California Code of Regulations (Title 3. Food and Agriculture)
Division 6. Pesticides and Pest Control Operations


Division 6. Pesticides and Pest Control Operations
Chapter 3. Pest Control Operations
Subchapter 1. Licensing and Certification
Article 1. General License Requirements


6500. License Duration.


The Director shall issue licenses and certificates for two years; provided, however, a license or certificate may be issued for less than two years based on when the applicant enters the two-year cycle described below.
The term of the license or certificate is determined by the Director as follows:
Each license or certificate with a name beginning with A through L shall expire December 31 of the following even numbered year.
Each license or certificate with a name beginning with M through Z shall expire December 31 of the following odd numbered year.
The issuance of a two-year license or certificate in no way affects any annual county registration required by the Food and Agricultural Code.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 11456, 11502, 12005 and 12111, Food and Agricultural Code. Reference: Section 11456, Food and Agricultural Code.



6502. Applications.


(a) An application for a new license or certificate shall be made on a form prescribed by the Director and shall be accompanied by the required application fee specified below in Table 1 - License and Certificate Application Fees and Forms. The application fee shall allow an applicant a 12-month period to become licensed or certified.
(b) Beginning with those licenses or certificates expiring December 31, 2003, an application to renew a license or certificate shall be made on a form prescribed by the Director and shall be accompanied by the required renewal fee specified below in Table 2 - License and Certificate Renewal Fees and Forms. If the license or certificate is issued for more than one year pursuant to 6500, the applicant shall pay double the annual renewal fee.
(1) If the renewal application is not postmarked by December 31 of the year the license or certificate expires, a penalty of 50 percent of the renewal fee shall be added to the original amount due.
(c) Pursuant to this section, the prescribed forms, hereby incorporated by reference, are specified in Table 1 and Table 2 below.

Table 1-License and Certificate Application Fees and Forms

License or Certificate Type  New Application Fee   Form
Pest Control Business License
Additional fee for each Pest Control Business Branch
$160
$80
Pest Control Business License ApplicationPR-PML-042 (Rev. 08/10)
Pest Control Business License,
Maintenance Gardener only
$80 Maintenance Gardener Pest Control Business License Application PR-PML-004 (Rev. 08/10)
Pest Control Dealer License
Additional fee for each Dealer Branch
$160
$80
Pest Control Dealer License Application DPR-PML-041 (Rev. 8/11)
Pesticide Broker License
Additional fee for each Broker Branch
$0
$0
Pesticide Broker License Application (PB) DPR-PML-217 (Rev. 8/11)
Agricultural Pest Control Adviser License $80 Agricultural Pest Control Adviser Application DPR-PML-084 (Rev. 8/11)
Pest Control Aircraft Pilot Certificate $60 Aircraft Pilot Pest Control Certificate Application DPR-PML-005 (Rev. 8/11)
Pest Control Dealer Designated Agent License $25 Pest Control Dealer Designated Agent License Application DPR-PML-043 (Rev. 8/11)
Qualified Applicator License $80 Qualified Applicator License Application PR-PML-001 (Rev. 05/10)
Qualified Applicator Certificate $40 Qualified Applicator Certificate Application PR-PML-001A (Rev. 05/10)

Table 2 - License and Certificate Renewal Application Fees and Forms

License or Certificate Type Annual Renewal Fee Form
Pest Control Business License
Additional fee for each Pest Control
Business Branch
$160
$80
Pest Control Business Renewal Application PR-PML-192 (Rev. 9/04)
Pest Control Business License,
Maintenance Gardener only
$80 Maintenance Gardener Pest Control Business Renewal Application PR-PML-186 (Rev. 9/04)
Pest Control Dealer License
Additional fee for each Dealer Branch
$160
$80
Pest Control Dealer License Renewal Application DPR-PML-191 (Rev. 9/04)
Pesticide Broker License
Additional fee for each Pesticide Broker Branch
$0
$0
Pesticide Broker License Renewal Application DPR-PML-190 (Rev. 1/06)
Agricultural Pest Control Adviser License $70 Individual License/Certificate Renewal Application DPR-PML-141 (Rev. 6/15)
Pest Control Aircraft Pilot Certificate $45 Individual License/Certificate Renewal Application DPR-PML-141 (Rev. 6/15)
Pest Control Dealer Designated Agent License $25 Individual License/Certificate Renewal Application DPR-PML-141 (Rev. 6/15)
Qualified Applicator License $60 Individual License/Certificate Renewal Application DPR-PML-141 (Rev. 6/15)
Qualified Applicator Certificate $30 Individual License/Certificate Renewal Application DPR-PML-141 (Rev. 6/15)

