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Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education

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.

State-approved Online Pesticide Courses

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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
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California Applicator Complete 12 Credit Bundle

Online HD Video | Applicators
This course bundle is designed for the structural applicator in California. All courses are approved by the SPCB. Credits include 4 credits of rules and regulations, 6 credits of Pesticide Application and Use (PAU), and 2 credits of IPM training. Please click on course details for a detailed list of courses.

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California Technical Branch 2 and 3 Complete 20 Credit Bundle

Online HD Video | Field Representatives and Operators
This course bundle is designed for the Technical Branch 2 and 3 Field Representative or Operator in California. All courses are approved by the SPCB. Credits include 8.5 credits of rules and regulations, 4 credits of Technical Branch 2 training, 5.5 credits of Technical Branch 3 credits, and 2 credits of IPM training. Please click on course details for a detailed list of courses.

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California Technical Branch 2 Complete 16 Credit Bundle

Online HD Video | Field Representatives and Operators
This course bundle is designed for the Technical Branch 2 Field Representative or Operator in California. All courses are approved by the SPCB. Credits include 8 credits of rules and regulations, 4 credits of Technical Branch 2 training, 2 credits of IPM training, and 2 credits of general training. Please click on course details for a detailed list of courses.

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California Technical Branch 3 Complete 16 Credit Bundle

Online HD Video | Field Representatives and Operators
This course bundle is designed for the Technical Branch 3 Field Representative or Operator in California. All courses are approved by the SPCB. Credits include 8.5 credits of rules and regulations, 5.5 credits of Technical Branch 3 training, and 2 credits of IPM training. Please click on course details for a detailed list of courses.

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Antimicrobials | California SPCB Approved

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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Balancing Pest Management and Pollinator Health | California SPCB Approved

1 hour: PAU, Technical Branch 2
This course covers the importance of honey bees, details honey bee decline statistics, and outlines the strategies that can be implemented to coordinate the efforts of farmers, beekeepers, and applicators to find a balance between managing pests and protecting pollinators.

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Bat Damage Management | California SPCB Approved

1 hour: Technical Branch 2
The site of a bat hanging around a structure can be unnerving to most clients. Finding one inside a home is even more unsettling and can send the homeowner into a panic. This course will talk about the identification of bat issues, fundamentals of bat control, and a few health issues that can be quite costly for wildlife control operators and clients.

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Bed Bugs: Overview and Management | California SPCB Approved

1 hour: IPM
1 hour: PAU, Technical Branch 2

Structural applicators know that managing a bed bug infestation is difficult on many levels. This course looks at the history of bed bugs, current integrated pest management approaches to preventing and managing an infestation, and several of the chemical options available when your non-chemical controls and methods have failed.

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Cage Trapping Techniques | California SPCB Approved

3 hours: 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.

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Control & Management of Unprotected Birds | California SPCB Approved

1 hour: Technical Branch 2
Unwanted birds can pose a problem for applicators and their clients. Some people love to feed the birds and spend hours watching birds. Once birds have become established in an area they can be difficult to control or deter. Though this course will focus on the control and management of unprotected birds, some of the techniques covered will help with the management of protected birds when a permit is issued.

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Disease Management in Enclosed Spaces | California SPCB Approved

2 hours: 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.

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Environmental Fate and Transport of Pesticides | California SPCB Approved

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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Euthanasia & Carcass Disposal: Methods & Pitfalls | California SPCB Approved

1 hour: General
This topic, while not often talked about, is something that everyone in wildlife control has to deal with. It is one of those unmentionables, but we need to talk about it in detail because it’s something you’re going to need to encounter if you’re going to be a full-fledged wildlife control operator. This course will cover methods for euthanizing animals, ways to dispose of the deceased animal, and pitfalls to avoid to maintain public relations and appearance.

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Federal Pesticide Laws | California SPCB Approved

1 hour: Rules and Regs
Pesticides are regulated to utilize their benefits while protecting public health and welfare and preventing harm to the environment. This course addressed 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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General Structural Pest Management | California SPCB Approved

2 hours: Technical Branch 2 or 3
.5 hour: Rules and Regulations

.5 hour: IPM for Field Representatives and Operators
As certified or licensed professionals we have legal responsibilities that we must fulfill in every job that we do. Not only do have to control pests, but we also have to do the paperwork and legwork that documents our applications. This course reviews the basics of general structural pest management.

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German Cockroach Control | California SPCB Approved

1 hour: Technical Branch 2
German cockroachs can be a difficult pest to control. The temptation for most pest control operators is to reach for the pesticide right away, but there is much more involved in controlling a German cockroach infestation. This class will focus on an eco-friendly approach to German roach control strategies in the most difficult environments.

