Skip to content
Search
(800)-Tell-TDA
835-5832

Agricultural Applicator CEU FAQ
How many CEUs do I need?
Answer:

Private - 15 CEUs
2 credits in laws and regulations and 2 credits in integrated pest management (IPM).
10 hours may be earned with approved Internet or correspondence courses.

Agricultural Commercial/Noncommercial - 5 CEUs
1 credit each from 2 of the following categories: laws and regulations, integrated pest management or drift minimization.
CEUs may be earned with approved Internet or correspondence courses every other year.

Structural Certified Applicators - 3 CEUs (minimum)
2 general and 1 in each category in which the applicator is certified.
1 general CEU must be in federal and state laws, pesticide safety, environmental protection or integrated pest management. 
CEUs may be earned with approved Internet or correspondence courses every other year.
No course may be repeated for credit within the same recertification year.


When must I earn the required CEUs?
Answer:

Agricultural:  Prior to the expiration of the license.

Structural:  CEU requirements are for the calendar year (Jan. 1-Dec.31). For example, if you renew at any time in 2010, you must have taken your CEUs during calendar year 2009. Applicators are not required to earn CEUs during the first year in which their license is issued.


How long do I need to keep certificates of completion?
Answer:

Agricultural: Certificates of completion must be maintained by the applicator for a period of 12 months after the most recent renewal of their license or certificate. The department may audit CEUs during an onsite inspection or by requesting copies of certificates of completion be mailed to the department.

Structural: Certificate of completion must be kept for a period of two years. The department may audit CEUs during an onsite inspection or by requesting copies of certificates of completion be mailed to the department.


What special requirements are required for structural fumigation applicators?
Answer:

Remember that all applicators certified in the Structural Fumigation category must conduct and/or perform four hours of training each year along with a minimum of one CEU per year in structural fumigation.  TDA inspectors are checking these training records during inspections even if applicators maintain the category but do not actually conduct structural fumigations.  These training records must be maintained by the business for two years.


What are the requirements for sponsoring a CEU course?
Answer: Please see the Texas Pesticide Recertification Course Accreditation Guide for more information regarding the requirements for sponsoring a CEU course.