Code of Ethics (Adopted 1992)

The California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) recognizes the unique ethical and professional responsibility of the licensed pest control adviser (PCA). PCAs have the responsibility to support and promote the highest standards of conduct in the performance of their duties to the public, the environment and their clients.

CAPCA members will observe and obey all laws and regulations pertaining to our industry, and will voluntarily assume the obligations of self-discipline, honor, and environmental respect set forth in the CAPCA ‘Code of Ethics’.

ARTICLE I: Obligation of the PCA to the Public and Environment

  • Prescribe environmentally sound pest management methods which do not jeopardize the public health and welfare.
  • Ensure that alternative measures for pest management situations have been reviewed, as provided by law.
  • Maintain an awareness of public concerns and be willing to address those concerns in a sound, scientifically-based manner.
  • Serve as a leading advocate of safe and effective pest management technologies.
  • Participate in the advancement of pest management and professional knowledge.

ARTICLE II: Obligation of the PCA to the Client

  • PCAs have an affirmative ethical obligation not to conceal their source of compensation when asked.
  • Help the client keep abreast of relevant regulatory and technological changes which could impact the client’s business.
  • Provide the client with pest management advice which meets the following criteria:
    • environmentally, economically, and ethically sound
    • legal uses that are objective and are research-based

ARTICLE III: Obligation of PCA to the Profession

  • Refrain from making false or misleading statements about the work of other PCAs.
  • Recognize the duty to report illegal practices to the proper authorities.
  • Maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of pest management through conscientious pursuit of continuing education.
  • Participate in industry affiliated organizations and activities which encourage the betterment of the profession.
  • Foster and support research and education for the advancement of pest management knowledge.

Adopted 1989 Standard of Conduct

CAPCA members will conduct themselves in a professional manner according to their code of ethics by observing all laws and all regulations, broadening their abilities through continuing education, and respecting the needs of their clients, the environment and public safety at all times.