Pesticide applicators looking to receive 1 credit hour of TDA pesticide general CEU, who take this course will learn about herbicides, different mode of actions and different herbicide families. 

 For more information or to enroll please call (979)-845-3849 or email Richelle Overton, richelle.overton@ag.tamu.edu or Mark Matocha ma-matocha@tamu.edu


This course is designed to assist pest management companies in training new employees.  In addition, untrained personnel from local and state governments, industry, and institutions (such as school districts) will benefit greatly from participation in this training program. The goal of this course is to provide technician apprentices and other employees with an opportunity to receive 20 hours of in-depth training relating to the 20 hours of “classroom” training required by the Texas Department of Agriculture Structural Pest Control Service. Topics covered include: Applicator Certification and Licensing, State and Federal Laws, Environmental Protection, General Safety, Entomology, Pesticide mode of action, Pesticide Label Comprehension, Application Equipment, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

For Questions or to enroll contact Mark Matocha - mmatocha@ag.tamu.edu - 979-845-1099. 

Apprentice – According to Structural Pest Control Laws and Regulations, an apprentice is a person, who is registered by a business or noncommercial entity to train for a technician license, has not passed the technician examination, and who performs pest control services under the direct supervision of a licensed technician or a certified applicator. An apprentice may work only for the business or noncommercial entity for which they are registered.

Public Health Pest Control Category Training is a blended course designed for state, county, local government noncommercial vector control technicians and seasonal employees of the vector control agencies. Participants will receive certified training that will prepare them for the Public Health pest control category exam with the Texas Department of Agriculture.

For Questions or to enroll contact Mark Matocha - mmatocha@ag.tamu.edu - 979-845-1099.

School IPM is a course designed for Texas School IPM coordinators who will learn about educating teachers and staff on requirements for school integrated pest managment in Texas. A self-directed learning experience, it will educate teachers and staff about the requirements for school integrated pest management (IPM) in Texas.

After the course, teachers should be able to:

  • Articulate school IPM rules
  • Adhere to the district’s IPM program
  • Report a pest problem to IPM coordinator
  • Locate additional information about IPM and Texas school IPM rules

For more information, or to enroll, contact Janet Hurley at ja-hurley@tamu.edu

Target Audience: Texas Structural Pest Control Technician Apprentices - Lawn and Ornamental Category

This 8 hour course is designed to satisfy the SPCS Apprentice Training Requirements as specified in Section 593.21 h (2) "8 hours of classroom training in each category in which the apprentice is to provide pest control services."

To register go to http://agrilifevents.tamu.edu/index.cfm

For more information contact Dr. Mark Matocha, mmatocha@ag.tamu.edu, (979) 845-3849 Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

The Texas Mosquito Management online course is a web-based course designed for Private Pesticide Applicators seeking Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) continuing education units (CEUs). This course provides 4.0- General CEU, 2.0- Integrated Pest Management CEU and 1.0 Laws & Regulations CEU. Students who complete the course will gain knowledge of the biology & identification, surveillance, and starting an IMM program. Additional information is provided to give participants a greater understanding of public education and control measures. Laws and regulations related to pesticide use are also highlighted. Follow the log in directions supplied in the follow-up Course Enrollment email to formally enroll in the course.

To purchase and enroll in the course click here.

For more information contact Dr. Sonja Swiger, slswiger@ag.tamu.edu


Texas "Pest Category" Pest Management is a self-directed course designed for Technician Apprentices, Technicians, and Certified Applicators with a Pest Category license (Texas Structural Pest Control Service, TDA), or anyone wanting advanced training in this category. Participants will gain basic and advanced instruction in "Pest Category" pest management from taking this course.

To register for the course go to:
http://agrilifevents.tamu.edu/events/online_courses.cfm

For Questions or to enroll contact Mark Matocha - mmatocha@ag.tamu.edu - 979-845-1099.

This course is designed for Pesticide Applicators in Texas, who will learn crucial information that will prepare them to take the Private Applicator Exam administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

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 APPLICATOR CANNOT RETEST FOR A NEW LICENSE UNTIL 1 YEAR AFTER THE EXPIRATION OF THEIR OLD LICENSE***

For Questions or to enroll contact Mark Matocha - mmatocha@ag.tamu.edu - 979-845-1099.

Texas "Termite Category" Pest Management is a self-directed course designed for Technician Apprentices, Technicians, and Certified Applicators licensed in the Termite Category of the Structural Pest Control Service (SPCS), a division of Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). Participants will gain an advanced understanding of Termite Identification, Biology, and Pest Management from taking this course.

To register for the course go to: http://agrilifevents.tamu.edu/events/online_courses.cfm

For Questions or to enroll contact Mark Matocha - mmatocha@ag.tamu.edu - 979-845-1099.

Target Audience: Texas Structural Pest Control Technician Apprentices -Weed Category

This 8 hour course is designed to satisfy the SPCS Apprentice Training Requirements as specified in Section 593.21 h (2) "8 hours of classroom training in each category in which the apprentice is to provide pest control services."

To register go to http://agrilifevents.tamu.edu/index.cfm
For more information contact Dr. Mark Matocha, mmatocha@ag.tamu.edu, (979) 845-3849 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

This course is intended for professionals seeking continuing education credits. 

The Understanding Wild Pig History and Biology online course is a web-based course designed for professionals seeking continuing education credits. Students who complete the course will gain knowledge of the history biology and management of wild pigs. Additional information is provided to give participants a greater understanding of wild pig impacts to humans, livestock and the environment. Laws and regulations related to wild pigs are also highlighted.

This course provides 2.5 CEU Credits for the following entities:

*The Wildlife Society allows a maximum of 3 contact hours in Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist Renewal/Professional Development Certificate Program for participation in wild pig distance education course.CEU Logos

Click here to purchase and receive enrollment instructions.

For information contact Mark Tyson at Mark.Tyson@ag.tamu.edu or Dr. James Cathey at jccathey@tamu.edu

This course is intended for CEU credit seeking individuals in Texas. This course will count as a 2 Hour continuing education credit. 

This is a web-based course for Private Pesticide Applicators seeking Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) continuing education units (CEUs). This course provides 1- General CEU and 1- Integrated Pest Management CEU. Students who complete the course will gain knowledge of the history, biology and management of wild pigs. Additional information gives participants a greater understanding of wild pig impacts to humans, livestock and the environment. Laws and regulations related to wild pigs are also highlighted.

Click here to purchase and receive enrollment instructions

For information contact Mark Tyson, Mark.Tyson@ag.tamu.edu or Dr. James Cathey, jccathey@tamu.edu