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Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education

Renewal Deadline: Structural applicators' licenses expire when their employer business license expires. CEUs must be completed the previous calendar year (Jan 1 - Dec 31) to be eligible to renew. Applicators do not have to obtain CEUs during the first calendar year they are certified.

CE Requirements: Structural applicators must complete two CEUs in general training and one in each category in which the applicator is certified. Of the two general category units, at least one must be in federal and state laws, pesticide safety, environmental protection, or integrated pest management.

State-approved Online Pesticide Courses

No course may be repeated for credit within the same recertification year.

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Annual Bluegrass Resistance Management | Texas SPCS Approval #845851

1 CEU: Weed Control 
Annual bluegrass has historically been an important weed of many, if not most, commodity and specialty crops. The extensive reliance upon herbicides as the primary means of control has led to an almost overwhelming presence of herbicide resistance. This course will discuss the currently reported cases of annual bluegrass resistance to various herbicides and how to develop an effective herbicide program.

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Antimicrobials | Texas SPCS Approval #845852

1 CEU: General – Other 
Unlike most pesticides, antimicrobial pesticides can be found in a wide variety of places and are readily available to the public. Antimicrobial pesticides also have unique label requirements. This course will discuss antimicrobial pesticides, their properties, potential risks, and hazards of use.

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Bat Damage Management | Texas SPCS Approval #851245

1 CEU: Pest Control 
The site of a bat hanging around a structure can be unnerving to most clients. Finding one inside a home is even more unsettling and can send the homeowner into a panic. This course will talk about the identification of bat issues, fundamentals of bat control, and a few health issues that can be quite costly for wildlife control operators and clients.

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Biology of Termites and Other Wood-Destroying Pests | Texas SPCS Approval #859452

1 CEU: Termite Control
The course will provide an overview of the biology of termites, for example, growth development, colony distribution, and their roles.

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Calibration Clinic - Pesticide Sprayers and Spreaders | Texas SPCS Approval #845860

1 CEU: General – Safety 
Proper application of pesticides and fertilizers on turfgrass is only possible with accurately calibrated equipment. These lessons discuss the calibration of three types of application equipment: handheld or back-pack pump-up sprayers, large acreage sprayers, and fertilizer or “dry-granular” spreaders as well as several different calibration techniques.

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Common Turfgrass Weeds | Texas SPCS Approval #851983

1 credit: Weed Control
Managing weeds in a turf stand can be a tricky proposition. Often times the client fails to recognize that the presence of weeds in a turf stand is the result of poor turf, not the cause. This course will provide applicators with a working knowledge of weed biology, weed identification, and how herbicides work.
Certified Crop Advisors: 1 credit IPM

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Control & Management of Unprotected Birds | Texas SPCS Approval #851279

1 CEU: Pest Control
Unwanted birds can pose a problem for applicators and their clients. Some people love to feed the birds and spend hours watching birds. Once birds have become established in an area they can be difficult to control or deter. Though this course will focus on the control and management of unprotected birds, some of the techniques covered will help with the management of protected birds when a permit is issued.

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Environmental Fate and Transport of Pesticides | Texas SPCS Approval #845864

1 CEU: General – Safety 
Pesticides are a key factor in pest management but it is important to understand what happens to those pesticides after the application. This course will review some key characteristics of environmental factors that can affect how pesticides move and degrade in the environment.

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Federal Pesticide Laws | Texas SPCS Approval #845871

1 CEU: General – Laws and Regulations 
Pesticides are regulated to utilize their benefits while protecting public health and welfare and preventing harm to the environment. This course addressed 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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Identification & Control of Noxious Weeds | Texas SPCS Approval #846213

1 CEU: Weed Control
Managing noxious weeds can be a tricky proposition. Applicators need to be aware of both the federal and state noxious weed lists and how that affects management tactics. This course covers several weeds on the federal noxious weeds list as well as other noxious weeds found throughout the southeastern United States.

