Massachusetts pesticide law requires that all persons who apply restricted use pesticides (RUP) to commercially grown agricultural crops must be in possession of a valid license or certification issued by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources MDAR. In accordance with the Massachusetts Pesticide Control Act and the current pesticide regulations, MDAR conducts written examinations to measure competency to use, sell, and apply pesticides in Massachusetts. All exams are closed book and applicants must be at least 18 years of age as of the date of the examination.
If an individual is using a General Use Pesticide, then he/she does not need to have a pesticide license. However, that individual would need to be trained as a handler to comply with the Worker Protection Standard. Worker Protection Standard (WPS) regulations are designed to reduce poisoning and injuries among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. They regulate pesticide use and require that workers and pesticide handlers be given appropriate training, equipment and information. State agencies generally have primary jurisdiction for enforcing WPS misuse violations. To come into compliance, contact the UMass Extension Pesticide Education Program or the use the EPA website Worker Protection Standard.
The individual making the Restricted Use Pesticide Application would need to obtain a Private Certification License. There are several categories associated with this type of license and the individual would need to pick the appropriate category depending on the type of Agriculture facility.
More information on obtaining a Massachusetts Pesticide License you can contact the University of Massachusetts Pesticide Education Program on the web or the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources-Pesticide Bureau online.