Pesticide Use


CNMI Worker Protection Standard

CNMI Pesticide Applicator Certification

CNMI Pesticide Use Permit

CNMI Pesticide Dealer License

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CNMI Worker Protection Standard

The CNMI Worker Protection Standard requirements were created to provide agricultural and certain other workers and pesticide handlers with protections against possible exposure and harm from pesticides in the workplace. CNMI Worker Protection Standards apply to any agricultural establishment, and any commercial application of pesticides.

Specific information about pesticide safety, emergency procedures, and recent pesticide applications must be displayed at a central location where it can be readliy seen and read by workers in a language they understand.

Below are links to WPS posters that will meet this requirement

Pesticide Safety Training for workers and handlers must be provided by their employer annually.

Below are links to US EPA approved training sites.


 CNMI Pesticide Applicator Certification

To be certified in the CNMI as a Pesticide Applicator an individual must take the BECQ Pesticide Applicator Exam. It is the responsibility of the student to study the core manual and the CNMI Pesticide Regulations.The exam administered by BECQ Pesticides Branch is based on the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual and the CNMI Pesticides Regulations.

SAIPAN Scheduled on the 2nd Monday of each month at 9am-11am at the BECQ conference room.          

  •          December 10, 2019
  •          January 13, 2020
  •          February 10, 2020
  •          March 09, 2020
  •          April 13, 2020
  •          May 11, 2020
  •          June 08, 2020
  •          July 13, 2020
  •          August 10, 2020
  •         September 14, 2020

TINIAN & ROTA Scheduled as requested. Individuals may register and schedule to take the exam with the designated BECQ personnel for each island. 

Pesticide Applicator Examination Registration

Submit an Examination Application for Pesticide Certification Examination. ($10 Non Refundable Exam Fee)

  • Each exam is a written, closed-book/notes examination consisting of sixty (60) multiple choice questions

  • The passing exam score is 70% which is equivalent to 42 correct answers out of 60 questions.

  • The exam adminstration time limit 2 hours total.  

  • Each candidate must bring a writting utensil, a calculator, and a valid identification. 

  • Individuals must register at least 3 working days prior to the scheduled examination date.

  • Those who submit incomplete registration forms OR do not pay a registration fee will not be allowed to take the exam.

Examination includes but is not limited to: labeling; safety factors; environmental consequences; pest identification and characteristics; pesticide types, formulations and dilutions; equipment maintenance and calibration; proper storage, use, and disposal of pesticides and containers; pesticide application techniques; pesticide laws and regulations; recordkeeping; worker protection standards; and other relevant information as deemed necessary, including but not limited to new developments and other pertinent matters.

Pesticide Applicator Certification & Categories

Submit a Certification Application along with the appropriate fee for the certification category.  Certifications are valid for a period of three (3) years. All renewal for certification requires a re-take of the examination with the same procedures and payments. See applications for more details.

Commercial Applicator Categories ($50 New or Renewal Non Refundable Fee)

  • Agricultural Pest Control
  • Ornamental and turf pest control
  • Right-of-way pest control
  • Industrial, institutional, structural and health related pest control
  • Public health pest control
  • Regulatory pest control

Private Applicator: ($10 New or Renewal Non Refundable Fee)

  • Any person who uses or supervises the use of any restricted use pesticide on property owned or rented by him, who is not a commercial applicator.

Duplicate Certification for Commercial or Private. ($10 New or Renewal Non Refundable Fee)

  •  Applicator previously certified who has misplaced or lost his or her valid DEQ issued Certification for Applicator of Restricted Pesticide.

Temporary Certification for Commercial or Private. ($10 New or Renewal Non Refundable Fee)

  • Applicator who holds a valid pesticide applicator's certificate issued in another state or territory of the United States haivng an approved state plan. Temporary certification is limited to the same type and category of pesticide use for which the applicant is certified.


CNMI Pesticide Use Permit

Individuals or companies that will perform structural termiticide/fumigation treatment, aerial treatment, or other treatment in a remote location must obtain a DEQ Pesticide Use Permit. 

Follow any additional restrictions or requirements included in a permit issued by DEQ.

  1. Submit permit application and required attachments.
  2. The request for a permit must be submitted to DEQ at least twenty business days prior to the proposed date of application.
  3. Upon receipt of the permit application, DEQ has up to ten business days to process the permit.
  4. The permit is valid for 6 months after the date of issuance. 
  5. Notify DEQ in writing prior to any pesticide treatment made under the approval pesticide use permit.