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IPM for Ornamental Plant Pest Management | Texas SPCS Approval #845892

1 CEU: General – IPM 
IPM of ornamental plants involves multiple steps; producing a healthy plant, correctly identifying the problem, recognizing that there will always be some pests and damage, and only using pesticides as a last resort. This course teaches the basics of pest and disease management for ornamental plants, and the different tools and techniques needed to successfully provide your clients with a healthy and attractive landscape.

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IPM for Termite Prevention | Texas SPCS Approval #850258

1 CEU: Termite Control 
Termites are one of the most destructive pests in the United States. But there are several common-sense IPM practices that can be implemented to make a structure less inviting to termites from the start. This course will provide a review of IPM principles, termite biology, and several IPM practices to make any structure less attractive to termites.

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Management of Raccoons - Part A (Basic) | Texas SPCS Approval #866659

1 CEU: Pest Control
Because the management of raccoons is a detailed process, this topic is split into two courses: basic (part A) and advanced (part B). This basic course provides an overview of raccoon biology, damage, and control measures that can be taken. Additionally, this course will cover safety protocol and legal requirements of wildlife control.

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Management of Raccoons - Part B (Advanced) | Texas SPCS Approval #866660

1 CEU: Pest Control
Because the management of raccoons is a detailed process, this topic is split into two courses: basic (part A) and advanced (part B). This advanced course provides an overview of baiting principles and the different types of traps recommended for raccoons. This course will also touch on diseases carried by raccoons and how to humanely dispatch trapped raccoons.

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Management of Woodpeckers | Texas SPCS Approval #866661

1 CEU: Pest Control
There are many species of woodpeckers and they are all protected, so managing them requires careful and diligent observation. This course will cover differences between species and common behaviors. It will also cover many non-lethal methods of control and legal requirements for lethal control.

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Mice: The Ubiquitous Commensal Rodent | Texas SPCS Approval #851277

1 CEU: Pest Control
One of the challenges with house mice is that clients don't take house mice seriously. It's amazing how people will move heaven and earth when rats are around, but when it comes to mice they will simply say "oh, it's just a mouse!" This course will help educate applicators on the risks of allowing house mice to remain in a structure.

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Non-Termite Wood Destroying Insects and Fungi | Texas SPCS Approval #859464

1 credit: Pest Control
Termites are just one of the many wood-destroying pests found throughout the United States. Carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, and wood-damaging fungi can also cause severe structural damage if not properly managed. This course will cover the primary non-termite wood-destroying pests found throughout the country, the recommended treatments for each of those pests, and the primary sources of excess structural moisture.

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Ornamental Pesticide Application Equipment and Calibration | Texas SPCS Approval #951981

1 credit: Lawn & Ornamental
When pesticide applications become necessary for good ornamental plant management it's important to understand how application equipment works and how to properly calibrate the equipment. This course will discuss the most common types of equipment used for pesticide applications on ornamental plants, the way to calculate the volume of solution needed, and how to properly calculate the flow rate of the equipment.

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Personal Protective Equipment and Emergency Response | Texas SPCS Approval #846219

1 CEU: General – Safety 
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.

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Pest Management | Texas SPCS Approval #846214

1 CEU: Pest Control 
A pest is an undesirable organism that injures humans, desirable plants and animals, manufactured products, or natural substances. This course will 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.

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Pesticide Application Equipment & Methods for Subterranean Termite Control | Texas SPCS Approval #859445

1 CEU: General – Safety
There are a few pieces of equipment that are considered essential when making a termite prevention application. This course covers the basics of termite treatment equipment and calibration.

