Licensing and Certification Program

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DPR’s Licensing and Certification Program is responsible for examining and licensing qualified applicators, aircraft pilots, pest control dealer designated agents, and agricultural pest control advisers; and for certifying pesticide applicators who use or supervise the use of restricted pesticides. It also licenses businesses that sell or apply pesticides or use pest control methods/devices for hire (i.e., pest control business, maintenance gardener pest control business, pest control dealer, and pesticide broker).

Visit the local County Agricultural Commissioner for private applicator certificate information.
Visit the Structural Pest Control Board for structural pest control licensing information.
Visit the California Department of Public Health for vector control technician certification information.

What’s New in Licensing

  • 2016 Exam schedule, PDF (37 kb)
  • Letter to all CE Sponsors about topics that can be approved for CE:
  • License and certificate holders with surnames or business names starting with A-L renew this year! Renewal packets will be mailed August 2016. Applications must be submitted to DPR by November 1, 2016 to be renewed by December 31, 2016. Processing takes 60 days.
  • Maintenance Gardener Pest Control: If you are applying pesticides as part of a maintenance gardening business, you must have a Qualified Applicator Certificate in category Q. This link has more information on certification, renewals, business requirements and more.
  • New Continuing Education Regulations went into effect January 1, 2014.
  • UC IPM Train-the-Trainer Workshops for training pesticide safety trainers of pesticide handlers and fieldworkers


For more information, please contact:
Licensing and Certification Program
Phone (916) 445-4038