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46 • LICENSING AND CERTIFICATION

regulations (see Table 3-1). There is no grace period. If you fail to earn the required number of continuing educa- tion hours before the certificate expiration date, you cannot renew. To again possess the certificate you must again pass the examinations.

A Qualified Applicator Certificate holder who has only the Maintenance Gardener Pest Control Category (Category Q) and possesses or is the qualified applicator under a valid Maintenance Gardener Pest Control Business License must have a mini- mum of eight hours of DPR-approved pest management and pesticide instruction for each two-year certificate period. Included in the eight hours of instruction must be at least two hours pertaining to pesticide laws and regulations.

A Qualified Applicator Certificate holder who has only the Seed Treat- ment Pest Control Category (Category H) must have a minimum of four hours of Department-approved pest manage- ment and pesticide instruction for each two-year certificate renewal period. Included in the four hours of instruc- tion must be at least two hours pertain- ing to pesticide laws and regulations. The continuing education record- keeping requirements for all license and certificate holders are addressed later in this chapter.

Denial, Revocation, and Suspension of a Qualified Applicator Certificate. A Qualified Applicator Certificate may be denied, revoked, or suspended by the Director of DPR, after a hearing, for any of the following:

  • making any false or fraudulent record or report

  • failure to adequately supervise the use of a restricted material

  • failure to comply with the laws and regulations governing pesticides and pesticide use

Qualified Applicator License

The Qualified Applicator License (QAL) is required for supervising the pest control operations of a licensed Pest Control Business, whether restricted use pesticides or general use pesticides are being used. A person with this license may also use or supervise the use of pesticides under a licensed Maintenance Gardener Pest Control Business, if they are qualified in the Landscape Maintenance Pest Control Category. However, it is the Qualified Applicator Certificate that is primarily held by people who supervise the pest control operations of a licensed maintenance gardener pest control business.

Minimum Requirements. Before an initial Qualified Applicator License is issued, or before a license is issued to a person who has not possessed a valid Qualified Applicator License within the last 12 months, applicants must pass the “Laws, Regulations, and Basic Principles” examination. In addition, they must pass one or more of the category examinations listed in Sidebar 3, depending on what type of pest control will be conducted by the business. A Qualified Applicator License holder may use or supervise the use of any pesticide (restricted use or general use) only in the categories in which they have been found to be qualified through the examination process.

Continuing Education Require- ments. To renew your Qualified Applicator License you must complete a minimum of 20 hours of DPR- approved pest management and pesticide instruction within each two- year license period. At least four hours of this continuing education must pertain to pesticide laws and regula- tions (see Table 3-1). There is no grace period. If you fail to earn the required

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