Permit for Structural Treatment ($50 Non Refuanable Permit Fee)

For all pre or post contruction treatment of structures to be treated for termites in the foundation, soil, or surrounding ground area.

  • Submit Structural Permit Application along with appropriate permit fee for review and approval. See application for requirements and restrictions.

DEQ does not approve the use of active ingredient Imidacloprod (also known as Premise 75 or Agreszor 75) and Fipronil (also known as Termidor SC) near shorelines, groundwater wells and any other body of water within a 300 feet radius from the project site.

Permit for Fumigation Treatment  ($50 Non Refuanable Permit Fee)

Fumigation treatments are the use of vapor or gas in order to suffocate, kill, or mitigate pests. A fumigant is any pesticide that is a vapor or gas or forms a product that is vapor or gas on application and whole method of pesticidal action is thorugh the gaseous state.

  • Submit Fumigation Permit Application along with appropriate permit fee for review and approval. See application for requirements and restrictions.

Permit for Aerial Treatment ($500 Non Refuanable Permit Fee)

Aerial pesticide applications are granted on a case by case basis and are restricted to applications sites that are 150 acres or larger. Any person intending to apply pesticides by aircraft must have a valid aerial pesticide application license (pilot license to apply pesticides aerially) from any state or territory of the United States. The aircraft used for aerial application must be in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations. 

  • Submit Aerial Permit Application along with appropriate permit fee for review and approval. See application for requirements and restrictions.
  • Every possible effort should be made to control pesticide drift during aerial pesticide applications.

The DEQ director may refuse to issue an aerial application permit if it is determined that the proposed aerial pesticide application threatens to cause or causes unreasonable adverse effects to human health or the environment.

Pesticide Use Permit for Other Treatment ($50 Non Refuanable Permit Fee)

For areas where DEQ is not able to conduct routine inspections where restricted use pesticides or general use pesticides are regularly applied, such as in remote locations ie. CNMI Northern Islands.


CNMI Pesticide Dealers License

Any person who engages in the importation, sale, or distribution of restricted use pesticides shall be classified as a licensed dealer and shall be certified in the same manner as a commercial applicator.

Pesticide Dealer License Registration ($10 Non Refundable Fee)

Submit an Pesticide Dealer Application See application for requirements and details.

Licensed dealers shall demonstrate additional competence and knowledge regarding but not including but not limited to the following:

  • Pesticide legislation, regulations, and guidelines
  • Safety and toxicology
  • Disposal, Storage, and transportation
  • Effects on animals, plants, and environment; fish and wildlife
  • Factors affecting pesticide applications
  • Classification and formulations of insecticides
  • Fungicides, herbicides, and other pesticides and their uses
  • Recommendations for use of pesticides
  • Poisoning symptoms and procedures to follow in case of a pesticide accident


BECQ Division of Environmental Quality regulates the use of pesticide in the islands of the Commonwealth. It shall be unlawful for any person: to use any pesticide in a manner inconsistent with its labeling; to use, store, transport, mix or discard any pesticide or the containers of such pesticide in such a way as to pose a hazard to human health or the environment; apply restricted use pesticides unless certified by DEQ or under the direct supervision of an applicator certified by DEQ; apply pesticides for commercial purposes unless acting under the supervision of a certified applicator; To violate these regulations in any way including but not limited to violating requirements regarding storage, use, record keeping, and worker’s protection whether set forth in these regulations, the label, a permit, an order or a certification; To manufacture or otherwise produce pesticides, including re-packaging, refilling, or relabeling, for sale or resale, in the CNMI.

DEQ may, at its discretion, based on factors such as acreage, types of pesticides, volume of pesticides, location, and geological features, including proximity to surface water and drinking water, require the submission of an integrated pest management plan for DEQ’s approval. The integrated pest management plan is an approach to manage pests by combining biological, cultural, physical, and chemical tools in a way that minimizes economic, health, and environmental risks. DEQ may prescribe the forms for the submission of the plan. The plan must be approved by DEQ prior to pesticide use. The plan must be revised and resubmitted once every two years for DEQ’s approval. Applicator is required to follow the approved plan and deviations must be approved by DEQ in advance. Failure to follow the plan shall be considered a violation of the CNMI Pesticide regulations.



Last Updated 11/13/2019