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Title: Texas Department of Agriculture Pesticide Division


1
Texas Department of Agriculture Pesticide Division
  • Todd Staples, Commissioner
  • Jimmy Bush
  • Assistant Commissioner for Pesticides

2
Texas Department of Agriculture Structural Pest
Control Service P.O. Box 12847, Austin, TX
78711-2847 PERRY CERVANTES 512-463-7692
3
  • How to become licensed as a Pesticide Applicator
    both Agriculturally and Structurally

4
  • BRIEF HISTORY
  • September 2007 the Structural Pest Control
    Board became a part of the Texas Department
    of Agricultures Pesticide Program and is now
    known as the Structural Pest Control Service.
  • There are 2 laws that we work under, The
    Agriculture side works under Chapter 76 of the
    Agriculture Code and SPCS works under the
    Occupations Code Chapter 1951

5
  • Agriculture Licensing
  • An individual is required to be licensed by
    the Texas Department of Agriculture when applying
    Restricted-Use Pesticides, State-Limited-Use
    Pesticides, and/or Regulated Herbicides.

6
  • Agriculture Licensing
  • Commercial and Non Commercial Political exams
    taken on the Agriculture side may be taken at the
    various regional offices and exams sites
    throughout the state. Please check the website
    for the schedule
  • www.texasagriculture.gov look under programs by
    division, under pesticide programs, agricultural
    pesticide applicator, pesticide exams.

7
Agriculture Licensing -Private Applicator-Person
producing an agriculture product on property
that is owned or rented by the person or the
persons employer or is under the persons general
control -Non-Commercial Regular and
Political-performing pesticide applications as
part of your job, does not qualify as Private or
Commercial -Commercial-Person who operates a
business or is employed by a business that
applies, Restricted Use or State Limited Use
pesticides
8
Agriculture Licensing-Private Applicator
  • For this purpose a private applicator license
    will work at a school for use on the school farm
    or greenhouse but not in other areas of the
    school IE football/soccer fields.
  • To acquire a Private applicator license,
  • One must take a class from the Texas Agri-Life
    extension service
  • Pass the Private Applicator exam
  • Submit 60 for the license fee

9
Agriculture Licensing-Private Applicator
  • License is good for 5 years
  • 15 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) must be
    attained in the 5 year period of issuance
  • Of those 15 CEUs, at minimum,2 must be in LR
    and 2 in IPM, the remaining 11 may be in other
    educational hours approved by the Department

10
Agriculture Licensing Commercial and Non
Commercial Political
  • Must take and pass General (free), L R (free),
    and at least one category exam (24 per attempt)
    to obtain license. Categories include
  • Agricultural Pest Control, including animal pest
    control
  • a) Field Crop
  • b) Fruit Nut and vegetable
  • c) Weed and Brush Control
  • d) Predatory Animal Control
  • e) Farm storage Pest Control and Fumigation
  • f) Animal Pest Control
  • g) Citrus Pest Control
  • h) Livestock Protection Collar Application

11
Agriculture Licensing Commercial and Non
Commercial Political
  • Forest Pest Control
  • Ornamental and Turf Pest Control
  • A) Plant Pest And Weed Control
  • B) Greenhouse Pest Control
  • Seed Treatment
  • Right Of Way Pest Control
  • Aquatic Pest Control
  • A) Aquatic Plant and Animal Pest Control
  • B) Anti Fouling Paint
  • Demonstration and Research
  • Regulatory Pest Control
  • Aerial
  • Chemigation
  • A) Vector Control for Non Commercial Health
    Related Pests

12
Agriculture Licensing Commercial and Non
Commercial Political
  • CEU REQUIREMENTS
  • Must obtain 5 CEUs within license period (12
    months)
  • Of 5 CEUs must have at least 2 of these 3 within
    the 5 Laws and Regulations, Drift Minimization
    and IPM. The other 3 may be obtained in other
    department approved CEUs

13
Agriculture Licensing Commercial and Non
Commercial Political
  • Commercial Licenses are
  • 180 annually
  • Non Commercial Licenses are 120 annually
  • Non Commercial Political
  • 12 annually