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 11456, 11502, 11502.5, 12005, and 12111, Food and Agricultural Code. Reference: Sections 11502.5, 11702, 11703, 11704, 11707, 11903, 11904, 12021, 12103, 12104, 12105, 12201, 12202, 12252, 12401, and 12404, Food and Agricultural Code.



6504. Examinations.

(a) The director shall schedule examinations at such times and places as he deems reasonable. Each applicant shall appear at a time and place designated by the director for examination.

(b) All applicants for a license or certificate will be required to pass an examination on the laws and regulations governing pesticide use and the safety precautions necessary to prevent injury.

(c) A passing score of 70 percent or greater is required to qualify for any license or certificate issued pursuant to Division 6 of the Food and Agricultural Code; or for a qualified applicator certificate.

(d) Applicants may request up to four examinations at each time and place. 


NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 11456, 11502, 12005, 12024 and 12111, Food and Agricultural Code.

Reference: Sections 11702, 11905, 12024 and 12106, Food and Agricultural Code.



6505. Examination Fees.

(a) In addition to the application fee specified in section 6502(a), an agricultural pest control adviser, pest control aircraft pilot, pest control dealer designated agent, qualified applicator license or qualified certificate applicant shall pay, if applicable:
(1) A $50 fee for the Laws, Regulations, and Basic Principles examination; and
(2) A $50 fee for each additional examination category requested.
(b) A license or certificate holder seeking to add an additional category shall submit a $50 fee for each examination category requested accompanied by the required application form specified in 6502.
(c) A $50 fee shall be submitted for each request to reschedule an examination due to the applicant's failure to obtain a passing score or failure to appear for a scheduled examination.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 11456 and 11502.5, Food and Agricultural Code.

Reference: Section 11502.5, Food and Agricultural Code.



6506. Acceptance of Prior Examination.


NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 407, 11502, 12005 and 12111, Food and Agricultural Code.


Reference: Sections 11702 and 12106, Food and Agricultural Code.



6508. Notification of Change.


(a) Every license or certificate holder shall immediately notify the Director of any change in, including but not limited to, name, business address, business organization, qualified person, bond, insurance, registered officers, or any other matter shown in the application.
(b) Licenses and certificates are not transferable, and in case of a change of business organization or ownership, a new application and fee are required.
(c) A $20 fee is required when:
(1) a license or certificate holder requests a replacement or duplicate copy of a license or certificate; or
(2) a license or certificate is reissued as a result of a name change made pursuant to (a).

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 11456, 11502, 11502.5, 12005, and 12111, Food and Agricultural Code. Reference: Sections 11501, 11502.5, 11708, and 12110, Food and Agricultural Code.



6510. Renewals and New Applications.

A person who has not possessed a valid license or certificate within 12 months of the date of application or has a valid license or certificate and has not completed the continuing education requirements within each two-year license or certification period as specified in section 6511 shall not be allowed to renew his or her license or certificate and shall be required to submit an application for a new license or certificate and pass the examinations before being issued a license or certificate.


NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 11456, 11502, 12005, 12024, 12111 and 14005, Food and Agricultural Code.


Reference: Sections 11702, 11905, 12024, 12106 and 14006, Food and Agricultural Code.



6511. Continuing Education Requirements.

No license or certificate issued to a licensee or certificate holder specified in this Section shall be renewed unless the holder has completed the required continuing education hours within each two-year license or certificate period. The education shall have been obtained in a course or program approved pursuant to Section 6512.

