A private pesticide applicator is someone who uses or supervises the use of restricted-use or state-limited-use pesticides or regulated herbicides to produce an agricultural commodity on:
- Personally owned property;
- Rented property;
- Property owned by his or her employer;
- Property under his or her general control; or
- The property of another person if applied without compensation, other than the trading of personal services between producers of agricultural commodities.
An agricultural commodity is a plant or animal grown for sale, lease, barter, feed or human consumption and animals raised for farm or ranch work. No license is required to apply general-use pesticides to produce agricultural commodities.
STEPS TO BECOMING A PRIVATE PESTICIDE APPLICATOR
Step 1: Attend a Private Pesticide Applicator training session FIRST. Contact your county Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office fortraining opportunities at 903-885-3443. A new private applicator training will be conducted August 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM.. TexasA&M AgriLife Extension offers the Texas Private Applicator Training Course online also.. You will find more information at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/index.cfm/productDetails/ProductID/2099/. You may purchase training materials at the Hopkins County Extension office located at 1200B Houston Street in Sulphur Springs or at www-aes.tamu.edu or call (903) 885-3443.
Step 2: Upon completion of the training, a Training Verification form will be provided to the applicant. Applicants should keep the yellowcopy for their records
Step 3: The applicant needs to obtain a hard copy of the Private Pesticide Applicator license application form (PA- 400P) fromTDA. (Website: www.TexasAgriculture.gov or Phone: 1-800-835-5832 or 512-463-7622).
Step 4: Submit the completed Private Pesticide Applicator application form, license fee of $100, and the white (original)copy of the Training Verification form to TDA for processing.
Step 5: When the license application is accepted, TDA will send the applicant a letter in the mail with their Account Number. ThisAccount Number is the number the applicator will use to register and schedule the Private applicator exam with PSI
o A Pesticide Licensing Examination Candidate Information Bulletin is provided at the PSI website to assist theapplicant with the exam scheduling process.
o The private applicator will pay $64 per exam.
o If the applicant fails the first attempt, there is a 24 hour waiting period to take a repeat exam.
o PSI will provide a confirmation number and testing location information.
Ø Step 7: Upon completion of the exam, the center will provide test results immediately. A passing grade is 70%.
Ø Step 8: PSI will send exam scores to TDA daily. If all licensing criteria are met, TDA will issue the license.
To register for the Upcoming Pestice Private Applicator Training call 903-885-3443.