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LICENSING AND CERTIFICATION

SIDEBAR 4

New Agricultural Pest Control Adviser Minimum Requirements (effective January 1, 2003)

Effective January 1, 2003, if you have never held an agricultural pest control adviser license you must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • A.

    have a bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) in the agricultural sciences, biological sciences, or pest management OR

  • B.

    have 45 semester units (67.5 quarter units) of college-level curricula in the physical and biological sciences, crop health, pest man- agement systems and methods, and produc- tion systems topic areas, plus 24 months of technical experience equivalent to work as an assistant to a pest management specialist a field sweeper

a field checker or scout

a participant in field or lab research activities relating to pest control

a participant in agricultural pest control or management activities at the federal, state, or county level

a Qualified Applicator Licensee employed by a licensed pest control business (No more than 12 months of experience solely in the Land- scape Maintenance Pest Control Category or the Health Related Pest Control Category must be used.)

an authorized licensee listed on a Structural Pest Control Operator License (No more than 12 months of work experience as a licensed structural pest control operator must be used.)

a farm operator

The college-level curricula specified in A and B must include at least 45 semester units (67.5 quarter units) as shown here:

AREA OF STUDY

Physical and biological sciences such as introduction to inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, plant biology or botany, ecology, soils, irrigation, genetics, plant physiology, entomology, and zoology.

Crop health such as vegetative management or weeds, plant pathology, agricultural/economic entomology, plant nutrition or fertility, nematology, and vertebrate management.

Pest management systems and methods, with at least one course in pest management systems and one course in pest management methods.

Semester Units

Quarter Units

15

22.5

12

18

9

13.5

Pest management systems topics such as agricultural chemical applications, properties of pesticides, mode of action of agricultural chemicals, toxicology, environmental impact of pesticides, and biological control.

Pest management methods topics such as integrated pest management, alternative cropping systems, and sustainable agricultural systems.

Production systems such as environmental horticulture, horticulture, ornamental horticulture, forestry, agronomy, crop science, vegetable crops, animal science, or other production systems.

9

13.5

Total Units Required

45

67.5

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