CLAYTON'S CORNER

Private applicator training scheduled

By Gary Clayton | Published Thursday, February 17, 2011

A private applicator training and test has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, at 8 a.m. at the Wise County Extension office located at 206 S. State St., in Decatur. The $45 registration fee includes the study booklet, lunch and refreshments.

This class is for those individuals who do not currently have a pesticide applicator license, but would like to get one. Individuals who have a license that has been expired less than one year are not eligible to take this class.

The class is limited to the first 20 paid participants.

As defined by law, a private applicator is a person who uses or supervises the use of a restricted use or state-limited-use pesticide or a regulated herbicide for the purpose of producing an agricultural commodity.

The licensed private applicator is responsible for assuring that persons working under his or her direct supervision are knowledgeable of the label requirements governing the use of the pesticides they are using.

Licensing as a private applicator requires practical knowledge of pest problems and control practices associated with agricultural operations.

Licensed private applicators are required to re-certify every five years by obtaining 15 continuing education units (CEUs) by Dec. 31 of the year preceding license expiration. That includes two credits in laws and regulations and two credits in integrated pest management. Up to 10 CEUs may be obtained through TDA- approved home study programs.

Check out the Texas Department of Agriculture’s website for more information. www.agr.state.tx.us/pesticide.

Private applicators may earn the required credits by passing a 200-question re-certification exam administered by TDA. If an applicator passes the exam, a certificate of completion for 15 CEUs will be issued. The license costs $60. Come by the Extension office to sign up or call (940) 627-3341 for more information.

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