Pest control advisers (PCAs)
California PCA Exam Helper
These pages will help you study for the pest control adviser licensing exam, administered by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR).
To become a PCA in California, you must meet specific educational requirements, pass the laws, regulations, and basic principles exam, and pass an exam in the pest control disciplines in which you wish to make recommendations.
You must have a strong college education in the biological, agricultural, and pest management sciences. This includes 45 semester units or 67.5 quarter units of required courses in specified areas.
Several universities and colleges offer some or all of these courses. Colleges offering courses are listed at the DPR web page above.
DPR's Licensing and Certification Program is responsible for testing and licensing agricultural PCAs.
All applicants must pass an exam on laws and regulations, general principles, and integrated pest management, and at least one pest control category exam. The seven PCA categories are
Many resources are available to help you prepare for the exams, including:
Further information about testing and PCA licensing is available from the DPR Web site.
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