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Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education

Commercial applicators with last names beginning with letters A-L need to renew by December 31 in EVEN years. Applicators with last names beginning with M-Z need to renew by December 31 in ODD years.

Private applicators must complete six hours of DPR-approved continuing education and renew their certification every three years.

Courses must be completed by December 31 of the certification year.
The DPR prohibits course approval numbers to be provided prior to the completion of the course. For course approval verification please click here. We are currently working on California Agriculture 2024 courses to meet your 2024 continuing education requirements.

State-approved Online Pesticide Courses

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All applicators are required to renew their certification with the DPR every two years. Names beginning with A-L renew in even number years, M-Z in odd number years. Continuing education must be completed no later than midnight on 12/31 in order to count toward recertification credits. Individuals who do not complete their CE prior to midnight on 12/31 will need to re-test with the DPR. Certificates of completion or a list of CE courses completed must be sent in with renewal paperwork.

Certified 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

Certified 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 applicators that ONLY hold category H, M, N, or Q need to complete the following continuing education rather than the amount listed above:

Certified 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
Q - 4 hours including 1 hour of law (QAC only)

Certified 21- 24 Months

H - 4 hours - including 2 hours of law
M - 8 hours - including 2 hours of law
N - 8 hours - including 2 hours of law
P - 8 hours - including 2 hours of law
Q - 8 hours - including 2 hours of law (QAC only)

Private applicators must complete six hours of DPR approved continuing education including two hours of laws and regulations.

Certified less than 12 months

Exempt from the continuing education requirement

Certified 21- 24 months

4 hours - including 2 hours of laws and regulations

Certified 25- 36 months

6 hours - including two hours of laws and regulations

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California General 20hr Bundle #1 for PCA

Online HD Video | 20 hours
This 20 hour bundle contains 2 hours of law and 18 hours of general training.  This course bundle fulfills all requirements for PCA certified 12-20 months or half for those certified 21-24 months.  All courses are approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. QAL and QAC Certified 21-24 months will need 2 more hours of Laws. Please click on course details for a list of specific courses.

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Add To Cart $279.00
Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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California General 20hr QAL/QAC and PCA Bundle #2

Online HD Video | 20 hours
This 20 hour bundle contains 4 hours of laws and 16 hours of general training.  This course bundle fulfills all requirements for QAL/QAC certified 21-24 months, PCA certified 12-20 months or half for PCA certified 21-24 months.  All courses are approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Please click on course details for a list of specific courses.

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Add To Cart $279.00
Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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California PCA Complete 40-Hour Bundle

Online HD Video | 40 hours
This 40 hour bundle contains 6 hours of laws and 34 hours of general training.  This course bundle fulfills all requirements for PCA.  All courses are approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Please click on course details for a list of specific courses.

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Add To Cart $479.00
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California Private Applicator Complete Bundle

Online HD Video | 6 Hours
This course bundle is designed for the California Private Applicator. The course bundle contains two hours of Law and four hours of Other credit. All courses are approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Please click on course details for a list of specific courses.

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Law & Regulation Law & Regulation
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California QAL and QAC 10hr Bundle #1

Online HD Video | 10 hours
This 10 hour bundle contains 2 hrs of law and 8 hrs of general training and is designed for the Qualified Applicator License or Certificate holder (QAL or QAC) who have been certified 12-20 months.  All courses are approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Please click on course details for a list of specific courses.

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Add To Cart $149.00
Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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California QAL and QAC 10hr Bundle #2

Online HD Video | 10 hours
This 10 hour bundle contains 4 hours of law and 6 hours of general training.  This course bundle is designed for the Qualified Applicator License or Certificate holder (QAL or QAC) who have been certified 12-20 months.  All courses are approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Please click on course details for a list of specific courses.

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Add To Cart $149.00
Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Common Landscape Pests of the West Coast | California DPR Approved

1 hour: Other
Learn to identify pests to manage them effectively. Proper identification prevents incorrect management methods or timing and can protect plants from damage. This course reviews how to identify and treat common landscape pests in California including invertebrates, weeds, vertebrates and disease agents.

