Licensing and Certification Program

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What's New in Licensing

The new regulations will improve the competency standards for certified applicators using California restricted materials, which includes federally restricted use pesticides (RUPs), and improve standards for continuing education (CE) courses. Please visit our Certification and Training page for additional information.

Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators (C&T) Regulations, (Video)

Renewal Season 2023

We have concluded the 2023 license renewal season. We will continue to process late renewals in the order received. If anything is missing and we are unable to process your application, you will receive a problem notification letter by email.

You may visit the List of Valid DPR Licensees to determine if the license or certificate card has been updated.

Licensing Staff are currently processing exam applications with payment transaction dates from the week of:

Individual Exam Applications Dates
Individual Exam Applications

About Licensing

DPR's Licensing and Certification Program is responsible for examining and licensing or certifying qualified pesticide applicators, pest control aircraft pilots, pest control dealer designated agents, and agricultural pest control advisers. DPR 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.

New Information and Resources

For more information, please contact:
Licensing and Certification Program

For Continuing Education Sponsors, please contact:
Continuing Education Program

For prospective PCAs, please contact:
Pest Control Adviser Program