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Online Texas Pesticide Applicator Exam Prep Course

Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Exam Prep Program

12 Hour Exam Prep | Online HD Video
This course is intended as a study guide for preparing to take the Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Exam administered by your state, tribe, territory, or federal department/agency. Passing the core exam is essential to becoming a certified applicator. This certification course benefits both you and the general public. By learning how to handle pesticides correctly, you will be able to protect yourself, others, and the environment from pesticide misuse.
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Online Texas Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Courses

 

Right of Way: Pest Control | Texas Approval #0774410

4 Hours | Approved for 4 Credits:  1 General & 3 Laws and Regulations 
This course will help applicators in Texas understand the five main groups of pests, identifying those pests , and help applicators decide on management strategies.  It will also cover the main causes of plant disease, plant life cycles, and the developmental stages through which plants progress.
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Right of Way: Weed Control | Texas Approval #0774411

4 Hours | Approved for 4 Credits:  2 General, 1 IPM, 1 Drift Minimization  
This course will review the methods and techniques to manage vegetation on rights of way and non-cropland industrial sites safely without damage to non-target species, sites, objects or the environment in Texas.
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Aquatic Weed Control | Texas Approval #0774400

2 Hours | Approved for 2 Credits:  1 General & 1 IPM 
Managing aquatic weeds in Texas revolves around proper plant identificaiton.  Tailoring management strategies to address specific aquatic plant life is only possible through accurate identification.  This course teaches the basics of aquatic weed identification, and the different approaches to aquatic plant management.
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Balancing Pest Management and Pollinator Health | Texas Approval #0774415

2 Hours | Approved for 2 Credits:  1 General & 1 IPM 
This course covers the importance of honey bees, details honey bee decline statistics, and outlines the strategies that can be implemented in Texas to coordinate the effors of farmers, beekeepers, and applicators to find the balance between managing pest and protecting pollinators. 
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Integrated Pest and Resistance Management | Texas Approval #0774405

2 Hours | Approved for 2 Credits:  1 General & 1 IPM
This course covers a range of topics important to pesticide resistance management in Texas including Integrated Pest managaement (IPM), correct sampling techniques for plant pathogens, proper insect identificaiton, and pesticide application equipment calibration.  
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Pest Identification: Corn, Soybean and Grain Sorghum | Texas Approval #0774406

2 Hours | Approved for 2 Credits:  2 General 
This course discusses pest identification and management strategies for corn, soybean and grain sorghum.  Each species is identified according to various stages of maturity, the signs and symptoms exhibited, and the type of biological, cultural or chemical control recommended for each.
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Pest Identification: Rice and Cotton | Texas Approval #0774409

2 Hours | Approved for 2 Credits:  1 General & 1 IPM
This course discusses proper insect and plant pathogen sampling techniques as well as pest identification for Rice and Cotton.  Each pest and pathogen are identified according to various stages of maturity, the signs and symptoms exhibited, and the type of biological, cultural or chemical control recommended for each.
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Pollinator Stewardship | Texas Approval #0774414

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit: 1 IPM
This course provides an outline of the primary concerns of the bee-keeping industry including colony collapse disorder (CCD), factors effecting honey bee decline, invasive insects, fungal disease, best practices for pollinator stewardship, and minimizing pesticide risks for pollinators in Texas.
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Federal Pesticide Laws | Texas Approval #775497

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  Laws and Regulations
Pesticides are regulated to utilize their benefits while protecting public health and welfare, and preventing harm to the environment in Texas. This course addresses the Federal pesticide laws that control the labeling, sale and distribution, storage, transportation, use and disposal in the best public interest. 
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Personal Protective Equipment and Emergency Response | Texas Approval #775506

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  General - Safety Factors
Wearing PPE can reduce exposure (dermal, inhalation, ocular, or oral) and thereby lower the chances of pesticide injury, illness, or poisoning. It is important that all pesticide applicators and handlers in Texas understand the protections and limitations of PPE.
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Pest Management | Texas Approval #775495

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  General - Pest Features 
This course addresses the Federal pesticide laws that control the labeling, sale and distribution, storage, transportation, use and disposal of Pesticides while protecting public health and welfare, and preventing harm to the environment in Texas.
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Pesticide Application Procedures | Texas Approval #775503

