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Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education

For SPCB:

Renewal Deadline: Applicators, Field Representatives, and Operators are required to renew their certification every three-years by June 30th.

CE Requirements: Continuing education hours differ by certification type. see chart for details.

For DPR:

Commercial applicators starting with letters A-L need to renew by 12/31 of even years, letters M-Z need to renew by 12/31 of odd years. Requirements differ by category, see chart for details.

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

Courses must be completed by 12/31/21 for credit.
The DPR prohibits course approval numbers to be provided prior to the completion of the course. For course approval verification please click here.

State-approved Online Pesticide Courses

» View California SPCB Applicator Continuing Education Requirements

All applicators are required to renew their certification by June 30 every three years. All continuing education credits must be completed no later than midnight on June 30 of their expiration year to count toward the credit requirement. Individuals who do not complete their CE prior to midnight on June 30th will need to re-test with the SPCB. Individuals are not required to submit certificates of completion with their renewal paperwork.

Applicator's Continuing Education Requirements
Branch(es) LicensedTotal HoursRules and RegsPesticide Use and ApplicationIntegrated Pest Management
Branch 2 (General Pest)12462
Branch 3 (Wood Destroying)12462
Branches 2 and 312462
Applicator's Continuing Education Requirements
Branch(es) LicensedTotal HoursRules & RegsTechnical Branch 1Technical Branch 2Technical Branch 3Integrated Pest ManagementGeneral
Branch 1 (Fumigation)1684---4
Branch 2 (General Pest)168-4-22
Branch 3 (Wood Destroying)168--422
Branches 1 and 220844-22
Branches 1 and 32084-422
Branches 2 and 3208-4422
Branches 1, 2, and 324844422

» View California Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Requirements

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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CA Supplemental Course Bundle

This course bundle is the supplemental bundle for DPR PCA applicators who purchased a SPCB Branch 2 course bundle.

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Add To Cart $339.00
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California PCA and SPCB Br 2 Complete Bundle - General Safety

Online HD Video | DPR All Categories and SPCB Branch 2 Field Reps/Operators
This course bundle is contains all courses necessary to meet the CE requirements individuals with DPR PCA certification and SPCB Branch 2 field representatives or operators. DPR approved courses include 4 hours of law and 36 hours of general pesticide safety training. SPCB approved courses include 9 hours of rules and regs, 5 hours of branch 2 training, and 2 hours of integrated pest management. Many courses are approved by both agencies, reducing the number of courses needed. Completed courses will automatically be reported to the DPR and SPCB. Please click on course details for a list of specific courses.

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Add To Cart $499.00
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California QAL/QAC and SPCB Br 2 & 3 Complete Bundle - General Safety

Online HD Video | DPR All Categories and SPCB Branch 2 Field Reps/Operators
This course bundle is contains all courses necessary to meet the CE requirements individuals with DPR QAL/QAC certification and SPCB Branch 2 and 3 field representatives or operators. DPR approved courses include 4 hours of law and 16 hours of general pesticide safety training. SPCB approved courses include 9 hours of rules and regs, 5 hours of branch 2 training, 5 hours of branch 3 training, and 2 hours of integrated pest management. Many courses are approved by both agencies, reducing the number of courses needed. Completed courses will automatically be reported to the DPR and SPCB. Please click on course details for a list of specific courses.

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Add To Cart $379.00
Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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California QAL/QAC and SPCB Br 2 Complete Bundle - General Safety

Online HD Video | DPR All Categories and SPCB Branch 2 Field Reps/Operators
This course bundle is contains all courses necessary to meet the CE requirements individuals with DPR QAL/QAC certification and SPCB Branch 2 field representatives or operators. DPR approved courses include 4 hours of law and 16 hours of general pesticide safety training. SPCB approved courses include 9 hours of rules and regs, 5 hours of branch 2 training, and 2 hours of integrated pest management. Many courses are approved by both agencies, reducing the number of courses needed. Completed courses will automatically be reported to the DPR and SPCB. Please click on course details for a list of specific courses.

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Add To Cart $329.00
Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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California QAL/QAC and SPCB Complete Bundle - Applicator

Online HD Video | DPR All Categories and SPCB Applicators
This course bundle is contains all courses necessary to meet the CE requirements individuals with DPR QAL/QAC certification and SPCB applicator. DPR approved courses include 4 hours of law and 16 hours of general pesticide safety training. SPCB approved courses include 4 hours of rules and regs, 6 hours of pesticide application and use, and 2 hours of integrated pest management. Many courses are approved by both agencies, reducing the number of courses needed. Completed courses will automatically be reported to the DPR and SPCB. Please click on course details for a list of specific courses.

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Add To Cart $299.00
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Antimicrobials 1 HR CE | California DPR and SPCB Approved

DPR – 1 hour: Other
SPCB – 1 hour: Rules & Regs

Unlike most pesticides, antimicrobial pesticides can be found in a wide variety of places and are readily available to the public. Antimicrobial pesticides also have unique label requirements. This course will discuss antimicrobial pesticides, their properties, potential risks, and hazards of use.

