Private Applicator Training & CEU’s
Williamson County Extension Office typically offers the Pesticide Private Applicator Training courses quartly throughout the year. But if you need assistance sooner call our office.
Licensed private applicators are required to recertify every five years by obtaining 15 continuing education credits, including two (2) credits in laws and regulations and two credits in integrated pest management (IPM), prior to expiration of the license.
How Do I Obtain A Private Applicator License?
Call our office and see when the next Private Applicator Training is Scheduled. 512-943-3300
For a complete list of instructions for how to obtain a Pesticide Private Applicator License, see Private Applicator Convenience Testing Instructions
If you need your private applicator’s license remotely, you can get your training done online at https://agrilifelearn.tamu.edu/s/product/texas-private-pesticide-applicator-training/01t4x000002ciNUAAY. Once you complete the online course, you will need to travel to a testing center to take the test.
Texas Department of Agriculture webpage regarding Pesticide Private Applicator License https://www.texasagriculture.gov/RegulatoryPrograms/Pesticides/PesticidePrivateApplicatorLicense.aspx
Online CEU Opportunities
AgriLife Learn has courses available that offer CEU’s towards a private pesticide applicator’s license. Visit https://agrilifelearn.tamu.edu/.
Once you are on the AgriLife Online Courses webpage you will see a number of subject areas where courses are offered. You will find courses that offer CEU’s under “Environment and Natural Resources”, “Pest and Weed Control”, and “Rangeland Management. Click on the course that you are interested in and a page will pop up that gives you more information about the course. If you are interested in taking it click on the green “Enroll Now” button and register and pay for the course.
There is a list of approved courses on the Texas Department of Agriculture’s website https://ceusearch.texasagriculture.gov/CourseList.aspx. Under the course title it will tell you what CEU category the course is on (General, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), or Laws & Regulations and how many hours you will receive from completing the course.
If you have misplaced your renewal notice you can contact TDA and ask them to resend another invoice by calling (877) 542-2474. Your license will expire on the 5 year anniversary of when you received your license. During the 5 years you must get 15 hours of continuing education units of which 2 hours must be in laws and regulations and 2 hours in integrated pest management. The remaining 11 hours can be in general or any category including IPM or L&R.General Information on the TDA Private Pesticide Applicator License
You must maintain the CEU certificates on file for one year following renewal of your license, in case of an audit by TDA. License renewal fees increase after 90 days and 120 days following renewal. If your license is expired for over one year you must contact TDA to get renewed.
Record Keeping Requirements
Private Pesticide Applicator Recordkeeping Requirements (pdf)
Record Keeping Forms
Pesticide Applicator Record Form (pdf)
Commercial Applicator License Information
The Commercial Applicator Convenience Testing flyer linked below gives step by step instructions on getting started as well as other helpful links.
- How to begin the Commercial License process: com noncom applicator convenience testing flyer.pdf (texasagriculture.gov)
- Important link to obtain study materials from the AgriLife Extension Office: 2023 AES Catalog.pdf (agrilife.org) or call (979) 845-1099
- While it is not necessary to attend training before testing here is a link to some available training. Pesticide Training for Commercial/Noncommercial Applicators (texasagriculture.gov)
- This is the link to the TDA where you can get the Commerical License Application. Pesticide Commercial/Noncommercial Applicator License (texasagriculture.gov)