DPR 22-003 Certification and Training

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DPR 22-003 Certification and Training (Notice 6/3/22; Comment period closed 7/19/22; "15-day" comment period 12/2/22-12/19/22)

DPR adopted Title 3, California Code of Regulations sections 6404, 6509, 6512.1, 6512.2, 6512.3, 6512.4, 6580.1, 6580.2, 6624.5, and 6731; amended sections 6000, 6302, 6406, 6414, 6428, 6430, 6500, 6502, 6504, 6508, 6510, 6511, 6512, 6513, 6522, 6530, 6531, 6540, 6562, 6564, 6568, 6580, 6582, 6584, 6612, 6622, 6624, 6724, and 6742; and repealed sections 6445.5, 6534, 6536, and 6560. The pesticide regulatory program activities affected by this action are those pertaining to the certification of commercial and private pesticide applicators ("certified applicators"), development and submittal of continuing education (CE) courses required for pesticide applicator license or certificate renewal, and supervision of non-certified applicators. In summary, this action aligned California’s regulations with the revised federal regulations in Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations Part 171 "Certification of Pesticide Applicators" that were noticed in the Federal Register Vol. 82, No. 2 on January 4, 2017. This action improved the competency standards for certified applicators using California restricted materials, which includes federally restricted use pesticides (RUPs), improved certification standards for certified applicators, created additional certification categories for certified applicators, increased protection for noncertified applicators using restricted materials under the direct supervision of a certified applicator through enhanced pesticide safety training and standards for supervision of noncertified applicators, established a minimum age requirement for certified and noncertified applicators using restricted materials under the direct supervision of a certified applicator, and improved standards for CE courses. In addition, new forms were incorporated by reference and some forms currently incorporated by reference were amended to align with this action.