Pest Control Advisers (PCAs) are licensed professional
production consultants who serve California agriculture and horticulture
producers. PCAs specialize in pest management, but they are also an important
resource to producers in a wide range of production concerns related to plant
A PCA is licensed by the State of California to engage in
the following activities
• Provide pest management recommendations, which must be in
• Hold self as an authority on any agricultural use.
• Solicit sales of products or services for agricultural
How do I become a PCA?
The educational requirements for taking the exam to become a licensed
PCA have been determined by California’s Department of Pesticide
Regulation. There are three options for meeting the requirements. Option 1
requires a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Sciences, Biological Sciences,
Natural Sciences or Pest Management and 42 semester or 63 quarter units of core
study. Option 2 requires a Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences, Biological Sciences,
Natural Sciences or Pest Management. Option 3 requires 24 months of work
experience and 42 semester or 63 quarter units of core study.Specific information on each option, the
required documents, and details about the required core courses can be found at the DPR website. Each school has different offerings, contact each school directly for their list of approved courses.
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