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Pesticide Commercial/Noncommercial Applicator License

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) licenses pesticide applicators who use restricted-use and state-limited-use pesticides and regulated herbicides for the following purposes:

      • aerial application
      • agriculture
      • aquatic pest control
      • ornamental plant and turf production
      • forestry
      • right-of-way maintenance
      • research
      • regulatory pest control
      • seed treatment, commodity fumigation
      • education and research

 
Unless otherwise noted, this information refers to pesticide applicator licenses regulated by Texas agricultural law and regulations.

Definitions
Commercial applicator: operates a business or is employed by a business that applies restricted-use or state-limited-use pesticides to the property of another person for hire or compensation.

Noncommercial applicator: is required to be licensed, but does not qualify as a commercial applicator.

Noncommercial political subdivision (NCPS): an applicator employed by a political subdivision of the state of Texas or a federal agency operating in Texas.

TDA Pesticide Applicator Categories:

  1. Agricultural Pest Control
    A. Field Crop Pest Control
    B. Fruit, Nut and Vegetable Pest Control
    C. Weed & Brush Control in pasture and rangeland
    D. Predatory Animal Control
    E. Farm Storage Pest Control and Fumigation
    F. Animal Pest Control
    G. Citrus Pest Control
    H. Livestock Protection Collar
    I.  M-44
  2. Forest Pest Control
  3. Ornamental Plant and Turf Control
    A. Plant Pest & Weed Control*
    B. Greenhouse Pest Control
  4. Seed Treatments
  5. Right-of-way Pest Control
  6. Aquatic Pest Control
    A. Aquatic Plant and Animal Pest Control
    B. Anti-fouling Paint
  7. Demonstration and Research
  8. Regulatory Pest Control
  9. Aerial Application
  10. Chemigation
  11. NA
  12. A Vector Control
    B Rodent Control

Commercial Applicator Licensing Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Pass the TDA general examination, laws and regulations examination and at least one category/subcategory examination other than aerial application or demonstration & research pest control;
  • Provide the required certification of financial responsibility;
  • Submit an application with a nonrefundable fee; 
  • Not have been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude in the last five years; and
  • Submit or have employer submit an Applicator Business Registration. 


Noncommercial Applicator Licensing Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Pass the TDA general examination, laws and regulations examination and at least one category/subcategory examination other than aerial application or demonstration & research pest control; and
  • Submit application with license fee. 


Noncommercial Political Subdivision Licensing Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Pass the TDA general examination, laws and regulations examination and at least one category/subcategory examination other than aerial application or demonstration & research pest control; and
  • Submit application with license fee.   


Exam Preparation
Study materials for license exams may be purchased from Texas AgriLife Extension Service. You may obtain order form D-1405 from a county Extension office or:

Extension Agricultural and Environmental Safety Program
P.O. Drawer FS,
College Station, Texas 77841
Phone: (979)845-1099
Fax: (979)845-6251
www-aes.tamu.edu/

Testing
TDA offices offer monthly testing. Applicants must be able to read and comprehend the subject matter; oral tests are not given. A passing grade is 70 or above.

There is no test fee for the general or laws and regulations exams. A $24 test fee is charged before testing for each category or subcategory exam. NCPS applicators are exempt from exam fees.

Application for license
After passing the general exam, laws and regulations exam and at least one category other than aerial application or demonstration & research pest control, the applicator must submit a license application with the appropriate license fee. In addition, commercial applicators must provide certification of financial responsibility in the amount of $100,000 property damage and $100,000 bodily injury per occurrence.

Expiration
The license expires annually on the anniversary date on which it was issued or renewed.

Recertification Requirements
Licensed commercial, noncommercial and NCPS applicators are required to recertify every year by obtaining five continuing education credits; with one credit each from two of the following categories: laws and regulations, integrated pest management or drift minimization.

Pesticide Applicator Recordkeeping Requirements

Pesticide Applicator Recordkeeping Form  (a word version is also available on the forms page)

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