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I t is the time of year that individuals who hold Pesticide Applicator Licenses need to be thinking about renewals. Here are some tips to answer some frequent questions and make the license renewal process easier.
If your license is set to expire Feb. 28, 2011, you must have all the required continuing education units, or CEUs completed by that date. You should have hours in the following categories for the Private Certificate and Private License: 2 hours Laws & Regulations, 2 hours Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and 11 of General.
General hours can consist of those which are listed simply as general, drift, laws & regulations, or IPM, as long as the previous Laws and Regulations and IPM requirement is met. For example, 4 hours of IPM will count as 2 hours IPM and 2 hours will count towards General requirement. Renewal for the Private License is $60 for 5 years and Private Certificate is still free, but you must submit the renewal form.
Also, you should have already begun receiving your renewal letters from Texas Department of Agriculture if your license is set to expire. Upon receipt, you should ensure that you have the adequate number of CEUs for renewal and return the renewal form, with payment if required and return to TDA. If you do not receive a renewal letter, you should contact TDA.
If you move or change addresses, you need to submit a Change of Information form, PA-406 to TDA to update your information. Please do not send your CEU certificates to Austin. They no longer require them for renewal. By remitting the renewal form and payment, you self-certify that you have acquired the necessary hours. Following renewal, TDA will audit renewals. If you are audited, you should submit copies of your CEU certificates, not the originals.
On a related note, neither Texas Agrilife Extension Service, nor the TDA keeps a database of how many hours you have obtained. You must keep track of the hours obtained for the renewal period. If you review your hours and determine that you are lacking in hours, here are some opportunities to attend educational sessions to get hours:
Jan. 25–Bell County Crops & Livestock Conference, Bell County Expo Center in Belton, 6 CEUs (1 L&R, 1 IPM,4 Gen), cost $15 by Jan 19, $20 late registration.
Jan. 26–Professional Grounds Conference, Bell County Expo Center in Belton, 5 CEUs, must pre-register by Jan. 21, cost $25. Contac t Williamson Count y Extension Office for more information.
Jan. 28–Brazos Valley CEU Conference, Burleson County Fair EXPO Center in Caldwell, 5 CEUs (1 L&R, 2 IPM, 2 Gen), cost $25 pre-register by Jan. 21, $35 at the door.
Feb. 8- 9–Blackland Income Growth Conference, Heart of Texas Coliseum in Waco, up to 6 CEUs available, cost $15.
Feb. 24-25–Last Chance CEU meetings, Milam County Extension Office in Cameron, four 3 hour CEU sessions, $5 per session.