Texas Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Courses

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!

Need to obtain your applicator's license? Check out our Pesticide Applicator Core Exam Prep Course!

Online Courses

Texas Federal Pesticide Laws (# 0753583)

Pesticides are hazardous substances that can cause serious harm if used improperly. Pesticides are regulated to utilize their benefits while protecting public health and welfare and preventing harm to the environment. Federal and state pesticide laws and regulations control the labeling, sale and distribution, storage, transportation, use and disposal in the best public interest. This course addresses the requirements set forth by federal regulations. Pesticide applicators are responsible for learning about and complying with all regulations.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Laws and Regulations

Course Description

$19.00 Add to cart

Texas Personal Protective Equipment and Emergency Response (# 0753590)

PPE comprises the clothing and devices you wear to protect your body from contact with pesticides. 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 understand the protections and limitations of PPE. Proper PPE
selection, use, and care are essential.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of General Education - Safety Factors

Course Description

$19.00 Add to cart

Texas Pest Management (#0753581)

After completing this course in its entirety, participants will be able to discuss the importance of pest identification in pest control, describe how pest population levels trigger control procedures and give several reasons why pesticide applications may fail.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of General Education - Pest Features

Course Description

$19.00 Add to cart

Texas Pesticide Application Procedures (#0753596)

Today’s pest management practices require modern equipment to apply a variety of pesticides. Pesticides may be applied as sprays, dusts, granules, gases (vapors), fogs, baits, grubs, or dips. The vast array of application equipment must be matched to the pesticide as well as to the size and type of the job. To make an effective, safe, and efficient application, read the label first. In addition, you must properly select, operate, calibrate, and maintain your equipment.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of General Education - Application Techniques

Course Description

$19.00 Add to cart

Texas Pesticide Formulations (#0753586)

A pesticide formulation is a combination of active and inert ingredients that forms an end-use pesticide product. Pesticides are formulated to make them safer or easier to use. There are many formulations available for various pest control sites and situations, and it is important that applicators choose the best one for the job.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of General Education - Pesticide Factors

Course Description

$19.00 Add to cart

Texas Pesticide Hazards and First Aid (#0753587)

Pesticides are designed to be toxic to living organisms so they can control pests (e.g., plants, insects, rodents, fungi, and bacteria). At the same time, pesticides must be used with special care to avoid harming nontarget organisms, including pesticide applicators, handlers, and anyone else exposed to the product. Pesticides can have both short-term and long-term effects on humans. As a result, pesticide users need to be concerned with the hazards associated with exposure to the chemical and not exclusively with the toxicity of the pesticide.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of General Education - Safety Factors

Course Description

$19.00 Add to cart

Texas Pesticide Labeling (#0753585)

The pesticide label is the main method of communication between a pesticide manufacturer and pesticide users. The information printed on and attached to the pesticide container is the label. By law, pesticide users are required to comply with all instructions and use directions found on the pesticide product label.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Laws and Regulations

Course Description

$19.00 Add to cart

Texas Pesticides in the Environment (#0753591)

Applicators and the public share concerns about how pesticides may harm the environment. 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.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Drift Minimization

Course Description

$19.00 Add to cart

Texas Planning the Pesticide Application (#0753594)

Planning is essential before beginning a pesticide application. To help plan, you should know how to select the right pesticide for the job, review the label, test for pesticide compatibility before mixing, choose what personal protective equipment to wear, transfer pesticides safely, and clean up after an application.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of General Education - Pesticide Factors

Course Description

$19.00 Add to cart

Texas Transportation, Storage, Security and Professional Conduct (#0753593)

This course discusses safety and security issues that may arise when pesticides are moved or stored.  It is important for certified applicators to know under what conditions uncertified people can make applications of restricted use products. You also need to understand the importance of communication and how to communicate with customers about what you are doing.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of General Education - Pesticide Factors

Course Description

$19.00 Add to cart

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.

 

Course Demo


Here is short preview from the Pesticides in the Environment course.

Share