Pest Control Adviser Certificate
There has never been a better time to enter the crop protection industry. Pest Control Advisers (PCAs) are licensed professional consultants who serve California agriculture and horticulture producers. PCAs specialize in pest management, but they are also an important resource to producers with regards to overall plant health.
How do I become a PCA?
When a student completes the coursework, he/she will be qualified to take the PCA licensing exam mandated and administered by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/license/adviser.htm.
PCAs have a rewarding career and earn a competitive salary. They have several career avenues to choose from such as State Agencies, Corporations, Sole Proprietary companies, and academic professions.
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.
Careers available to licensed PCAs include:
- Corporate Farm Manager
- Chemical Dealer/Distributor
- Sales and Services Representative
- Private Agricultural Consultant
- Parks, Trees and Facilities Supervisor
- Brush and Weed Control Supervisor
Salaries for PCA
In addition to working directly with agriculture suppliers, PCAs are highly sought after by government agencies, distributors, retailers and pesticide manufacturing companies, earning salaries ranging from $45,000 to more than $100,000 annually
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