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SPCS Technician and Apprentice Licensing

Licensed Technicians
A commercial technician is defined as the person who, under the direct supervision of a certified applicator, performs pest control services. A technician must be licensed for every business for which they are employed or for whom they perform pest control services.

A noncommercial technician is defined as the person who, under the direct supervision of a certified applicator, performs pest control services for a governmental entity, apartment building, day-care center, hospital, nursing home, hotel, motel, lodge, warehouse, food-processing establishment, school or education institution.

The applicant must first register as an apprentice and complete all apprentice training requirements before taking the exam for a technician license.

Apprentice Requirements
Submit an Application for Apprentice Registration and Technician License form with the $125 fee within 10 days of employment or within 10 days of beginning pest control services.

SPCS will review the application and conduct a background review, if necessary. An apprentice card will then be issued for 12 months from date of hire.

An apprentice may provide pest control services in the category for which training has been completed under the direct supervision of a certified applicator.  This means that a certified applicator shall have personal contact at least three days per week. 

Required Training:

  • 20 hours classroom training in the general standards with at least two hours in each of the following subjects:
    • Federal and state laws that regulate the industry
    • Recognition of pests and pest damage
    • Pesticide labels and label comprehension
    • Pesticide safety
    • Environmental protection
    • Application equipment and techniques
    • Pesticide formulations and actions
    • Emergency procedures and pesticide cleanup, and procedures for immediate reporting of spills and misapplications
    • Basic principles of mathematics, chemistry, toxicology and entomology
    • Non-chemical pest control techniques, including biological, mechanical, and prevention techniques.
  • 8 hours of classroom training in each category seeking licensure.
  • 40 hours of on-the-job training in each category seeking licensure. 
  • Apprentices must attend and participate in a SPCS approved technician training course prior to taking the technician exam.

Verification of training must be kept in the personnel file of the apprentice and are subject to review by SPCS personnel. 

Exam Preparation
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
Phone: (979)845-1099
Fax: (979)845-6251
www-aes.tamu.edu/

 

Exams

  • Apprentices must attend and participate in a SPCS approved technician training course prior to taking the technician exam.
  • Submit an Application for Apprentice Registration and Technician Exam along with $64 for each category exam.  Pass an exam in each category in which training was completed to receive a technician license. 
  • Exam must be passed prior to the expiration date of the apprentice card.  May retest as many times as needed during a 12-month period. 
  • A technician license will be issued when the exam is passed.  Technicians may provide pest control services under direct supervision and receive instructions at least three days per week from a certified applicator. 
  • To add a category, the individual must receive 40 hours of on-the-job training and 8 hours of classroom training in the additional category and pass the category exam.

Criminal Background
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.

Expiration
The expiration date of the technician license will be based on the expiration date of the business or noncommercial certified applicator.   

Training Required to Renew License
Licensed technicians must complete eight hours of verifiable training for the calendar year of renewal year.  The verifiable training must be reported on a prescribed verifiable training record form and be verified for each annual renewal of the technician's license.

  • Two of the eight hours of training may be on-the-job training or hands-on training.
  • Internet training or videotape training may be used if the certified applicator certifies that the training is the appropriate training.
  • Hour for hour credit will be given if a SPCS approved continuing education unit course is completed.
  • No courses may be repeated for credit per year.
  • Verifiable training records form must be kept on a format prescribed by SPCS in the business file for at least two years after termination of employment.

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.   

Changing Employers
Submit a Change of License Form and pay any fees within 10 days of the effective date.