over a landscaper to see if they have chemicals in their vehicle. If they do and don't have a license, then they get cited?
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          • #6
            The exact procedure in regards to how they go about citing a business or individual I am not sure of.

            But as I understand it, yes they can patrol a certain area and if they catch you, there is a chance you could be cited right then and there.

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            • #7
              Does this effect your chances of getting a license in the future? Like do they ban you or can they ban you for sometime to not be able to get it?
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              • #8
                Yes. Here in Michigan you have to renew your business pesticide license every year, while your personal applicator license is good for 3 years.

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                • #9
                  Very interesting and good information to know!
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                  • #10
                    Troy, what is the process to become a certified applicator here in Michigan? I got a letter from dept of ag warning me to be sure I am not applying anything, and I am not, I sub everything to a guy here....but I am interested in getting licensed or at least getting my company licensed.

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                    • #11
                      I would be interested in knowing how the testing differs for the company vs individual applicator as well.
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                      • #12
                        yes, I am wondering if I could hire an applicator part time, and use his license to get my company licensed.

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                        • #13
                          Good idea! Very creative! I wonder what Troy's view is.
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                          • #14
                            I really don't know about whether you could use someones experience to get a business license. There is actually no test for the business pesticide license part, just the applicator license part there are basically two tests to take.


                            These are the requirements for Michigan

                            To get an applicator license:
                            1. Take a core exam, and pass it with a 70% or better
                            2. Take a sub-group exam based on what field you are going to go into and you must pass it with a 70% or better

                            To get the business license you can get it two different ways:
                            1. Work for another company for a minimum of 2 years
                            2. Work for another company for a minimum of 1 year, and have 4 year college degree related to the green industry

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                            • #15
                              They're more strict up in MI then in Ohio. Now wonder the application side of business is so untouched up there.

                              Here all you need is to show proof of insurance and have a commercial applicator's license and pay $35 and you have a business license.
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