Hawaii Administrative Rules
Title 16 - DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Chapter 94 - PEST CONTROL OPERATORS
Subchapter 4 - APPLICATION
Section 16-94-17 - Experience requirement

Universal Citation: HI Admin Rules 16-94-17

Current through February, 2024

(a) An applicant for an individual operator license or responsible managing employee license, or both, shall have had the following experience:

(1) At least one year of specialized field experience as a certified commercial applicator within the past four years immediately preceding the filing of an application in the branch in which the license is sought;

(2) At least one year of on-site field supervision actively directing pest control projects whether applying for more than one branch;

(3) At least one hundred jobs as an applicator in the specific branch during the one-year specialized field experience period provided that if restricted use chemicals are used, the applicant shall have been the certified applicator of record and shall verify at minimum, the following:
(A) Branch 1: One hundred jobs of chemical application consisting of structural fumigation;

(B) Branch 2: One hundred jobs of chemical and non-chemical applications consisting of one or more of the following formulations: liquids, foams, dusts, gels, aerosols, baits, and granules; provided that not more than fifty jobs shall consist of monitoring, baiting, or non-chemical methods;

(C) Branch 3: One hundred jobs of chemical and non-chemical applications consisting of one or more of the following formulations: liquids, foams, dusts, gels, aerosols, baits, and granules; provided that not more than fifty jobs shall consist of monitoring, baiting, or non-chemical methods.

(4) Branch 1 (Fumigation). The purpose of fumigation training is to impart the pest control operator or RME with sufficient theoretical and practical knowledge to enable the person to recommend and perform fumigations, inspections, pest identifications, and estimations, to diagram sites for the purpose of calculating volume of the structure, and to properly communicate this to consumers. Valid experience for a branch 1 pest control operator and branch 1 RME shall include hut not be limited to:
(A) Inspecting sites and writing inspection reports;

(B) Identifying pests;

(C) Understanding labels and applying pesticides;

(D) Fumigating structures;

(E) Taking readings using electronic and manual fumigation reading equipment;

(F) Calculating application rates of the fumigants and the warning agents;

(G) Diagramming existing structure and calculating volume;

(H) Preparing fumigation sites; and

(I) Clearing the structure to insure safe re-entry.

(5) Branch 2 (General Pest). The purpose of general pest control training is to impart the pest control operator or RME with sufficient theoretical and practical knowledge to enable the person to recommend and perform pest control work, inspections, pest identifications, and estimations, to diagram sites as appropriate to make written recommendations for implementing a pest management program for household pests. Valid experience for a branch 2 pest control operator and branch 2 RME shall include but not be limited to:
(A) Inspecting sites and writing inspection reports;

(B) Identifying pests;

(C) Understanding labels and applying pesticides;

(D) Diagramming sites, and existing structures;

(E) Applying pesticides including baits, and using non-chemical methods; and

(F) Calibrating equipment.

(6) Branch 3 (Termite). The purpose of termite training is to impart the pest control operator or RME with sufficient theoretical and practical knowledge to enable the person to recommend and perform termite work, inspections and estimations, and to diagram foundations of structures and areas inspected and to identify conducive conditions to provide written and visual documentation of inspection findings. Valid experience for a branch 3 pest control operator and branch 3 RME shall include but not be limited to:
(A) Inspecting sites and writing inspection reports;

(B) Identifying pests;

(C) Understanding labels and applying pesticides;

(D) Diagramming foundations of structures and portions of the structure inspected;

(E) Applying pesticides including baits, and using non-chemical methods;

(F) Calibrating equipment;

(G) Performing pre-construction and post-construction treatments using chemical and non-chemical methods; and

(H) Performing remedial treatments for the control of subterranean and drywood termites found' in Hawaii.

Fumigation for termites shall not be considered valid experience for branch 3.