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History of Integrated Pest Management | California SPCB Approved

1 hour: IPM
What is integrated pest management? The reality is nobody can agree on what integrated pest management is. This course will cover what IPM is and what isn't and how to be practical about IPM strategies.

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Inspecting Structures for Wildlife | California SPCB Approved

2 hours: Technical Branch 2
If you do not diagnose the problem correctly you will spend a lot of time treating something that is not there. Identify correctly and gather evidence and determine the extent of potential problems. This course will cover the basics of what to look for while inspecting a structure that has potentially been invaded by wildlife.

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Intro to Mosquito Control | California SPCB Approved

2 hours: 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.

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IPM for Termite Prevention | California SPCB Approved

1 hour: IPM
Termites are one of the most destructive pests in the United States. But there are several common-sense IPM practices that can be implemented to make a structure less inviting to termites from the start. This course will provide a review of IPM principles, termite biology, and several IPM practices to make any structure less attractive to termites.

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Mice: The Ubiquitous Commensal Rodent | California SPCB Approved

1 credit: Technical Branch 2
One of the challenges with house mice is that clients don't take house mice seriously. It's amazing how people will move heaven and earth when rats are around, but when it comes to mice they will simply say "oh, it's just a mouse!" This course will help educate applicators on the risks of allowing house mice to remain in a structure.

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Mosquito Identification | California SPCB Approved

3 hours: 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.

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Mosquito Management & Control | California SPCB Approved

1 hour: IPM
1 hour: 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.

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Personal Protective Equipment and Emergency Response | California SPCB Approved

1 hour: 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.

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Pesticide Formulations | California SPCB Approved

1 hour: 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.

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Pesticide Hazards and First Aid | California SPCB Approved

1 hour: 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.

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Pesticide Labeling | California SPCB Approved

1 hour: 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.

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Pesticide Labels and Safety Data Sheets | California SPCB Approved

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

1 hour: PAU, 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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Pollinator Stewardship | California SPCB Approved

1 hour: 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.

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Reading the Pesticide Label: Beyond the Basics | California SPCB Approved

2 hours: 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 present.

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Respiratory Protection | California SPCB Approved

1 hour: 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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Rodents and Other Vertebrate Pest Management | California SPCB Approved

2 hours: Technical Branch 2
An animal with a backbone or spinal column is called a vertebrate. A few vertebrates, such as rats and mice, are common pests in urban and industrial areas. Others are not pests in their normal habitats but may occasionally become pests when they conflict with humans. This course looks at basic management of common vertebrate pests. Be sure to understand all the regulations that apply in your geographic area before attempting to control vertebrate pests.

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Structure Infesting Pest Management | California SPCB Approved

3 hours: Technical Branch 2
Having a clear understanding of the hierarchy of insect classification is important. It helps us better understand the background of our pest decide the best course of action in controlling the pest. This course will cover some of the structure infesting pests commonly encountered by structural pesticide applicators and technicians.

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Structure Invading Pest Management | California SPCB Approved

3 hours: Technical Branch 2
As a pest control technician, it's important to be familiar with the pests in the region as well as where they reproduce. In some cases, it is difficult to determine if the designated living space is inside or outside. This course covers the identification and management of pests that generally live outside but will invade a structure if the conditions are favorable.

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Termite Inspection and Treatment | California SPCB Approved

1 hour: PAU, Technical Branch 3
Inspecting and treating for termites can be a difficult process. Being familiar with common types of construction is extremely helpful. This course is a tour of the Mississippi State University Extension termite training facility. The facility consists of 12 different stations, each representing an area of a building or home where termites could enter the structure.

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

1 hour: 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.

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Understanding Rodenticides & Their Labels | California SPCB Approved

1 hour: Rules & 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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Vertebrate Structural Pest Control and ID | California SPCB Approved

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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Wood-Destroying Pest Management | California SPCB Approved

5.5 hours: Technical Branch 3
.5 hour: Rules and Regs

Termites are just one of the many wood-destroying pests found throughout the United States. Carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, and wood-damaging fungi can also cause severe structural damage if not properly managed. This course will cover the primary wood-destroying pests found through the country, the recommended treatments for each of those pests, and the primary sources of excess structural moisture.

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Zika and Other Mosquito-Borne Diseases | California SPCB Approved

1 hour: Technical Branch 2
This course covers a range of mosquito-borne diseases with an emphasis on the Zika virus. Zika's extent, side effects, testing, and diagnostics are detailed along with protection and reduction techniques of mosquitoes to minimize the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

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