California Pesticide Applicator

Renewal Deadline:
Every two-years by December 31st.

CE Requirements:
Continuing education hours differ by license type and category. See chart for details.

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Online California Continuing Education Courses

Right of Way: Pest Control | California DPR Approved

4 credits: Other
This course will help applicators in California understand the five main groups of pests, identifying those pests, and help applicators decide on management strategies. It will also cover the main causes of plant disease, plant life cycles, and the developmental stages through which plants progress.

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$59.00
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Right of Way: Weed Control | California DPR Approved

4 credits: Other
This course will review the methods and techniques to manage vegetation on rights of way and non-cropland industrial sites safely without damage to non-target species, sites, objects or the environment in California.

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$59.00
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Vertebrate Structural Pest Control and ID | California DPR Approved

4 credits: Other
This course focuses on the fundamentals of wildlife damage inspection including identification based on habitat, routes of entry, scat, and tracks. It will help you understand the unique biological and legal risks that are involved with the inspection process in California as well as the proper equipment and PPE that should be used.

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$59.00
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Turfgrass: Keys to Identification and Management | California DPR Approval

3 credits: Other
This course teaches the basics of pest and disease management for various turf grasses, the multiple steps involved, and the different tools and techniques to successfully control the environment in California.

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$49.00
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Management Strategies for Disease Issues in the Landscape | California DPR Approved

3 credits: Other
This course teaches the basics of disease management for landscape plantings, cost-minimizing strategies, and tools and techniques needed to successfully control disease in the highly competitive world of landscaping in California.

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$49.00
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Cage Trapping Techniques | California DPR Approved

3 credits: Other
This course focuses on the use of cage and box traps in the management of vertebrate pests in both urban and suburban environments in California. Best practices surrounding appropriate traps for target animals, effective baits, and safe and humane use of traps will be outlined.

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$49.00
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Disease Management in Enclosed Spaces | California DPR Approved

3 credits: Other
This course teaches the basics of pest and disease management in enclosed spaces where exposure is increased, and the different tools and techniques needed to successfully control the environment in California.  

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$49.00
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Field Fumigation for Managing Vertebrate Pests | California DPR Approved

2 credits: Other
This course focuses on the use of fumigants to effectively control burrowing animals in California. Students will learn about different fumigation devices and products, and how best to comply with label restrictions to protect both non-targets and applicators from harm.

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$35.00
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IPM for Turf Management | California DPR Approved

1 credit: Other
As a turf manager in California you'll need to be more than someone who just applies pesticides. Good turf management requires the use of all the tools in the toolbox. This course will touch on the best practice cultural, mechanical, biological and chemical controls for turf management.

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$19.00
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Aquatic Weed Control | California DPR Approved

2 credits: Other 
Managing aquatic weeds in California revolves around proper plant identification. Tailoring management strategies to address specific aquatic plant life is only possible through accurate identification. This course teaches the basics of aquatic weed identification and the different approaches to aquatic plant management.

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$35.00
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Pest Identification: Corn, Soybean and Grain Sorghum | California DPR Approved

2 credits: Other
This course discusses pest identification and management strategies for corn, soybean and grain sorghum. Each species is identified according to various stages of maturity, the signs and symptoms exhibited, and the type of biological, cultural or chemical control recommended for each.

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$35.00
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Pest Identification: Rice, Cotton, and Peanuts | California DPR Approved

1 credit: Other
This course discusses proper insect identification for rice, cotton, and peanuts. Each pest and pathogen are identified according to various stages of maturity, the signs and symptoms exhibited, and the type of biological, cultural or chemical control recommended for each.

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$19.00
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Application Equipment and Calibration | California DPR Approved

1 credit: Other
When pesticide applications become necessary for good turf management, it's important to understand how the application equipment works and how to properly calibrate the equipment. This course will provide turf managers in California with an understanding of the most common types of equipment used for pesticide applications on turf and how to properly calibrate the equipment.

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$19.00
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Common Turfgrass Weeds | California DPR Approved

1 credit: Other
Managing weeds in a turf stand can be a tricky proposition. Often times the client fails to recognize that the presence of weeds in a turf stand is the result of poor turf, not the cause. This course will provide applicators in California with a working knowledge of weed biology, weed identification, and how herbicides work.