(a) Except as provided in (f) and (g), a pest control aircraft pilot shall complete a minimum of 20 hours of approved continuing education relating to pest management and pesticides, including not less than four hours pertaining to pesticide laws and regulations and four hours pertaining to aerial pest control equipment and application techniques.

(b) Except as provided in (f) and (g), qualified applicator license and certificate holders shall complete a minimum of 20 hours of approved continuing education relating to pest management and pesticides, including not less than four hours pertaining to pesticide laws and regulations.

(c) Except as provided in (f) and (g), qualified applicator certificate holders engaged in the business of maintenance gardening, pursuant to Food and Agricultural Code Section 11704, and qualified applicators who only possess a license or certificate in the antifouling-tributyltin, sewer line root control, and/or microbial pest control subcategory(ies) shall complete a minimum of eight hours of approved continuing education relating to pest management and pesticides, including not less than two hours pertaining to pesticide laws and regulations.

(d) Except as provided in (f) and (g), qualified applicators who only possess a license or certificate in the seed treatment pest control category shall complete a minimum of four hours of approved continuing education relating to pest management and pesticides, including not less than two hours pertaining to pesticide laws and regulations.

(e) Except as provided in (f) and (g), an agricultural pest control adviser licensee shall complete a minimum of 40 hours of approved continuing education relating to pest management and pesticides, including not less than four hours pertaining to pesticide laws and regulations.

(f) Each licensee or certificate holder listed in this Section, whose initially issued license or certificate has been valid for less than 12 months at the time of its renewal, is exempt from the continuing education requirements applicable to that license or certificate.

(g) Each licensee or certificate holder listed in this Section whose initially issued license or certificate has been valid for 12 to 20 months at the time of its renewal shall complete a minimum of one-half of the continuing education requirements applicable to that license or certificate.


NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 11456 and 11502.5, Food and Agricultural Code.


Reference: Section 11502.5, Food and Agricultural Code.



6512. Approval of Continuing Education Courses or Programs.


A continuing education sponsor shall be responsible for the following, including but not limited to, administering the continuing education course or program, the agenda and course or program content, attendance verification, and administrative recordkeeping found in section 6513.

(a) Requests for evaluation and approval of continuing education courses or programs must be made on the Continuing Education Approval Request Application form (DPR-PML-131, Rev. 2/15), hereby incorporated by reference, and shall be submitted to the Director at least 30 days before the date of the course or program.

(1) Each continuing education approval request must include a $45 fee and a comprehensive agenda that provides:

(A) a description of the course or program,
(B) the title of each session,
(C) the main points of each session,
(D) the start and end time, or for online and correspondence courses or programs the duration of each session,
(E) the continuing education category requested for each session ("Pesticide Laws and Regulations," "Aerial Pest Control Equipment and Application Techniques," or "Other,") and
(F) the name and affiliation of each speaker, if applicable.

(b) Continuing education courses or programs that occur over two or more days require a Continuing Education Approval Request Application form (DPR-PML-131, Rev. 2/15), comprehensive agenda, and $45 fee for each day if license and certificate holders have the option to attend different days and/or sessions of the course or program.

(c) Requests for approval of additional dates for continuing education courses or programs previously approved within the calendar year must be made on the Continuing Education Additional Course Date Request form (DPR-PML-132 Rev. 2/15), hereby incorporated by reference, and shall be submitted to the Director at least 15 business days before the presentation of the course or program.

(d) Requests for approval of changes to continuing education courses or programs previously approved within the calendar year shall be submitted in writing to the Director before the course or program occurs, and must include:

(1) the name of the course or program,
(2) the date of the course or program,
(3) the course identification code assigned by the Director, and
(4) the changes to be made to the course or program.

