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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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Bed Bug Health Effects & Control | Texas SPCS Approval #896212

1 CEU: Pest Control
Bed bugs are a common and difficult household pest that can be linked to a number of health effects such as psychological issues, cutaneous reactions, allergic reactions, anemia, and potential disease transmission. This course outlines various management methods for bed bug control and treatment as well as common symptoms and signs of health effects caused by the presence of bed bugs.

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Invertebrate Invertebrate
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Biology of Termites and Other Wood-Destroying Pests | Texas SPCS Approval #896213

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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Termite Termite
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Common Turfgrass Weeds | Texas SPCS Approval #896211

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.

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Turf Turf
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Environmental Fate and Transport of Pesticides | Texas SPCS Approval #896210

1 CEU: General – Other
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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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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German Cockroach Control | Texas SPCS Approval #896214

1 CEU: Pest Control
German cockroaches can be a difficult pest to control. The temptation for most pest control operators is to reach for the pesticide right away, but there is much more involved in controlling a German cockroach infestation. This class will focus on an eco-friendly approach to German roach control strategies in the most difficult environments.

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Cockroach Cockroach
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Identification & Control of Noxious Weeds | Texas SPCS Approval #896207

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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Weed Control Weed Control
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IPM for Ornamental Plant Pest Management | Texas SPCS Approval #896205

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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Ornamental Ornamental
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IPM for Termite Prevention | Texas SPCS Approval #896216

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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Termite Termite
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Mice: The Ubiquitous Commensal Rodent | Texas SPCS Approval #896218

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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Vertebrate Vertebrate
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Non-Termite Wood Destroying Insects and Fungi | Texas SPCS Approval #896219

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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Structural Structural
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Ornamental Pesticide Application Equipment and Calibration | Texas SPCS Approval #896220

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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Ornamental Ornamental
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Personal Protective Equipment and Emergency Response | Texas SPCS Approval #896221

1 CEU: General – Other
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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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Pest Management | Texas SPCS Approval #896222

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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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Pesticide Formulations | Texas SPCS Approval #896206

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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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Pesticide Hazards and First Aid | Texas SPCS Approval #896215

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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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Setting up a Mosquito Control Program | Texas SPCS Approval #896208

1 CEU: Pest Control
Mosquito control programs manage the population of mosquitoes to reduce their damage to human health. Mosquito control is a vital public-health practice as mosquitoes are the number one vector of disease globally, spreading many diseases. Mosquitoes can cause significant pain, irritation, and infection from their bites, which are a considerable nuisance. This course outlines mosquito control’s components, methods, benefits, and complexities.

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Mosquito Mosquito
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Skunks: $mell the $uccess | Texas SPCS Approval #896223

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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Vertebrate Vertebrate
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Turfgrass Disease, Insect, and Vertebrate Pests | Texas SPCS Approval #896209

1 credit: General – Other
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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Turf Turf
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