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Pesticide Application Procedures | Texas SPCS Approval #845857

1 CEU: General – Other
Pesticides may be applied 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 SPCS Approval #845873

1 CEU: General – Laws and Regulations  
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.

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Pesticide Hazards and First Aid | Texas SPCS Approval #845878

1 CEU: General – Safety 
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 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 SPCS Approval #845894

1 CEU: General – Laws and Regulations 
The pesticide label is the main method of communication between a pesticide manufacturer and pesticide users. By law, pesticide users are required to comply with all instructions and use directions found on the pesticide product label.

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Pesticide Labels and Safety Data Sheets | Texas SPCS Approval #851276

1 CEU: General – Laws and Regulations
Pesticide labels and safety data sheets (SDS) appear to contain much of the same information. While the label is the law, an SDS is not considered the law. As an applicator, it is important to understand the difference between a pesticide label and a safety data sheet and know what information can be found in each document. This course will review the various parts of pesticide labels and safety data sheets to identify the similarities and differences.

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Pesticides in the Environment | Texas SPCS Approval #845862

1 CEU: General – Safety
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.

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Planning the Pesticide Application | Texas SPCS Approval #846215

1 CEU: General – Laws and Regulations 
Before beginning a pesticide application, 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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Pollinator Stewardship | Texas Approval #846217

1 CEU: General – Other 
This course provides an outline of the primary concerns of the bee-keeping industry including colony collapse disorder (CCD), factors affecting honey bee decline, invasive insects, fungal disease, best practices for pollinator stewardship, and minimizing pesticide risks for pollinators.

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Respiratory Protection | Texas SPCS Approval #846222

1 CEU: General – Safety 
When the pesticide label requires a respirator it’s important to know how to use a respirator safely. This course outlines the types of respirators available, proper fit, and inspection/maintenance requirements.

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Skunks: $mell the $uccess | Texas SPCS Approval #851278

1 CEU: Pest Control
This course will discuss the lifecycle and biology of skunks, habitat modification to discourage skunks from taking up residence, trapping tips and techniques, the basics of rodenticide use, and the basics of euthanizing if allowable by law. It is important to be familiar with state and local laws regarding skunk management.

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Soil Treatments for Subterranean Termites | Texas SPCS Approval #859466

1 credit: Termite Control
Soil treatments for subterranean termites depend on the type of building construction. This course will cover the common methods of soil treatment used to prevent and control termite infestations.

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Subterranean Termite Treatments | Texas SPCS Approval #859439

1 credit: Termite Control
Soil treatments for subterranean termites depend on the type of building construction. However, certain features of building construction require special considerations when attempting to control termites. In some cases, liquid termiticides are not practical and other termite treatments are necessary.

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Termite Inspection and Treatment | Texas SPCS Approval #851978

1 credit: Termite Control
Inspecting and treating for termites can be a difficult process. Being familiar with common types of construction is extremely helpful. This course is a tour of the Mississippi State University Extension termite training facility. The facility consists of 12 different stations, each representing an area of a building or home where termites could enter the structure.

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Transportation, Storage, Security, and Professional Conduct | Texas SPCS Approval #846226

1 CEU: General – Safety 
This course discusses safety and security issues that may arise when pesticides are moved or stored, under what conditions uncertified people can make applications of restricted use products, and how to communicate these issues with customers.

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Turfgrass Disease, Insect, and Vertebrate Pests 1 | Texas SPCS Approval #851982

1 credit: Lawn & Ornamental
There are a variety of diseases, disorders, insects, and vertebrate pests that can cause problems in turfgrass. This course will give applicators and turf managers an overview of these common pests and strategies for their management.

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Understanding Rodenticides & Their Labels | Texas SPCS Approval #846224

1 CEU: General – Laws and Regulations
Rodenticides are becoming a widely discussed and concerning topic in the pest control field. There is a growing public concern at the risk of secondary and non-target poisonings when rodenticides are used. As a pest control operator is it your responsibility to understand how rodenticides work and how to read their labels. This course discusses the common types of rodenticides, their appropriate application, the risks involved with the use of each type of rodenticide, and takes a look at specific label language.

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