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  General - Application Techniques 
Pesticides may be applied in Texas as sprays, dusts, granules, gases (vapors), fogs, baits, rubs, or dips and require the correct equipment for the pesticide as well as the job size and type. In addition, you must properly select, operate, calibrate, and maintain your equipment.
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Pesticide Formulations | Texas Approval #775501

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  General - Pesticide Factors 
Pesticides are formulated to make them safer or easier to use. There are many formulations available for various pest control sites and situations in Texas, and it is important that applicators choose the best one for the job.
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Pesticide Hazards and First Aid | Texas Approval #775497

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  General - Safety Factors 
Pesticides are designed to be toxic so they can control pests (e.g., plants, insects, rodents, fungi, and bacteria) while not harming non-target organisms and anyone else exposed to the product.  Pesticide users in Texas need to be concerned with the hazards associated with exposure to the chemical and not just the toxicity of the pesticide.
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Pesticide Labeling | Texas Approval #775504

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  Laws and Regulations
The pesticide label is the main method of communication between a pesticide manufacturer and pesticide users.  By law, pesticide users in Texas are required to comply with all instructions and use directions found on the pesticide product label.
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Pesticides in the Environment | Texas Approval #775502

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  Drift Minimization
Applicators and the public share concerns about how pesticides may harm the environment in Texas. Initially, hazards to humans were the primary reason the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided to classify a pesticide as a restricted-use product.
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Planning the Pesticide Application | Texas Approval #775505

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  General - Pesticide Factors 
Before beginning a pesticide application in Texas, you should know how to select the right pesticide for the job, review the label, test for pesticide compatibility before mixing, select personal protective equipment, transfer pesticides safely, and clean up after an application.
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Transportation, Storage, Security and Professional Conduct | Texas Approval #775498

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  General - Pesticide Factors 
This course discusses safety and security issues that may arise when pesticides are moved or stored in Texas , under what conditions uncertified people can make applications of restricted use products and how to communicate these issues with customers.
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State Requirements


RENEWAL

Renewal Cycle: 

  • Commercial/Noncommercial: Annual
  • Private: 5 years

Renewal Deadline: Date of issuance for all license holders.

How do I renew my Texas pesticide applicator license?
The Texas Department of Agriculture will send a renewal notice approximately 45 days before your expiration. You will need the username and password from this notice to renew your license. If you did not receive a renewal notice TDA will send a duplicate. Call 877-542-2474 or email license.inquiry@texasagriculture.gov

  1. Complete your state required continuing education – Texas applicator courses
  2. Log in to the TDA renewal system to pay the appropriate fees and renew your license.

Do I need continuing education credits to maintain my Texas pesticide applicators license?
The amount of continuing education and fees required to renew your Texas pesticide applicator license varies depending on the license you hold.

APPLICATOR

RENEWAL CYCLE

CREDITS

STATE FEE

Private

5 years

15 credits including:
 - 2 credits of Laws & Regulations
 - 2 credits of Integrated Pest Management

$60

Agricultural Commercial

Annual

5 credits including:
 - 1 credits of Laws & Regulations
 - 1 credits of Integrated Pest Management or Drift Minimization

$180

Agricultural NonCommercial

Annual

5 credits including:
 - 1 credits of Laws & Regulations
 - 1 credits of Integrated Pest Management or Drift Minimization

$120

Agricultural NonCommercial Political Subdivision

Annual

5 credits including:
 - 1 credits of Laws & Regulations
 - 1 credits of Integrated Pest Management or Drift Minimization

$12

INITIAL CERTIFICATION

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

Agricultural Private Applicator –

  • Step 1 – You must be 18 years or older
  • Step 2 – Attend a Private Applicator training session
  • Step 3 – Obtain a hard copy of the Private Pesticide Applicator license application form.
  • Step 4 - Submit completed Private Pesticide Applicator form, a $100 fee, and the white copy of the Training Verification form to the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).
  • Step 5 -The TDA will send the applicant a letter with their account number. Use this account number to register with PSI for the $65 exam. 800-733-9267. You must score 70% or more on the exam to pass.
  • Step 6 – PSI will send your exam scores to TDA daily. TDA will issue a license.

