A certified commercial applicator is defined as the person who is responsible for providing training and direct supervision for pest inspections, identifications and control measures of a licensed business. This person may be a certified commercial applicator for only one business license location.
A certified noncommercial applicator is defined as the person who as an employee is responsible for providing pest control services to a governmental entity, apartment building, day-care center, hospital, nursing home, hotel, motel, lodge, warehouse, food-processing establishment, school or educational institution.
- Have held a technician license for at least six months and been employed with duties including pest control services under the supervision of a licensed certified applicator for at least 12 of the last 24 months;
- Have a degree in a biological science* and furnish an official copy of their college transcript; or
- Have 12 months verifiable technical field experience in the past 24 months from another occupation. The applicant must submit a signed and notarized statement from their previous employer detailing technical field experience as it relates to pest control.
- For noncommercial applicators only, complete a SPCS approved noncommercial applicator training course.
Associates and Bachelor Degrees Accepted:
- Animal Science
- Landscape Architecture
- Agricultural Science
- Environmental Science
- Earth Science
Study materials for license exams may be purchased from Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
Extension Agricultural and Environmental Safety Program
P.O. Drawer FS,
College Station, Texas 77841
Certified Applicator Exams:
To take the certified applicator exams you will need to submit the “Application for Certified Applicator Exam and License” form found here or by applying online (here). ***Please Note*** No EXAM FEES need to be included with this application; PSI will collect the fees for the examinations. However, the $125.00 licensing fee will be due, unless paid on a previous application. Once processed, you will be sent correspondence from TDA either requesting further information or advising you of your eligibility and giving you instructions on scheduling the exams.
As a reminder, all applicants for Certified Applicator are required to take the General Exam (noted as TX General Certified Applicator on PSI exams website) as well as one category and pass with 70% or more correct to become licensed.
If you are not currently licensed as a technician with SPCS, you will need to submit documentation verifying your eligibility for a certified applicator license. Methods of eligibility and required documentation are as follows:
§ 2 year or 4 year degree in a biological science:
Official Transcripts (Acceptable degrees include agronomy; entomology; animal science; landscape architecture; forestry; agricultural science; biology; chemistry; environmental science; earth science; horticulture)
§ Previous CA licensee in Texas:
Record of your license must be on file with the department.
§ Technician or applicator license in another state:
Letter of license verification from the issuing state.
§ Other industry experience:
Letter outlining experience and any supporting documentation requested by the department.
Copy of correspondence from department granting hardship.
§ Currently licensed as a Certified Applicator wishing to add a category: If you are currently licensed as a Certified Applicator and are either currently working for a business or your license is "Inactive" you may contact PSI to schedule an exam. Your unique ID number will be your Certified Applicator license number (be sure to include the leading zero). PSI can be reached at www.psiexams.com or 1-800-733-9267.
Note: Structural Fumigation Exams - Certified Applicators testing in structural fumigation must submit their 40 hours of training to firstname.lastname@example.org for prequalification. Once training is approved you will be sent an eligibility letter that will allow you to schedule the Structural Fumigation exam with PSI.
Insurance for Noncommercial Entities
Employers of individuals applying for a noncommercial certified applicator license must file with SPCS a policy or certificate of insurance in an amount of not less than $200,000 bodily injury and property damage coverage with a minimum total aggregate of $300,000 for all occurrences, insuring the employer against liability for damage to persons or property under the care, custody and control of the certified noncommercial applicator. Certified noncommercial applicators employed by governmental entities are exempt from this provision.
SPCS performs a criminal background review, if necessary. A Department of Public Safety criminal background check will be performed if a criminal arrest is indicated on the application.
Applicants who have ever been arrested, with the exception of Class C misdemeanor traffic violations, are required to provide the details concerning each arrest. The application will not be processed if the answer to the arrest question is yes but details requested are not provided. Please be prepared to provide this information as requested.
The license expires annually and expiration coincides with the expiration of the business license under which the applicator license is issued.
- 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 do not have to get CEUs during the first year in which their license is issued.
- Applicators must earn two CEUs in general training and one in each category in which the applicator is certified. Of the two general category units, at least one must be in federal and state laws, pesticide safety, environmental protection or integrated pest management.
- No course may be repeated for credit within the same recertification year.
- Only one CEU each year may be obtained through a self-study or Internet course.
Change of Address
Must be submitted within 10 days of the effective date. Include company name and license number, Social Security number, and old and new addresses and phone numbers. To get a copy of the license with the new information, submit a written request.
Submit a Change of License Form and pay any fees within 10 days of the effective date.