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

  • 2017 Exam schedule, PDF (208 kb)
  • License Renewal: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Individual License Holders, PDF (286 kb) – Contains answers to the most common questions DPR receives from license holders about license renewals.
  • College courses currently approved to meet the PCA minimum education requirements
  • 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. If you submit before October, you will have your license by early December and you can register with the County Agricultural Commissioner office before the New Year. Processing takes 60 days.
  • 2016 License Renewal Poster, PDF (492 kb) This poster can be used by CE sponsors, pest control businesses, Agricultural Commissioner staff, or others to inform DPR licensees about the importance of submitting their renewal applications early.
      En Español, PDF (173 kb)
  • 2016 License Renewal PowerPoint, PPT (1 mb) These slides can be used by CE sponsors, CACs, or others to inform individuals about the DPR renewal process and to promote early application submittal.


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