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New Pesticide Private Applicator Training By Mario Villarino

New Pesticide Private Applicator Training schedule for August 16, 2017 in Sulphur Springs.

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 FIRSTContact your county Texas A&M AgriLife  Extension office for training opportunities at 903-885-3443. A new private applicator training will be conducted August 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM.. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension offers the Texas Private Applicator Training Course online also.. You willfind 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 yellow copy for their records

 

Step 3: The applicant needs to obtain a hard copy of the Private Pesticide Applicator   license application form (PA- 400P) from TDA. (Website: www.TexasAgriculture.gov orPhone: 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 forprocessing.

 

Step 5: When the license application is accepted, TDA will send the applicant a letter in the mail with their Account Number. This Account Number is the number the applicator willuse to register and schedule the Private applicator exam with PSI

 

Step 6: Applicants can go to PSIexams.com or call 1-800-733-9267 to schedule an exam at one of 22 locations around the state.

o     A Pesticide Licensing Examination Candidate Information Bulletin is provided at the PSI website to assist the applicant 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.

 

Important: If an applicant has any questions about licensing or categories, please contact TDA at 1-800-835-5832 or 512-463-7622.

To register for the Upcoming Pestice Private Applicator Training call 903-885-3443.

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Mario Villarino DVM, Ph.D.
Hopkins County Extension Agent for Ag and NR
1200B Houston Street
Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482
903-885-3443

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