STATE REQUIREMENTS

Renewal Cycle: Annually
Renewal Deadline: December 31st

Do I need continuing education credits to maintain my Tennessee pesticide applicators license?

  • Private Applicators – must renew every 3 years through a course at the county Extension office.
  • Certified Commercial Applicators – must renew every 3 years by obtaining differing levels of education depending on the category of the applicator.  Applicators can take no more than 50% of their CE courses online.  Applicators cannot earn more than 75% of their points at one school.

Tennessee Pesticide Applicator Continuing Eduation Requirements

Agricultural (CO1)
Certified Between 1/1/18 & 6/30/18 - 18 pts
Certified Between 7/1/18 & 6/30/19 - 12 pts
Certified Between 7/1/19 & 6/30/20 - 6 pts
Certified on or after 1/1/20 - Rollover to 2023

Forest Pest Control (CO2)
Certified Between 1/1/18 & 6/30/18 - 12 pts
Certified Between 7/1/18 & 6/30/19 - 8 pts
Certified Between 7/1/19 & 6/30/20 - 4 pts
Certified on or after 1/1/20 - Rollover to 2023

Ornamental & Turf (CO3)
Certified Between 1/1/18 & 6/30/18 - 18 pts
Certified Between 7/1/18 & 6/30/19 - 12 pts
Certified Between 7/1/19 & 6/30/20 - 6 pts
Certified on or after 1/1/20 - Rollover to 2023

Seed Treatment (CO4)
Certified Between 1/1/18 & 6/30/18 - 12 pts
Certified Between 7/1/18 & 6/30/19 - 8 pts
Certified Between 7/1/19 & 6/30/20 - 4 pts
Certified on or after 1/1/20 - Rollover to 2023

Aquatic Pest Control (CO5)
Certified Between 1/1/18 & 6/30/18 - 12 pts
Certified Between 7/1/18 & 6/30/19 - 8 pts
Certified Between 7/1/19 & 6/30/20 - 4 pts
Certified on or after 1/1/20 - Rollover to 2023

Right-of-Way (CO6)
Certified Between 1/1/18 & 6/30/18 - 18 pts
Certified Between 7/1/18 & 6/30/19 - 12 pts
Certified Between 7/1/19 & 6/30/20 - 6 pts
Certified on or after 1/1/20 - Rollover to 2023

Industrial, Institutional, Structural, & Health-Related Pest Control (CO7)
Certified Between 1/1/18 & 6/30/18 - 30 pts
Certified Between 7/1/18 & 6/30/19 - 20 pts
Certified Between 7/1/19 & 6/30/20 - 10 pts
Certified on or after 1/1/20 - Rollover to 2023

Public Health ( CO8)
Certified Between 1/1/18 & 6/30/18 - 18 pts
Certified Between 7/1/18 & 6/30/19 - 12 pts
Certified Between 7/1/19 & 6/30/20 - 6 pts
Certified on or after 1/1/20 - Rollover to 2023

Demonstration, Research, and Regulatory Pest Control (C10)
Certified Between 1/1/18 & 6/30/18 - 18 pts
Certified Between 7/1/18 & 6/30/19 - 12 pts
Certified Between 7/1/19 & 6/30/20 - 6 pts
Certified on or after 1/1/20 - Rollover to 2023

Wood Preservatives (C11)
Certified Between 1/1/18 & 6/30/18 - 9 pts
Certified Between 7/1/18 & 6/30/19 - 6 pts
Certified Between 7/1/19 & 6/30/20 - 3 pts
Certified on or after 1/1/20 - Rollover to 2023

Pesticide Dealer (C12)
Certified Between 1/1/18 & 6/30/18 - 18 pts
Certified Between 7/1/18 & 6/30/19 - 12 pts
Certified Between 7/1/19 & 6/30/20 - 6 pts
Certified on or after 1/1/20 - Rollover to 2023

Antifouling Marine Paint (C13)
Certified Between 1/1/18 & 6/30/18 - 9 pts
Certified Between 7/1/18 & 6/30/19 - 6 pts
Certified Between 7/1/19 & 6/30/20 - 3 pts
Certified on or after 1/1/20 - Rollover to 2023

Microbial Pest Control (C14)
Certified Between 1/1/18 & 6/30/18 - 9 pts
Certified Between 7/1/18 & 6/30/19 - 6 pts
Certified Between 7/1/19 & 6/30/20 - 3 pts
Certified on or after 1/1/20 - Rollover to 2023

Sewer Line Treatment (C16)
Certified Between 1/1/18 & 6/30/18 - 9 pts
Certified Between 7/1/18 & 6/30/19 - 6 pts
Certified Between 7/1/19 & 6/30/20 - 3 pts
Certified on or after 1/1/20 - Rollover to 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get my Tennessee pesticide applicator's license?

Certified Commercial Applicators –

  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Step 2 – Complete the Application for Commercial Pesticide Exam with the $150 fee.
  • Step 3 – Pass a certification exam.
  • Step 4 – Complete $25 state exam and at least one category exam.

Private Pesticide Applicators –

  • Step 1 – Attend an education seminar at the county extension office.
  • Step 2 – Pay $30 to the extension office and $10 to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Who submits my continuing education to the state?

Certified Training Institute will submit continuing education to the state at the end of each month.

Are your courses state approved?

Yes! All of our courses are state approved. Approval numbers are listed after the course title.

What classifications of applicator's licensing does Tennessee have?

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture recognizes the following classification of applicator licensing:

  • Certified Commercial Applicator – an individual who is salaried and does not receive direct compensation for the application of pesticides.
  • Private Applicator – An individual who applies or supervises the application of pesticide on their own or another’s property without compensation.
What are the categories and subcategories for Tennessee pesticide licensing?

The State of Tennessee currently has 16 categories and subcategories for pesticide licensing. Applicators holding a commercial license will need to pass the core exam along with at least one of these specialties. Click here for a description of each classification.

  1. Agricultural Plant
  2. Forest Pest Control
  3. Ornamental & Turf
  4. Seed Treatment
  5. Aquatic Pest Control
  6. Right of Way
  7. Structural Pest control
  8. Public Health
  9. Demo & Research
  10. Wood Preservatives
  11. Pesticide Dealer
  12. Antifouling Paint
  13. Microbial Pest Control
  14. Sewer Line Treatment
Does the State of Tennessee offer reciprocity with other states?

Tennessee offers reciprocity with Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and South Carolina. More information can be found here.

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