New Pesticide Private Applicator Training By Mario Villarino

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

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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.




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 You may purchase training materials at the Hopkins County Extension office located at 1200B Houston Street in Sulphur Springs or at 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: 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 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.


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

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