Licenses & Qualifications of Certified Termite Inspectors
Certified termite inspectors are trained in all aspects of structural pest control, including:
- identification of termites and other structural pests
- recognition of signs of termite activity
- methods of termite control, including termiticides and bait stations
- treatment material application techniques
- termiticides, their proper use and their environmental impacts
- regulations for applying registered treatment materials
Requirements for Licensed Termite Inspectors
Termite inspectors are licensed by each state. In most states, the Department of Agriculture oversees termite inspector certifications. Minimum requirements for certification typically include passing a written exam; apprenticeship experience; and/or classes in insect biology, insect identification and pesticides. Many states also require basic business classes and classes to understand construction as it pertains to pest control. Most states require proof of liability insurance coverage by the applicant or the applicant’s employer.
In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires state licensing exams that test inspectors on pesticides, safety, environmental impact, pest identification and biology, equipment, application techniques, laws and regulations.
Pest management professionals can be certified in different categories of pest control. Termite inspectors typically are certified in structural pest control, which includes termites and other wood-destroying insects such as beetles and carpenter ants.
Certified termite inspectors are considered certified pesticide applicators, a title that means they can work with restricted-use insecticides. To receive a fumigation license, pest professionals need to have additional classes and experience, and pass another state examination.