14
Training of Unlicensed Employees on the
Agriculture Side
  • Licensed applicators employed by political
    subdivisions (IE YOU) who supervise unlicensed
    employees that make any pesticide applications
    are responsible for assuring that the following
    requirements are met
  • A) Unlicensed employee obtains 5 CEUs (those
    same type that are required for the Non
    Commercial Political applicator) OR

15
Training of Unlicensed Employees on the
Agriculture Side
  • B) OR OR OR Unlicensed employee is trained on the
    appropriate laws and regulations pertaining to
    pesticide use, the label information for the use
    of all pesticides that are applied and pesticide
    safety training.
  • This one can be done by the LICENSED PERSON so
    dont go telling your boss Im making you ALL go
    to a CEU course!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

16
Training of Unlicensed Employees on the
Agriculture Side
  • A record of training received or CEUs obtained by
    the unlicensed person shall be kept for period of
    2 years and made available for inspection upon
    request. The record may be a Certificate of
    completion, CEUs Certificate, or training on a
    form prescribed by the department

17
Training of Unlicensed Employees on the
Agriculture Side
  • Employees that are not licensed may work under
    the Direct Supervision of a Licensed Employee.
  • An individual is considered under the direct
    supervision when acting under the instructions
    and control of a licensed applicator who is
    responsible for the actions of the unlicensed
    individual.
  • Licensed applicator must be available when and if
    needed but does not have to be on-site unless
    designated by the label (has to be within reason,
    cell phone is fine as long as your in the area)

18
Training of Unlicensed Employees on the
Agriculture Side
  • A licensed applicator is responsible for assuring
    that the unlicensed individual is knowledgeable
    of the label requirements and rules and
    regulations governing the use of pesticides.
  • Complete DIRECT SUPERVISION AFFIDAVIT
  • A licensed applicator satisfies the requirements
    of this section by training the unlicensed person
    as a TRAINER under the Federal Worker Protection
    Standard.

19
Agriculture Licensing and Reciprication with the
Structural Pest Control Service If you are
licensed with the SPCS, you may recipricate the
following categories SPCS Lawn and Ornamental
PLUS Weed Control will transfer to the
AGRICULTURE Lawn and Ornamental
20
Agriculture Licensing and Reciprication with the
Structural Pest Control Service SPCS Weed
Control will transfer to the AGRICULTURE Right of
Way The General exam grade will transfer, in
order that you may transfer the grades from SPCS
to Agriculture, you must take the Agriculture
Laws and Regulations exam
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  • SWITCH

22
Structural Pest Control Licensing and
Reciprication with the Agriculture side
  • THERE IS NONE!!

23
Structural Pest Control Licensing and
Reciprication with the Agriculture side
  • There is no reciprocity from the Agriculture
    side to the SPCS side. An applicator does get
    credit for having been licensed for 12 months out
    of the last 24 months, but no categories are
    matched. We will speak more on how this works
    later.

24
Structural Pest Control Licensing
  • Apprentice- Beginning employee , whose training
    program is the responsibility of the responsible
    Certified Applicator
  • Apprentice once registered must have Verifiable
    Training completed. There is a 20 hour classroom
    training, 40 hour on the job training and an 8
    hour category specific training that must be
    recorded and kept by the responsible CA

25
Structural Pest Control Licensing
  • APPRENTICE continued-
  • Until ALL the hours have been completed, a
    Responsible CA will be physically present for the
    applications done by the Apprentice
  • Once completed the Responsible CA shall meet face
    to face at least 3 times a week and the
    apprentice may work alone.

26
Structural Pest Control Licensing
  • APPRENTICE continued-
  • To go from Apprentice to Tech or Non-Commercial
    CA
  • Must take a Tech/Non Commercial training
    course-once taken you do not have to take it
    again, please save the Certificate of Completion
  • Once taken, the person may take either the Tech
    or the Non Commercial Certified Applicator exam

27
Structural Pest Control Licensing
  • APPRENTICE continued-
  • If the apprentice does not become a TECH or NON
    COMMERCIAL CA within the year, then the
    apprentice must re-register and do all the
    verifiable training hours again.

