What is a Pest Control Adviser (PCA)?

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 health.

 

A PCA is licensed by the State of California to engage in the following activities

• Provide pest management recommendations, which must be in writing.

• Hold self as an authority on any agricultural use.

• Solicit sales of products or services for agricultural use.


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.


PCA Profiles


See what actual PCAs have to say about their careers - PCA Profiles