Due to Covid-19 outbreak, The University of Tennessee has made the decision to suspend all face-to-face educational events and group meetings for the next few months from March 16th – July 31st. Please note that this period may be extended depending on the situation going forward. If you have signed up for a session, please confirmed via our office at 865-974-1286 or​

If you plan to take a commercial applicator test, be aware that PSI locations testing centers are currently open at all Tennessee locations however to reduce risk to the public will be reducing the number of attendees that may be present at each site. That means there will be less seats due to social distancing.  Candidates will need to wear a face mask and gloves.
For those of you have scheduled training which was to be held by the PSEP Program we will be rescheduling, so please email our office at for additional information. 


If you are ordering study materials / guides,  shipments may delayed to comply with the "Safe-At-Home" city recommendation.  Hopefully, shipments will be back to normal beginning in May.   


Some Good News

Rules have been amended​ at TDA to extend the certification period from June 30, to September 30, 2020 or 30 days from the end of the emergency declaration depending on which comes first. 

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has released Emergency Provisions for Commercial Applicators.  In response to the unavailability of testing opportunities for new entrants into the pest control industry because of the CoVid-19 pandemic, a temporary process is necessary to provide enough commercial applicators to perform essential services.  Temporary certification is available in lieu of testing provided that: a) The commercial applicator is registered with the department under the employer's charter. b) The charter holder can document that the commercial applicator has received 40 hours of field training; and c) The charter holder can document that the commercial applicator has received 16 hours of classroom training.  All temporary certifications issued under this rule shall expire on October 31, 2020.



Pesticide Safety and Education Program (PSEP) in Tennessee is a statewide educational program with an overall goal to protect the environment and the public health from improper use of pesticides by providing applicator and public education. The primary target audience includes certified and non-certified pesticide applicators of all kinds, farmworkers, and the general public.


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