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Microbial Microbial
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Cage Trapping Techniques | California DPR and SPCB Approved

DPR – 3 credits: Other
SPCB – 3 credits: PAU, Technical Branch 2
This course focuses on the use of cage and box traps in the management of vertebrate pests in both urban and suburban environments. Best practices surrounding appropriate traps for target animals, effective baits, and safe and humane use of traps will be outlined.
Certified Crop Advisors: 3 credits IPM

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Vertebrate Vertebrate
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Disease Management in Enclosed Spaces | California DPR and SPCB Approved

DPR – 2.5 credits: Other
SPCB – 2 credits: PAU, Technical Branch 2

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.
Certified Crop Advisors: 3 credit IPM

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Ornamental Ornamental
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Environmental Fate and Transport of Pesticides | California DPR and SPCB Approved

DPB – 1 hour: Other
SPCB – 1 hour: Rules and Regs

Pesticides are a key factor in pest management but it is important to understand what happens to those pesticides after the application. This course will review some key characteristics of environmental factors that can affect how pesticides move and degrade in the environment.

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Federal Pesticide Laws | California DPR and SPCB Approved

DPR – 1 credit: Laws
SPCB – 1 credit: Rules and Regs

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

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Law & Regulation Law & Regulation
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Intro to Mosquito Control | California DPR and SPCB Approved

DPR – 1.5 credits: Other
SPCB – 2 credits: Technical Branch 2

To effectively manage a mosquito population as part of an integrated pest management plan applicators must be familiar with mosquito physiology, the lifecycle of the mosquito, and various collection and surveillance methods for both adult mosquitoes and larvae. This course will talk about surveillance methods, mosquito anatomy, and touch on the diseases that are most commonly vectored by mosquitoes in the United States.
Certified Crop Advisors: 2 credits IPM

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Mosquito Mosquito
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Mosquito Identification | California DPR and SPCB Approved

DPR – 3 credits: Other
SPCB – 3 credits: Technical Branch 2

Correct identification of each mosquito species is an important step to managing the mosquito population in your area. Each species of mosquito has its own preferred habitat and breeding environment. This course covers the preferred habitat, breeding ground, and physiological differences between five major species of mosquitoes found throughout the United States.
Certified Crop Advisors: 3 credits IPM

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Mosquito Mosquito
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Mosquito Management & Control | California DPR and SPCB Approved

DPR – 2 hours: Other
SPCB – 1 credit: IPM
SPCB – 1 credit: PAU, Technical Branch 2

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.
Certified Crop Advisors: 2 credits IPM

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Mosquito Mosquito
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Personal Protective Equipment and Emergency Response | California DPR and SPCB Approved

DPR – 1 credit: Other
SPCB – 1 credit: Rules and Regs
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.
Certified Crop Advisors: 1 credit IPM

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Pesticide Formulations | California DPR and SPCB Approved

DPR – 1 credit: Other
SPCB – 1 credit: Rules and Regs
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.
Certified Crop Advisors: 1 credit IPM

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Pesticide Hazards and First Aid | California DPR and SPCB Approved

DPR – 1 credit: Other
SPCB – 1 credit: Rules and Regs
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 need to be concerned with the hazards associated with exposure to the chemical and not just the toxicity of the pesticide.
Certified Crop Advisors: 1 credit IPM

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Pesticide Labeling | California DPR and SPCB Approved

DPR – 1 credit: Law
SPCB – 1 credit: Rules and Regs
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.
Certified Crop Advisor: 1 credit IPM

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Law & Regulation Law & Regulation
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Pesticide Labels and Safety Data Sheets | California DPR and SPCB Approved

DPR – 1 hour: Other
SPCB – 1 hour: Rules and Regs

Pesticide labels and safety data sheets (SDS) appear to contain much of the same information. While the label is the law, an SDS is not considered the law. As an applicator, it is important to understand the difference between a pesticide label and a safety data sheet and know what information can be found in each document. This course will review the various parts of pesticide labels and safety data sheets to identify the similarities and differences.

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Pollinator Stewardship | California DPR and SPCB Approved

DPR – 1 credit: Other
SPCB – 1 credit: PAU, Technical Branch 2

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.
Certified Crop Advisors: 1 credit IPM

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Pollinator Pollinator
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Reading the Pesticide Label: Beyond the Basics | California DPR and SPCB Approved

DPR – 2 credits: Laws
SPCB – 2 credits: Rules & Regs

Labels are increasing in complexity and depth of information. It is never suggested that anyone try to memorize a pesticide label. By reviewing parts of a label and recognizing label language and use, we hope that you feel more comfortable with the information on pesticide labels and feel confident in understanding the information the present.
Certified Crop Advisors: 2 credits IPM

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Law & Regulation Law & Regulation
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Respiratory Protection | California DPR and SPCB Approved

DPR – 1 credit: Other
SPCB – 1 credit: Rules and Regs

When the pesticide label requires a respirator it's important to know how to use a respirator safely. This course outlines the types of respirators available, proper fit, and inspection/maintenance requirements.

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Transportation, Storage, Security, and Professional Conduct | California DPR and SCPB Approved

DPR – 1 credit: Other
SPCB – 1 credit: Rules and Regs

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

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Understanding Rodenticides & Their Labels | California DPR and SPCB Approval

DPR – .5 hour: Law and .5 hour: Other
SPCB – 1 hour: Rules and Regs

Rodenticides are becoming a widely discussed and concerning topic in the pest control field. There is a growing public concern at the risk of secondary and non-target poisonings when rodenticides are used. As a pest control operator is it your responsibility to understand how rodenticides work and how to read their labels. This course 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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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Vertebrate Structural Pest Control and ID | California DPR and SPCB Approved

DPR – 4 hours: Other
SPCB – 4 hours: Technical Branch 2

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 as well as the proper equipment and PPE that should used.

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Vertebrate Vertebrate
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