(e) The Director may approve any course or program submitted for evaluation, which meets the following criteria:

(1) The instruction must focus on pest management and pesticides including topics as specified in the Food and Agricultural Code section 11502.5 (plant health, organic and sustainable practices, water and air monitoring and residue mitigation, maximum residue levels, quarantine practices, and the on-farm storage of fumigants, all in the context of pesticides and pest management) and including but not limited to: California and federal pesticide laws and/or regulations, chemical formulations, labeling and label interpretation, application equipment, pests, identification of environmentally sensitive areas, endangered species, drift prevention, pesticide registration, integrated pest management, cultural practices, pesticide worker safety, surface and ground water protection, and biological control methods.
(2) Courses or programs that are not focused on California or federal pesticide laws and/or regulations, such as courses or programs about maximum residue levels, or the Business and Professions Code Division 3, Chapter 14 or Chapter 14.5, or the California Code of Regulations Title 16, Division 19, shall not qualify for pesticide laws and regulations hours, as specified in section 6511.
(3) The approved portion of a continuing education course or program must be at least one hour.

(f) Interactive Online and Narrated Online Continuing Education Courses or Programs.

(1) For the Director to consider approval of interactive online and narrated online courses or programs:

(A) a complete copy of the course or program must be submitted in an electronic format, such as compact disc (CD), universal serial bus (USB) flash drive, Web site address, or any other comparable electronic method; and
(B) the following criteria must be met:

1. courses or programs must be divided into distinct topics of no more than two hours, and for courses longer than two hours, each topic must end with review questions;
2. a final examination at the end of the course or program that reviews the approved material and the main points; and
3. a different version of the final examination each time a license or certificate holder retakes a failed final examination, if the sponsor provides a license or certificate holder with a re-examination option. Different versions of the final examination must be achieved by providing the license or certificate holder with new questions, or by shuffling the order of the final examination questions.

(2) The course or program sponsor must require that a license or certificate holder receive a score of 70 percent or greater on the final examination in order to receive continuing education credit.

(3) The final examination and review questions are approved at one minute of credit per question. Each hour of approved material may include up to twenty minutes of questions.

(g) Correspondence and Noninteractive (text-based) Online Continuing Education Courses or Programs.

(1) For the Director to consider approval of correspondence and noninteractive (text-based) online courses or programs:

(A) a complete copy of the course or program must be submitted; and
(B) the criteria specified in (f)(1)(B) and (f)(2-3) must be met.

(2) Each 200 words of a correspondence or noninteractive (text-based) online course or program will count as one minute of course or program time.

(h) The Director may request that more information about the content of the course or program be submitted before making the determination as to whether the course or program meets the criteria specified in (e), (f), and/or (g).

(i) The approval of a course or program pursuant to this section shall be valid for the calendar year in which the course or program would be presented.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 11456 and 11502.5, Food and Agricultural Code. Reference: Sections 11502.5, Food and Agricultural Code.



6513. Records of Continuing Education Courses or Programs.

(a) Recordkeeping responsibilities of the continuing education sponsor.

(1) The continuing education sponsor shall maintain a record of license and certificate holders who have successfully completed continuing education hours.
(2) Each record must be kept for three years from the completion date of the course or program.
(3) Within 15 business days of successful completion of a course or program, the continuing education sponsor shall provide each license and certificate holder with his or her record of course or program completion.
(4) Each record must contain the information specified in (c).

(b) Recordkeeping responsibilities of the license or certificate holder.

(1) Each licensee and certificate holder specified in Section 6511 shall maintain a record of all completed continuing education courses or programs.
(2) Each record must be kept for three years from the completion date of the course or program.
(3) Each record must contain the information specified in (c).

(c) The records specified in (a) and (b) of this section must include:

(1) license or certificate holder's name;
(2) license or certificate number;
(3) title of the course or program;
(4) name of the continuing education sponsor;
(5) location of the course or program;
(6) date of the course or program;
(7) number of hours attended in each continuing education category;
(8) license or certificate holder's signature; and
(9) the course identification code assigned by the Director to the course or program.

(d) The records specified in (a) and (b) must be submitted to the Director upon written request.


NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 11456 and 11502.5, Food and Agricultural Code.


Reference: Section 11502.5, Food and Agricultural Code.



6514. Regional Accreditation Committees.


NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 407 and 11502.5, Food and Agricultural Code.


Reference: Sections 11502.5 and 12986, Food and Agricultural Code.