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Structural Pest Control Service
TDA's Structural Pest Control Service licenses and regulates pest management professionals who apply pesticides in an around structures.



SPCS Mission: SPCS will provide exceptional customer service to the public and the industry, enhance the educational and professional standards of license holders and ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public.



To view the "Structural Pest Control Enforcement Report," select the Reports and Publications button at the top and type structural in the program name box.



IMPORTANT SPCS UPDATES: 

• TDA has published in the Texas Register a notice of General Rule Review. This review is being conducted in accordance with the requirements of Texas Government Code §2001.039, which requires state agencies to review and consider public input for readoption for each of their rules every four years. Please see the Texas Register publication for further information including how to submit comments to the general rule review. 

• The Official Texas Wood Destroying Insect Report (WDIR) SPCS/T-5 has been revised. The form was released in September 2019 replacing the SPCS/T-4 version of the form. This version used the term “Hardie-plank” in section 5B under the selections for siding. After feedback from licensees, we have revised the Hardie-plank to reflect “Fiber-cement board” due to the previous term being a brand name (i.e. Kleenex vs. facial tissue). As a result, the SPCS/T-5 has a revision date of 9/1/20. Licensees may use SPCS/T-5 with revision dates of either 9/1/19 or 9/1/20 (only the 2020 version is available on our website). As a reminder, the Texas Official WDIR form is a prescribed form and no revisions or omissions are allowed. Please do not add logos to the report. 


 Apprentice Registrations Important Reminders:
• Apprentices must be registered within 10 days of beginning training and employers must indicate the day they began training in the date of hire field. Please note apprentice registrations submitted more than 10 days after the date of hire will result in the date of hire not being accepted as the effective date of the registration.  All on-the-job and classroom training must occur during the apprentice registration period and apprentices must take and pass the Technician exam prior to the expiration of their Apprentice Registration. If an apprentice is unable to take and pass the Technician exam/s during their apprentice registration, they will be unable to have a technician license issued. Apprentices unable to pass the Technician exam prior to apprentice registration expiring, will need to re-register as an Apprentice, redo all OJT & classroom training (other than the Technician Training Course, if completed) to continue working and submit a new SPT-420 application to take the Technician Exam.


 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Courses and Technician Training Courses:
• Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TDA will allow for Department approved CEU courses and Technician Training Courses to be given as a web-based interactive course, where the audience can ask questions of the instructor, exchange information, etc.  The Department must be notified ahead of time of any web-based interactive course, and we must be provided with web access to the course in the event we are able to monitor the course.  We will allow such a course to be given until further notice.  Course providers are responsible for adhering to all other rules such as establishing procedures for verification of completion, including accurately recording participant attendance throughout the stated class length, etc.


  • •Need to apply for an Apprentice to take the Technician exam? Please see our page on how to schedule a licensing exam here. Please do not submit another apprentice registration. Apprentice applications submitted in error will not receive a refund. 


  • •Reminder to Certified Applicators: Please complete all required Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by December 31st. CEUs must be completed each calendar year (except the first calendar year your license is issued). CEUs may be completed online every other year. Please see our CEU Search page to find approved courses. CEU Extensions will not be approved for CY 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions as allowances to give courses online and live using meeting platforms allows all applicators to attend CEUs and practice social distancing. CEU Extension for significant medical hardship or military deployment will still be considered.


Pre-Construction and Structural Fumigation Notification System



Beginning January 9, 2018, all pre-construction and structural fumigations notifications and cancellations must be made using the designated electronic notification system. This electronic notification system utilizes a form that can be completed using either a computer or a smart phone to alert TDA of a pending fumigation or pre-construction termite treatment. Notifications made via phone, fax and email will be accepted up until September 1, 2018; however, we encourage you to use the electronic system as soon as possible.    



This system has been an option for pest control operators to notify TDA since September 14, 2015 and will take the place of all phone, fax and email notifications.  


Should you have any questions or need help with filling out the notification form, please do not hesitate to contact us at 866-918-4481..


Submit notification for commercial pre-construction treatment 


Submit notification for structural fumigations


 






Important Note for business license renewals:

Current insurance and a renewal fee must be received by the license expiration date to avoid a business license lapse. If the fee and/or insurance is received after the expiration date, the business license will be expired. Licenses are renewable until the anniversary of the expiration date a year later (ex: expiration 12/31/2019 renewable until 12/31/20). Paying a late fee penalty does not allow the business to operate until the license is renewed and issued.