Which Certificate Do I Need?
If I apply pesticides occasionally for my maintenance gardening work, do I still need to be certified?
Yes. If you are occasionally applying pesticides as part of a maintenance gardening business, you must have a Qualified Applicator Certificate in category Q (QAC-Q). The QAC-Q allows for the incidental use of general use pesticides. People with only the Maintenance Gardener QAC-Q are not authorized to purchase, use, or supervise the application of restricted materials.
How do I get certified for the QAC-Q?
What's next, after I pass the QAC-Q exam?
DPR will notify you by mail with your exam results. If you pass, you will be sent your QAC-Q card. Once you are certified, you still cannot use pesticides until the maintenance gardener business you own or work for has been licensed by DPR.
What if I need to apply restricted materials?
For more information, please contact:
Licensing and Certification Program
Phone: (916) 445-4038