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
Article 3. Qualified Applicators


6530. Categories and Examinations.

Applicants may qualify by examination to work in one or more of the following categories or subcategories:

(a) Category A - Residential, Industrial and Institutional Pest Control

(b) Category B - Landscape Maintenance Pest Control

(c) Category C - Right-of-Way Pest Control

(d) Category D - Agricultural Pest Control (plant)

(e) Category E - Forest Pest Control

(f) Category F - Aquatic Pest Control

(g) Category G - Regulatory Pest Control

(h) Category H - Seed Treatment

(i) Category I - Agricultural Pest Control (animal)

(j) Category J - Demonstration and Research

(k) Category K - Health Related Pest Control

(l) Subcategory L - Wood Preservation

(m) Subcategory M - Antifouling-Tributyltin

(n) Subcategory N - Sewer Line Root Control

(o) Subcategory O - Field Fumigation Pest Control

(p) Subcategory P - Microbial Pest Control

(q) Subcategory Q - Maintenance Gardener Pest Control (see restriction in section 6531)


NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 11456, 11502, 12203.1, 12976, 14001, 14005, 14102, 14151, and 14153.1, Food and Agricultural Code.

Reference: Sections 11501, 11701, 11704, 12203, 14001, 14015, 14102, and 14153, Food and Agricultural Code.

6531. Maintenance Gardener Pest Control Restriction.

A person qualified to work solely in subcategory Q listed in section 6530 may not purchase or use federally restricted-use pesticides or state restricted materials.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 11456, 11502, 12203.1, 12976, 14001, 14005, 14102, 14151, and 14153.1, Food and Agricultural Code. Reference: Sections 11501, 11701, 11704, 12203, 14001, 14015, 14102, and 14153, Food and Agricultural Code.

6532. Expiration.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 407, 11702, 12976 and 14005, Food and Agricultural Code.

Reference: Sections 11501, 11702 and 14001, Food and Agricultural Code.

6534. Refusal, Revocation, and Suspension.

A qualified applicator certificate or license may be refused, revoked, or suspended by the director for any of the following:

(a) failure to adequately supervise the use of a restricted material;

(b) failure to comply with any applicable provision of Divisions 6 or 7 of the Food and Agricultural Code, or regulations adopted pursuant to such provisions;

(c) making any false or fraudulent record or report.


NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 11456, 12976, 14005 and 14102, Food and Agricultural Code.

Reference: Sections 11501, 14001 and 14102, Food and Agricultural Code. 

6536. Field Fumigation Licensing Requirements.

A person who performs or supervises field fumigation applications pursuant to section 6445.5 must hold a qualified applicator license or certificate in the subcategory of field fumigation pest control.

NOTE:  Authority Cited: Sections 11456, 11502, and 14005, Food and Agricultural Code.

Reference:  Sections 11501, 14001, and 14151, Food and Agricultural Code.