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44 • LICENSING AND CERTIFICATION

Pesticide Handling by Pilots. Pilots operating a pest control aircraft must not transfer, mix, or load liquid pesticides that are labeled with the signal word Danger or Warning and that contain organophosphates or carbam- ates unless a closed system is used.

County Registration. Before a pest control pilot can operate in any county, they must register with the county agricultural commissioner. In each county where they register, the appren- tice pilot must include the name of the journeyman pilot responsible for providing supervision of their pest control activities. The journeyman pilot named on the apprentice pilot’s county registration must also be currently registered with that county. If the journeyman pilot named on the apprentice’s registration can no longer provide the supervision, the apprentice pilot must immediately notify the county agricultural commissioner and amend the registration.

You must register in person in one county, but then registration with any other county may be done by mail. There is a registration fee of $10 for a pilot registering in the first county, and $5 for each additional county. You are required to register annually, and registration covers one calendar year. You can request the appropriate forms for registration by mail from the county agricultural commissioner where you register in person.

Continuing Education Require- ments. Your Pest Control Aircraft Pilot Certificate cannot be renewed unless you have completed a minimum of 20 hours of DPR-approved pest manage- ment and pesticide instruction within each two-year certificate period. Included in the 20 hours of instruction must be at least four hours pertaining to pesticide laws and regulations, and four hours pertaining to application equipment and techniques (see Table 3-1). The continuing education record-

APPLICATION

LAWS AND

EQUIPMENT AND

REGULATIONS HOURS

TECHNIQUES HOURS

TABLE 3-1.

Adviser and Applicator Continuing Education Hours Summary.

LICENSE AND CERTIFICATE TYPE

OTHER HOURS1

TOTAL HOURS2

Agricultural Pest Control Adviser License

4

Pest Control Aircraft Pilot Certificate (Apprentice and Journeyman)

4

Qualified Applicator Certificate and License

4

Qualified Applicator Certificate and License3 (Possessing only Category Q AND currently possessing a valid Maintenance Gardener Pest Control Business License or employed by a valid licensed Maintenance Gardener Pest Control Business.)

2

Qualified Applicator Certificate and License4 (Possessing only Category H)

2

6

8

2

4

1 Other hours include, but are not limited to, the following topics: laws and regulations, chemical formulation, labeling and label interpretation, application equipment, pests, identification of environmentally sensitive areas, drift prevention, pesticide registration, integrated pest manage- ment, cultural practices, pesticide worker safety, ground water protection, and biological control methods.

2 Total hours required every 2-year renewal period.

3 This includes Qualified Applicators who have only the Landscape Maintenance Pest Control Category (Category Q) and currently possess a valid Maintenance Gardener Pest Control Business License or are employed by a valid licensed Maintenance Gardener Pest Control Business.

4 This includes Qualified Applicators who have only the Seed Treatment Pest Control Category (Category H).

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