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$19.00
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Turfgrass Disease, Insect, and Vertebrate Pests | California DPR Approved

1 credit: Other
There are a variety of diseases, disorders, insects, and vertebrate pests that can cause problems in turfgrass. This course will give applicators and turf managers in California an overview of these common pests and strategies for their management. 

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$19.00
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Row Crop Basics: IPM, Insect Sampling, & Calibration | California DPR Approved

1 credit: Other
Managing your row crops takes time and attention to detail. Your IPM strategy, insect sampling techniques, and pesticide applications all need to work together. This course covers the basics of sound IPM principles, insect sampling techniques, and how to effectively calibrate your equipment to help California applicators manage their crop.

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$19.00
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Fungicides and Plant Pathogen Sampling | California DPR Approved

1 credit: Other
This course provides a basic understanding of how fungicides work and the basics of collecting plant material samples for testing pathogens. Fungal spores, germination, plant appearance, infections, fungicide mechanism, collection techniques, and collection dos and don'ts are all discussed.

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$19.00
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Seed Treatment Product Safety | California DPR Approval

1 credit: Other
In the last ten years there has been a resurgence of treated seed use, largely due to the advent of improved chemical performance. We as agricultural producers in California are obviously concerned about the more modern applications of these processes. This course outlines the benefits and risks associated with treated seed products.

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$19.00
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Balancing Pest Management and Pollinator Health | California DPR Approved

1 credit: Other
This course covers the importance of honey bees, details honey bee decline statistics, and outlines the strategies that can be implemented in California to coordinate the efforts of farmers, beekeepers, and applicators to find the balance between managing pest and protecting pollinators. 

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$19.00
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Pollinator Stewardship | California DPR and SPCB Approved

1 credit: Other
This course provides an outline of the primary concerns of the bee-keeping industry including colony collapse disorder (CCD), factors affecting honey bee decline, invasive insects, fungal disease, best practices for pollinator stewardship, and minimizing pesticide risks for pollinators in California.

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$19.00
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Pesticides in the Environment, Pest Management and How Fungicides Work | California SPCB Approved

1 credit: Application and Use; Technical Branch 2 
Applicators and the public share concerns about how pesticides may harm the environment in California. Initially, hazards to humans were the primary reason the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided to classify a pesticide as a restricted-use product.

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Transportation, Storage, Security and Professional Conduct | California DPR Approved

1 credit: Other
This course discusses safety and security issues that may arise when pesticides are moved or stored in California, under what conditions uncertified people can make applications of restricted use products and how to communicate these issues with customers. 

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$19.00
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Planning the Pesticide Application | California DPR Approved

1 credit: Other
Before beginning a pesticide application in California, you should know how to select the right pesticide for the job, review the label, test for pesticide compatibility before mixing, select personal protective equipment, transfer pesticides safely, and clean up after an application.

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$19.00
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Personal Protective Equipment and Emergency Response | California DPR Approved

1 credit: Other
Wearing PPE can reduce exposure (dermal, inhalation, ocular, or oral) and thereby lower the chances of pesticide injury, illness, or poisoning. It is important that all pesticide applicators and handlers in California understand the protections and limitations of PPE. 

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Pest Management | California DPR Approved

1 credit: Other
A pest is an undesirable organism that injures humans, desirable plants and animals, manufactured products, or natural substances. This course will discuss the importance of pest identification in pest control, describe how pest population levels trigger control procedures and give several reasons why pesticide applications may fail.

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$19.00
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Pesticide Labeling | California DPR and SPCB Approved

1 credit: Law
The pesticide label is the main method of communication between a pesticide manufacturer and pesticide users. By law, pesticide users in California are required to comply with all instructions and use directions found on the pesticide product label.

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$19.00
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Pesticide Hazards and First Aid | California DPR and SPCB Approved

1 credit: Other
Pesticides are designed to be toxic so they can control pests (e.g., plants, insects, rodents, fungi, and bacteria) while not harming non-target organisms and anyone else exposed to the product. Pesticide users in California need to be concerned with the hazards associated with exposure to the chemical and not just the toxicity of the pesticide.

