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TDA private applicator training set for next week

By Todd Vineyard | Published Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wise County Texas AgriLife Extension Service will be conducting a private applicator training 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, at the Extension office, 206 S. State St., in Decatur.

The training was scheduled due to recent changes in the Texas Department of Agriculture private applicator’s license program.

As in the past, producers will still have to participate in training provided by the Extension Service, but instead of taking the TDA test immediately following the training, they will have to contact a testing company called PSI.

There are 22 testing sites across the state, with the closest being in Fort Worth. Other locations include: Abilene, Amarillo, Arlington, Austin (two sites), Corpus Christi, Dallas, Richardson, El Paso, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Houston (four sites), Lubbock, McAllen, Midland, San Antonio (two sites), Tyler and Waco.

It’s important to remember that PSI requires a 48-hour notification to cancel or reschedule exams or fees will be forfeited. Also, the company expects test-takers to be punctual, and fees will be forfeited if the applicant is late for an appointment.

To receive a private pesticide applicator’s license, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Attend a private pesticide applicator training session first. Contact the Wise County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for training opportunities. You may purchase training materials at the Wise County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 206 S. State St., in Decatur or call 940-627-3341.
  • Step 2: Submit the completed private pesticide applicator application form, license fee of $60 and the white (original) copy of the training verification form to TDA for processing.
  • Step 3: When the license application is accepted, TDA will send the applicant a letter in the mail with his or her account number. This account number is the number the applicator will use to register and schedule the private applicator exam with PSI.
  • Step 4: Applicants can go to PSIexams.com or call 1-800-733-9267 to schedule an exam at one of 22 locations around the state. A Pesticide Licensing Examination Candidate Information Bulletin is provided at the PSI website to assist the applicant with the exam scheduling process. A private applicator exam is free for the first attempt. If the applicant fails the first attempt, the second (or subsequent) attempts will require a payment of $52 each time to PSI. There is a 24-hour waiting period to take a repeat exam. PSI will provide a confirmation number and testing location information.
  • Step 5: Upon completion of the exam, the testing center will provide test results immediately. A passing grade is 70 percent or higher.
  • Step 6: PSI will send exam scores to TDA daily. If all licensing criteria are met, TDA will issue the license.

Training and all required study materials will cost $55 per participant. Again, the training will be held at the Wise County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 206 S. State St., in Decatur.

To register for the class and to obtain study materials, come by the Extension office or call 940-627-3341. We recommend you contact the office by Monday, July 7, to have adequate time to look over study materials before the training. Seating is limited.

Todd Vineyard is a Wise County Extension agent.

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