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Ornamental Ornamental
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Field Crop Pest Management | California DPR Approved

5 hours: Other
Pesticides protect plants and animals from insects, weeds, and diseases; improve the efficiency of food, feed, and fiber productions; and provide for greater crop yields. This course outlines various invasive pests of field crops and how an applicator can effectively treat pest invasions while protecting themselves and the environment from the adverse effects of pesticides.
 

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Agriculture Agriculture
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Forest Pest Management | California DPR Approved

4 hours: Other
This course examines integrated pest management strategies for forest environments. Lesson material focuses on how to protect non-target organisms, minimize pesticide’s impact on water sources, and manage pesticide resistance. Topics include forest pest management regulation, damage control methods, weed control, and more.

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Forest Forest
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Fruit Crop Pest Management | California DPR Approved DPR-1161-24

5 hours: Other
Pesticides protect plants and animals from insects, nematodes, weeds, and diseases; improve the efficiency of food productions, and provide for greater crop yields. This course outlines various invasive pests of fruit crops and how an applicator can effectively treat pest infestations while protecting themselves and maintaining productive fruit crop yields intended for human consumption.
 

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Fruit Crop Fruit Crop
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General Pesticide Use Safety | California DPR Approved

8 hours: Other
This course covers Respiratory Protection, Personal Protective Equipment & Emergency Response, Pesticide Application Procedures, Pesticide Formulations, Pesticide Hazards & First Aid, Pesticides in the Environment, Planning the Pesticide Application, and Transportation, Storage, Security, & Professional Conduct.

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Add To Cart $120.00
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Intro to Mosquito Control and Management | California DPR Approved

4 hours: Other
Mosquito management is a daunting task for many applicators. When mosquito management is done incorrectly or isn't done at all, mosquitoes can make public spaces unusable. This course will discuss common methods of mosquito controls, everything from physical controls to pesticides, to record-keeping, all as part of a solid integrated pest management approach to mosquito control.
 

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Mosquito Mosquito
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IPM for Landscape, Ornamental Plants, Turf, and Calibration | California DPR Approved

4 hours: Other
This course discusses benefits and of developing an integrated pest management (IPM) program in California and covers pesticide use, augmentation, sanitation, and mechanical and cultural control. It also teaches the basics of pest and disease management for ornamental plants, the best practices for turf management, insect sampling techniques, and how to effectively calibrate your equipment.

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Ornamental Ornamental
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Natural Areas and Turfgrass Weed Management | California DPR Approved

4 hours: Other
This course will provide knowledge of weed biology, weed identification, and how herbicides work to manage weeds in a turf stand.  It also outlines various invasive weeds in natural areas and how an applicator should go about treating natural areas with respect to wildlife and the environment.

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Weed Control Weed Control
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Pesticide Labeling | California DPR Approved

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

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Law & Regulation Law & Regulation
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Pesticide Laws & Regulations | California DPR Approved

3 hours: Laws
This combined course covers Pesticide Labeling, Reading the Pesticide Label: Beyond the Basics, and Federal Pesticide Laws and will help you gain an understanding of labels, usage, safety data sheets, interpreting labels and online resources, identifying chemicals and brands, how to integrate important requirements, and how to maintain records.

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Law & Regulation Law & Regulation
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Respiratory and Environmental Protection with Emergency Management | California DPR Approved

2 hours: Laws
California pest managers can use this course to learn the basics of safe and legal pesticide use. The course covers elements of safe handling and application, including management plans and alternative treatments, the types of respirators available, proper fit, and inspection/maintenance requirements. Learn best practices for public and environmental safety like notifying the public and posting warning signs.

 

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Review of Pesticide Laws, Regulations, and Rodenticides | California DPR Approved

2 hours: Law
This course is specific to California and teaches the federal and state laws for pesticide applications, based on Chapter 4 of the Pesticide and Pest Control Laws and Regulations of Landscape Maintenance Pest Control publication 3493. It also discusses the common types of rodenticides, their appropriate application, the risks involved with the use of each type of rodenticide, and takes a look at specific label language.

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Law & Regulation Law & Regulation
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Right-of-Way: Pest Management and Overview | California DPR Approved

4 hours: Other
This course covers 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.  It also discusses pests common to rights-of-way, management solutions, equipment used to treat rights-of-way, and a review of calibration steps.

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