(7) Certification, under the Hawaii pesticides law by the state department of agriculture as a commercial applicator in the branch for which application is made, shall be held for at least one year prior to the submission of the application. The applicant shall submit proof of a valid, current certification with the application. If an applicant has been certified for less than one year, then the applicant may demonstrate equivalent experience, indicating that the applicant is familiar with the pests and the use of pesticides under the same or similar conditions prevailing in this State.

(b) An applicant for a pest control field representative license shall have at least sixty hours of training and field experience under the supervision of a licensed pest control operator.

(1) The sixty hours of training for each respective branch shall be comprised of any combination of listed training provided the applicant obtains no fewer than the minimum number of hours in each of the following categories:
(A) Branch 1 (Fumigation). The purpose of fumigation training is to impart the pest control field representative with sufficient theoretical and practical knowledge to enable the person to recommend and perform fumigations, inspections, pest identifications, and estimations, to diagram sites for the purpose of calculating volume of the structure, and to properly communicate this to consumers.
(i) Inspecting sites and writing inspection reports .......14 hours

(ii) Identifying pests .........5 hours

(iii) Understanding labels ......5 hours

(iv) Fumigating structures ....12 hours

(v) Taking readings using electronic and manual fumigation reading equipment .................3 hours

(vi) Calculating application rates of the fumigants and the warning agents ....................3 hours

(vii) Diagramming existing structure and calculating volume .......10 hours

(viii) Preparing fumigation sites 5 hours

(ix) Clearing the structure to insure safe re-entry .............3 hours

(B) Branch 2 (General Pest). The purpose of general pest control training is to impart the pest control field representative with sufficient theoretical and practical knowledge to enable the person to recommend and perform pest control work, inspections, pest identifications, and estimations, and to diagram sites as appropriate to make written recommendations for implementing a pest management program for household pests.
(i) Inspecting sites and writing inspection reports .......14 hours

(ii) Identifying pests ........24 hours

(iii) Understanding labels ......8 hours

(iv) Diagramming sites and existing structures ................5 hours

(v) Applying pesticides including baits, and using non-chemical methods ...................7 hours

(vi) Calibrating equipment .....2 hours

(C) Branch 3 (Termite). The purpose of termite training is to impart the pest control field representative with sufficient theoretical and practical knowledge to enable the person to recommend and perform termite work, inspections, estimations, and to diagram foundations of structures and areas inspected and to identify conducive conditions to provide written and visual documentation of inspection findings.
(i) Inspecting sites and writing inspection reports .......16 hours

(ii) Identifying pests ........10 hours

(iii) Understanding labels ......6 hours

(iv) Diagramming foundations of structures and portions of the structure inspected .......4 hours

(v) Applying pesticides including baits, and using non-chemical methods ..................10 hours

(vi) Calibrating equipment .....2 hours

(vii) Performing pre-construction and post-construction treatment using chemical and non-chemical methods ...........................6 hours

(viii) Performing remedial treatments for the control of subterranean and drywood termites found in Hawaii ...........................6 hours Fumigation for termites shall not be considered valid experience for branch 3.

(2) The applicant shall have been an applicator in at least twenty-five jobs within the Last four years in the specific branch for which application is being made and shall verify, at a minimum, the following:
(A) Branch 1 (Fumigation):

Twenty-five jobs of chemical application where the applicant was an applicator on structural fumigation jobs;

(B) Branch 2 (General Pest): Twenty-five jobs where the applicant was an applicator on chemical and nonchemical application jobs consisting of one or more of the following formulations: liquids, foams, dusts, gels, aerosols, baits, and granules; provided that not more than ten jobs shall consist of monitoring, baiting, or non-chemical methods;

(C) Branch 3 (Termite):

Twenty-five jobs where the applicant was an applicator on chemical and nonchemical application jobs consisting of one or more of the following formulations: liquids, foams, dusts, gels, aerosols, baits, and granules; provided that not more than ten jobs shall consist of monitoring, baiting, or non-chemical methods.

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