Tennessee Turfgrass Association
TN Pesticide Recertification Deadline Adjusted Due to COVID-19
Important Notice: The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is aware of questions regarding Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for pest control professionals. While managing the COVID-19 outbreak, it is critical that the department take steps to protect the health of pesticide applicators, employees, and the public.
Commercial and private pesticides applicators are required to complete a certain amount of training before renewing their certifications on June 30. This protects public welfare by ensuring that chemicals used in homes and businesses are applied by trained and certified individuals. The primary source for training is the University of Tennessee. However, the university has temporarily halted in-person training.
A new rule filed with the Secretary of State extends the certification period to September 30, 2020, or 30 days from the end of the emergency declaration depending on which comes first. The rule also deems General Pest and Rodent Control licensees as authorized to make Category 14 pesticide applications for control of COVID-19.
For more information, visit www.tn.gov/agriculture/businesses/pesticides/certification.html