Agricultural Commercial Applicator –

  • Step 1 – You must be 18 years or older
  • Step 2 – Complete exam prep
  • Step 3 – Complete an application for a Commercial Applicator or Noncommercial Applicator and submit a license fee to TDA
    • Commercial Applicator Fee - $200/year
  • Step 4 – Submit the completed applicator license and fee to TDA
  • Step 5 – The TDA will send the applicant a letter with their account number. Use this account number to register with PSI for the $65 exam. 800-733-9267. You must score 70% or more on the exam to pass.
  • Step 6 – PSI will send your exam scores to TDA daily. TDA will issue a license.

Agricultural Noncommercial Applicator–

  • Step 1 – You must be 18 years or older
  • Step 2 - Complete exam prep
  • Step 3 – Complete an application for a Commercial Applicator or Noncommercial Applicator and submit a license fee to TDA
    • Noncommercial Applicator Fee - $140/year
    • Noncommercial Political Applicator - $75/year
  • Step 4 – Submit the completed applicator license and fee to TDA
  • Step 5 – The TDA will send the applicant a letter with their account number. Use this account number to register with PSI for the $65 exam. 800-733-9267. You must score 70% or more on the exam to pass.
  • Step 6 – PSI will send your exam scores to TDA daily. TDA will issue a license.

Agricultural Noncommercial Political Subdivision –

  • Step 1 – You must be 18 years or older
  • Step 2 - Complete exam prep
  • Step 3 – Complete an application for a Commercial Applicator or Noncommercial Applicator and submit a license fee to TDA
    • Noncommercial Applicator Fee - $140/year
    • Noncommercial Political Applicator - $75/year
  • Step 4 – Submit the completed applicator license and fee to TDA
  • Step 5 – The TDA will send the applicant a letter with their account number. Use this account number to register with PSI for the $65 exam. 800-733-9267. You must score 70% or more on the exam to pass.
  • Step 6 – PSI will send your exam scores to TDA daily. TDA will issue a license.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are your courses state approved?

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

Who submits my continuing education to the state?

Upon completion of your course(s), Certified Training Institute will submit your continuing education courses to the state for you.

What happens if I miss my Texas pesticide applicator renewal?

Applicators who fail to renew their license by their expiration date will incur a late fee.

  • 90 days or less – Licenses that are overdue 90 days or less will incur a 50% late fee.
  • 90 days or more – Licenses that are overdue 100 days or more will incur a late fee of 100% the renewal fee.
What classifications of applicator's licensing does Texas have?

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

  • Agricultural Private Applicator – Individuals who use or supervise the use of restricted-use or state-limited-use pesticides for agricultural commodities on property owned or rented by the individual or the individual’s employer without compensation.
  • Agricultural Commercial Applicator – Individuals who operate a business or are employed by a business that applies restricted-use or state-limited-use pesticides to the property of others for hire.
  • Agricultural Noncommercial Applicator – Individuals who are licensed but do not qualify as commercial applicators.
  • Agricultural Noncommercial Political Subdivision – Individuals employed by political subdivisions of Texas or a federal agency that operates in Texas.
What are the categories and subcategories for Texas pesticide licensing?

The State of Texas currently has 22 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 Pest Control
(1A) Field Crop Pest Control
(1B) Fruit, Nut and Vegetable Pest Control
(1C) Pasture and Rangeland
(1D) Vertebrate Pest Control
(1E) Farm Commodity Pest Control
(1F) Animal Health
(1G) Citrus Pest Control
(1H) Livestock Protection Collar
(1I) M-44
(2) Forest Pest Control
(3)Lawn and Ornamental Pest Control
(3A) Landscape Maintenance
(3B) Nursery Plant Production
(4) Seed Treatments
(5) Vegetation Management
(6) Aquatic Pest Control
(7) Demonstration and Research
(8) Regulatory Pest Control
(9)Aerial Application
(11) Soil Fumigation
(12) Public Health Pest Control

Does the State of Texas offer reciprocity with other states?

Yes! Texas offers reciprocity with Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, and Oklahoma. To apply, nonresident applicators should contact their state department and request that their test scores are faxed to TDA (888) 216-9865.  Then the applicator needs to complete an Application for commercial Pesticide License or an Application for Noncommercial Applicator license and turn it into to TDA with a fee.  Next, the Applicator will need to pass TD’s general standards exams.

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Pesticide Applicator Training

We offer the best in Online Pesticide Education providing CEUs approved by the Texas Department of Agriculture. Our instructor lead video courses are fast, easy, affordable and meet state licensing requirements. We offer the following continuing education courses in full HD video, and they are available when you are!

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