In addition to the definitions set out in the Texas Structural
Pest Control Act, Chapter 1951, Texas Occupations Code, the following
words, names, and terms shall have the below meanings for this subchapter,
unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
(1) Adjacent--An area having a common wall, ceiling,
(2) Apprentice registration--A registration by a commercial
or noncommercial business entity of an individual who is training
and/or performing structural pest control services for the business.
(3) Area of common access--An area that an individual
is likely to be present in or at on a regular basis, such as a building
entranceway, mailboxes, laundry rooms, beverage machines, building
bulletin boards, hallways, etc.
(4) Calendar year--January 1 to December 31.
(5) Category--A type of structural pest control that
an individual licensee or business licensee is authorized to perform.
(6) CEU--Continuing education unit.
(7) Chairman--An individual elected by members of the
Structural Pest Control Advisory Committee to preside over meetings.
(8) Committee--The Structural Pest Control Advisory
Committee. An eleven-member committee appointed by the Commissioner,
whose responsibility is to gather information and advise the Commissioner
and the department on the business of structural pest control.
(9) Course provider--The person, company, or organization
that compiles, organizes, writes and/or produces category specific
training or continuing education courses.
(10) Effective Date--Beginning date an employee (e.g.
Apprentice) is registered to a business licensee.
(11) Inactive license--A license for which certification
requirements have been maintained, but technicians and certified applicators
are prohibited from legally engaging in structural pest control services,
advertising, or solicitation.
(12) Infest--To exist in, on, around or invade a structure
in a manner that may limit the use or enjoyment of, or cause harm
or damage to: households, railroad cars, ships, docks, trucks, airplanes,
or other structures, or its contents, or its inhabitants, including
any humans or pets; and pests, unwanted plants, or diseases of trees,
shrubs, or other plantings in a park or adjacent to a residence, business
establishment, industrial plant, institutional building, or street.
(13) Integrated Pest Management (IPM)--A pest management
strategy that relies on multiple pest control tactics, including the
judicious use of pesticides, informed by accurate identification and
scientific knowledge of pests, reliable monitoring methods to assess
pest presence, preventative measures to avoid pest infestations, and
thresholds to determine when corrective control measures are needed.
(14) Other noncommercial entity--Any workplace with
three (3) or more full-time employees.
(15) Physically present--Face-to-face contact at a
work location where supervisor and supervisee are physically in the
same space. Face-to-face does not include video or audio calls using
(16) Self-study course--A self-study, online or electronic
course taken for the purpose of continuing education or training.
(17) SPCA--Texas Structural Pest Control Act, Texas
Occupations Code, Chapter 1951.
(18) TPCL--Texas Pest Control License.
(19) Vice-Chairman--An individual elected by members
of the Structural Pest Control Advisory Committee to preside over
meetings in the absence of the Chairman.
(20) WDIR--Texas Official Wood Destroying Insect Report.
(21) Wood Destroying Insect (WDI)--insects that consume
wood for food or use wood to propagate offspring. Examples of wood
destroying insects include termites, wood-boring beetles, and carpenter
(22) Workplace--Any non-residence structure with three
(3) or more full-time paid employees that is treated by a licensed
business or a certified noncommercial applicator.