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$19.00
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Pesticide Formulations | California DPR Approved

1 credit: Other
Pesticides are formulated to make them safer or easier to use. There are many formulations available for various pest control sites and situations in California, and it is important that applicators choose the best one for the job.

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$19.00
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Federal Pesticide Laws | California DPR Approved

1 credit: Laws
Pesticides are regulated to utilize their benefits while protecting public health and welfare, and preventing harm to the environment in California. This course addresses the Federal pesticide laws that control the labeling, sale and distribution, storage, transportation, use and disposal in the best public interest. 

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$19.00
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Pesticides in the Environment | California DPR Approved

1 credit: Other
Applicators and the public share concerns about how pesticides may harm the environment in California. Initially, hazards to humans were the primary reason the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided to classify a pesticide as a restricted-use product.

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$19.00
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Pesticide Application Procedures | California DPR Approved

1 credit: Other
Pesticides may be applied in California as sprays, dusts, granules, gases (vapors), fogs, baits, rubs, or dips and require the correct equipment for the pesticide as well as the job size and type. In addition, you must properly select, operate, calibrate, and maintain your equipment.

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$19.00
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Online Worker Protection Standard Course

2019 Worker Protection Standard (WPS) - Agricultural Worker Training Program (Unlimited)

Train Unlimited Workers | EPA Worker PST 00024 | EPA Handler PST 00018; 00022; or 00027 (Handler materials provided through PERC) This EPA Approved Training Program provides everything your business needs to train your agricultural workers. This video program comes in both English and Spanish and trains unlimited workers. Includes Handler Training Guide and Tracking System at No Extra Cost!

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$399.00
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2019 Worker Protection Standard (WPS) - Agricultural Worker Training Program (25 Workers)

Train 25 Workers | EPA Worker PST 00024 | EPA Handler PST 00018; 00022; or 00027 (Handler materials provided through PERC) This EPA Approved Training Program provides everything your business needs to train your agricultural workers. This video program comes in both English and Spanish and trains up to 25 workers. Includes Handler Training Guide and Tracking System at No Extra Cost!

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$159.00
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Online California Pesticide Applicator Exam Prep Course

Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Exam Prep Program

12 Hour | Online HD Video
This course is intended as a study guide for the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual. The test administered by your state, tribe, territory, or federal department/agency will cover this information along with state, tribe, etc. specific information. Passing the core exam is essential to becoming a certified applicator. This course will start you off on the right track and provide a solid foundation of pesticide safety principles. By learning how to handle pesticides correctly, you will be able to protect yourself, others, and the environment from pesticide misuse.

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$99.00
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Turfgrass Pest Management Exam Prep

8 Hour | Online HD Video
This course is intended as a study guide for the Turfgrass Pest Management category exam. This course will start you off on the right track and provide a solid foundation of turf management principles. By learning how to manage your turf correctly, you will be able to protect yourself, others, and the environment from pesticide misuse.

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$89.00
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California Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Requirements

Licensed 12- 20 Months

PCA - 20 Hours including 2 Hours of Law 
QAL - 10 Hours including 2 Hours of Law
QAC - 10 Hours including 2 Hours of Law

Licensed 21- 24 Months

PCA - 40 Hours including 4 Hours of Law
QAL - 20 Hours including 4 Hours of Law
QAC - 20 Hours including 4 Hours of Law

QAL and QAC licensees that ONLY hold category H, M, N, or Q need to complete the following continuing education rather than the amount listed above:

Licensed 12- 20 Months

H - 2 Hours including 1 Hour of Law
M - 4 Hours including 1 Hour of Law
N - 4 Hours including 1 Hour of Law
P - 4 Hours including 1 Hour of Law

Licensed 21- 24 Months

H - 4 Hours including 2 Hour of Law
M - 8 Hours including 2 Hour of Law
N - 8 Hours including 2 Hour of Law
P - 8 Hours including 2 Hour of Law

Course Demo

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About our courses
We offer the best in Online Pesticide Education providing CEUs approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation - Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division. Our instructor-led video courses are fast, easy, affordable and meet state licensing requirements. We offer the following continuing education courses in full HD video, and they are available when you are!

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