28
Structural Pest Control Licensing
  • TECHNICIAN
  • Because of the ability to take the class and go
    immediately to become a NON COMMERCIAL CA, we do
    not have many NON COMM APPRENTICES OR
    TECHNICIANS.
  • If it is chosen by the school to register
    apprentices, then once they take the TECH/NON
    COMMERCIAL CA class, the person can either become
    a TECH OR NON COMM CA by examination.

29
Structural Pest Control Licensing
  • TECHNICIAN
  • To sign up for an exam, the apprentice must send
    in a Technician Exam Application and we request
    that be done 30 days in advance of the date of
    exam that they choose.
  • SPCS exams are pre-set dates in cities throughout
    the state, at this time THEY ARE NOT BEING DONE
    IN ANY OF OUR REGIONAL OFFICES.

30
Structural Pest Control Licensing
  • TECHNICIAN
  • Exam sites and dates are located at the following
    address
  • www.texasagriculture.gov/spcs

31
Structural Pest Control Licensing
  • Non Commercial Political Certified Applicator
  • To become a Non Commercial Political Certified
    Applicator one must take a Non Commercial CA
    training class.
  • Once completed, you may sign up for an exam
  • Check the website for dates and test city

32
Structural Pest Control Licensing
  • Non Commercial Political Certified Applicator
  • Pick a date or city
  • Fill out and send in an exam application for
    Certified Applicator License, please send money
    as well.
  • You may also fill this out on-line at our website

33
Structural Pest Control Licensing
  • Non Commercial Political Certified Applicator
  • At minimum to receive a license you will need to
    take the General exam and a category.
  • Exams are 50 per exam and you may include your
    85 license fee at this time.
  • Note If your license fee is included at the
    time of exam application, once we grade your
    exams, we can issue the license, if the license
    fee is not included, we will let you know you
    passed and ask for license fees at that time, it
    just takes a little longer.

34
Structural Pest Control Licensing
  • Non Commercial Certified Applicator
  • Intitial license fee is 85 and renewals after
    that are 80 annually
  • This application counts towards both a Commercial
    as well as a Non Commercial so please indicate
    that on the paperwork. The requirements are
    different to receive a Commercial license so it
    is important that you indicate that this is for a
    Non-Commercial license.

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Structural Pest Control Licensing
  • Commercial Applicators
  • Have at least 12 months of verifiable pest
    control experience out of the past 24 months and
    have possessed a SPCS Tech license for at least 6
    months
  • Have a degree in the biological sciences from an
    accredited college or university (we ask that you
    attach official transcripts) degrees such as
    Agronomy, Entomology, Biology are accepted and
    may be associates or bachelor degrees

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Structural Pest Control Licensing
  • Commercial Applicators
  • I am not currently licensed as a technician with
    the SPCS but I have proof of previous employment
    or experience in the industry or technical field
    experience of at least 12 months out of the past
    24 months from a previous occupation-attach a
    signed and notarized statement from previous
    employer or other applicable documents.
  • THIS IS WHERE YOUR AG LICENSE COUNTS!!!

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Structural Pest Control Licensing
  • For Non Commercial Applicators
  • 4. I have attended or will attend the approved
    Non Commercial Certified Applicator training
    course on _____________(date)
  • (Only applies to those seeking Non Commercial
    Licensure) Enclose a copy of training course
    Certificate
  • This is where you would fall if you took the class

38
Structural Pest Control Licensing
  • For Non Commercial Applicators
  • By law, if you have received a Non Commercial
    license with SPCS, you must maintain it for a
    minimum of 2 years before you can transfer it to
    a Commercial License.

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For More Information
  • PERRY CERVANTES
  • 512-463-7692
  • 1-800-TELL-TDA
  • WWW.TEXASAGRICULTURE.GOV
  • WWW.TEXASAGRICULTURE.GOV/SPCS
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