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
Emails to DPR’s Licensing Program and 2020 A-L Renewal Update
There has been a noticeable increase in the amount of emails and phone calls that Licensing Staff have received checking on the status of renewal applications. Our response time to emails and calls has increased as we have all available Licensing Program staff focused on processing the high volume of A-L Renewals received at the end of 2020 and into 2021. Emails coming in to our LicenseMail@cdpr.ca.gov account may not receive a response for 10 business days, though the auto response does provide important details for individuals who are checking on their renewal status. We strongly encourage businesses and their qualified persons to plan to submit their next renewal by October 1, which will allow time for DPR processing and registration with County Agricultural Commissioner offices by the new year.
A new, updated version of the Laws and Regulations Study Guide is now available on DPR’s website. Reviewing and knowing the information in the study guide should help you to prepare for taking the Laws and Regulations exam. It’s also a good refresher on pesticide use requirements. Study materials for exams can be found on DPR’s website.
All Qualified Applicator (QAL and QAC) and Designated Dealer Agent (DDA) exams are now given at computer-based testing centers. These testing centers are conveniently located throughout California. Once you submit your QAL, QAC, or DDA application to DPR and it has been processed, you will be emailed a link to schedule a time and location for your exam that works best for you!
We've Moved Offices!
The Licensing, Certification and Continuing Education Programs moved offices in May 2020.
The best way to get ahold of us is through our LicenseMail@cdpr.ca.gov email. Note that our main phone number for the Licensing and Certification Program (916-445-4038) remains the same, as well as all of our email addresses. The Continuing Education (CE) Program's phone number for CE course sponsor questions has changed to 916-603-7792.
Our mailing address will remain the same:
Department of Pesticide Regulation
Attn: Cashier MS-4A
P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95812-4015
We are committed to providing you great customer service. Should you need to meet in person with a Licensing program staff member, please email (LicenseMail@cdpr.ca.gov) to schedule a time for us to meet at the Cal EPA Bldg in downtown Sacramento. In general, it is best and most appreciated if you mail your application packages or other non-email correspondence to us at the address in lieu of dropping them off in person.
New Information and Resources
- Notice of New Restrictions on Sale and Use of Pesticide Products Containing Carbaryl, PDF
- 2020 Licensing Renewal Reminder Poster, PDF – A tool for CE sponsors and county agricultural commissioner staff to use to remind A-L license and certificate holders to renew early.
- 2020 Licensing Renewal Information Presentation, PDF – A tool for CE sponsors, county agricultural commissioner staff, or others to inform individuals renewing this year (surnames and business names beginning with letters A-L) about the DPR renewal process, important dates, and benefits of renewing early.
- Top 10 Agricultural Pesticide Use Violations of 2019, PDF - CE course sponsors and licensees are encouraged to use this presentation covering the most common agricultural pesticide use violations that occurred during 2019.
- Exam schedule, PDF
For more information, please contact:
Licensing and Certification Program
Phone (916) 445-4038