Online California Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education

California Federal Pesticide Laws 

Pesticides are hazardous substances that can cause serious harm if used improperly. Pesticides are regulated to utilize their benefits while protecting public health and welfare, and preventing harm to the environment. Federal and state pesticide laws and regulations control the labeling, sale and distribution, storage, transportation, use and disposal in the best public interest. This course addresses the requirements set forth by federal regulations. Pesticide applicators are responsible for learning about and complying with all regulations.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of California Law Requirements

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California Personal Protective Equipment and Emergency Response 

PPE comprises the clothing and devices you wear to protect your body from contact with pesticides. 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 understand the protections and limitations of PPE. Proper PPE selection, use, and care are essential.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour California of General Requirements

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California Pest Management 

After completing this course in its entirety, participants will be able to 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.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of California General Requirements

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California Pesticide Application Procedures 

Today’s pest management practices require modern equipment to apply a variety of pesticides. Pesticides may be applied as sprays, dusts, granules, gases (vapors), fogs, baits, rubs, or dips. The vast array of application equipment must be matched to the pesticide as well as to the size and type of the job. To make an effective, safe, and efficient application, read the label first. In addition, you must properly select, operate, calibrate, and maintain your equipment.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of California General Requirements

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California Pesticide Formulations

A pesticide formulation is a combination of active and inert ingredients that forms an end-use pesticide product. Pesticides are formulated to make them safer or easier to use. There are many formulations available for various pest control sites and situations, and it is important that applicators choose the best one for the job.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of California General Requirements

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California Pesticide Hazards and First Aid 

Pesticides are designed to be toxic to living organisms so they can control pests (e.g., plants, insects, rodents, fungi, and bacteria). At the same time, pesticides must be used with special care to avoid harming non-target organisms, including pesticide applicators, handlers, and anyone else exposed to the product. Pesticides can have both short-term and long-term effects on humans. As a result, pesticide users need to be concerned with the hazards associated with exposure to the chemical and not exclusively with the toxicity of the pesticide.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of California General Requirements

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California Pesticide Labeling

The pesticide label is the main method of communication between a pesticide manufacturer and pesticide users. The information printed on and attached to the pesticide container is the label. By law, pesticide users are required to comply with all instructions and use directions found on the pesticide product label.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of California General Requirements

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California Pesticides in the Environment 

Applicators and the public share concerns about how pesticides may harm the environment. 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.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of California General Requirements

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California Planning the Pesticide Application

Planning is essential before beginning a pesticide application. To help plan, you should know how to select the right pesticide for the job, review the label, test for pesticide compatibility before mixing, choose what personal protective equipment to wear, transfer pesticides safely, and clean up after an application.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of California General Requirements

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California Transportation, Storage, Security and Professional Conduct

This course discusses safety and security issues that may arise when pesticides are moved or stored.  It is important for certified applicators to know under what conditions uncertified people can make applications of restricted use products. You also need to understand the importance of communication and how to communicate with customers about what you are doing.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of California General Requirements

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State Requirements

Renewal Deadline: 11/01/17 - Licensees with last names starting with M- Z 

Do I need continuing education credits to maintain my pesticide applicators license?
Yes, licensing requirements differ by license.

  • Private Applicators - must complete 15 credit hours of continuing education
    • 2 credit hours - Laws and Regulations
    • 2 credit hours - Integrated Pest Management
    • 11 credit hours -  General Education
  • Noncommercial & Commercial Applicators - must complete 5 credit hours of continuing education
    • 1 credit hour - Laws and Regulations or Integrated Pest Management
    • 4 credit hours - General Education
  • Structural Applicators - must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of continuing education
    • 1 credit hour - each licensee category
    • 2 credit hours - General Education

Who submits my continuing education to the state?
Applicators are responsible for submitting their continuing education to California. Printable certificates will be available immediately after completing courses.

How do I get my pesticide applicator's license?

Agricultural Pest Control Advisor (PCA) –

  • Step 1 – Complete the application package
  • Step 2 – Pass the Laws, Regulations, and Basic Principles examination with at least a 70%. The exam will cost $50. Click here for information on our Exam Prep Course
  • Step 3 – Pay the $80 license fee

Qualified Applicator Certification –

  • Step 1 – Complete the application package
  • Step 2 – Pass the Laws, Regulations, and Basic Principles examination with at least a 70%. The exam will cost $50. Click here for information on our Exam Prep Course
  • Step 3 – Pay the $40 license fee

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are your courses state approved?

Yes! All of our courses are state approved. Approval numbers are listed after the course title.

What classifications of applicator's licensing does California have?

The California Plant Board recognizes the following classification of applicator licensing:

  • Agricultural Pest Control Advisor – An individual who offers a recommendation on pesticide application.
  • Qualified Applicator Certification - An individual who supervises the application of restricted use materials or if you own a business that gardens and performs pest control.
  • Pest Control Aircraft Pilot Certificate Licensing – Individuals who apply pesticides by aircraft.
  • Noncommercial Applicators – Firms, persons, or government agencies who apply or oversee the application of restricted use pesticides and do not qualify as private applicators.
What are the categories and subcategories for California pesticide licensing?

The State of California currently has 10 categories and subcategories for pesticide licensing. Applicators holding a commercial license will need to pass the core exam along with at least one of these specialties.

Agricultural Pest Control Advisor
A Insects, Mites, and Other Invertebrates
B Plant Pathogens
C Nematodes
D Vertebrate Pests
E Weed Control
F Defoliation
G Plant Growth Regulators
Qualified Applicator Certification
A Residential, Industrial, and Institutional
B Landscape Maintenance
C Right-of-Way
D Plant Agriculture
E Forest
F Aquatic
G Regulatory
H Seed Treatment
I Animal Agriculture
J Demonstration and Research
K Health Related
L Wood Preservative
M Antifouling Tributyltin
N Sewer Line Root Control
O Field Fumigation
P Microbial Pest Control
Q Maintenance Gardener

Course Demo

Here is short preview from the Pesticide Labeling course.

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 lead 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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