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The California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) represents more than 75% of the nearly 4,000 California EPA licensed pest control advisers (PCAs) that provide pest management consultation for the production of food, fiber and ornamental industries of this state.

CAPCA is dedicated to the professional development and enhancement of our member's education and stewardship, which includes legislative, regulatory, continuing education and public outreach activities.

CAPCA membership covers a broad spectrum of the industry including agricultural consulting firms, U.C. Cooperative Extension Service, city, county and state municipalities, public agencies, privately employed, forensic pest management firms, biological control suppliers, distributors, dealers of farm supplies, seed companies, laboratories, farming companies and manufacturers of pest management products.

Mission Statement CAPCA's mission is to facilitate the success of the licensed pest control adviser.

CAPCA's purpose is to serve as the leader in the evolution of the pest management industry through the communication of reliable information.

The California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) was established in 1975 to support and promote agricultural pest control advisers (PCAs). To support its members, CAPCA maintains 16 local chapters throughout the State of California. CAPCA represents more than 2,800 licensed PCAs in the state. CAPCA's mission and goals revolve in the following areas:

  • Educational Advancement
  • Legislative & Regulatory Representation
  • Public Relations and Communication/Networking
What is a Pest Control Adviser

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.

PCA specialties are diverse and may help maintain highway vegetation; solve weed congestion in public waterways; assist in pest-free greenhouses, golf courses, turf and landscape; or ensure the growth of healthy, abundant food, fiber and ornamentals from over 9.9 million acres of California farm and public lands.

PCA as a Profession Is it an exciting and fulfilling career?

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.

There has never been a better time to enter the crop protection industry.

To obtain a PCA license, an individual must meet strict educational requirements, plus successfully pass multiple examinations administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency's Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) at

It is advisable to start planning courses early in college to ensure that all the requirements can be met within your 4-5 year of college education. Taking an internship opportunity in the industry is also a great way to receive practical applicable experience.

Educational Requirements

Colleges with Academic Programs:

California State University, Chico
College of Agriculture
P:(530) 898-5844 F:(530)898-5845

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences
P:(805)756-2161 F:(805)756-6577

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
College of Agriculture
P:(909)869-2200 F:(909)869-4454

California State University, Fresno
Schooling of Agriculture Sciences & Technology
P:(559) 278-2061 F:(559) 278-4496

University of California, Davis
Schooling of Ag. & Environment Sciences ICA & ES Dean's Office
P:(530)752-0108 F:(530) 752-9049

University of California, Riverside
College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences
P:(951)-827-7294 F:(951) 827-2246

By-Laws 2006
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.

Tax Status 501C(6)

CAPCA is a non-profit mutual benefit 501 C (6) corporation. CAPCA was organized in 1972 and formed in 1974 to further the well being of and to upgrade the qualification of its members and to provide technical information, encourage careful and skillful use of pest management practices. A Board of Directors elected by local CAPCA Chapter organizations governs CAPCA. Currently, CAPCA consists of 16 Chapters located in specific agricultural areas from Oregon to Mexico.

Terms and Privacy Policy

Substitution/ Cancellation Policy for CAPCA ED
CAPCA ED does not issue refunds. If you are unable to attend a seminar that you have registered for you may transfer your registration to another future CE event during the same calendar year (see Transfer Policy below).
If you are unable to attend a CAPCA ED event that you have registered for, CAPCA policy allows a one-time transfer to one future CE seminar held during the same calendar year. Transfer requests must be submitted to the CAPCA office by written request (fax or e‐mail) and must be received at the CAPCA office no later than 12:00 p.m. the day before the meeting. Beginning July 1, 2016 a registration can only be transferred one time.
If you are unable to attend a CAPCA ED event that you have registered for you may send a substitute to attend in your place. Substitution requests must be submitted to the CAPCA office by written request (fax or e‐mail) and must be received at the CAPCA office no later than 12:00 p.m. the day before the meeting. On‐site substitutions cannot be guaranteed but may be considered on a case‐by‐case basis.
The CAPCA ED refund‐transfer‐substitution policy does not apply to CDFA Nitrogen Management Certification Training or the CCA Exam Preparatory Workshop.

Substitution/ Cancellation Policy for Conference Exhibit Booth
In the event an exhibitor finds it necessary to cancel participation in the 2017 Agri-Expo, refunds will be made as follows:
Prior to July 15, 2017 - 75% refund
July 16- Sept. 25, 2017 - 50% refund
After Sept 25, 2017 - NO REFUND
All exhibiting companies are asked to furnish an electronic copy of their corporate, company or field operations logo showing your name or company signage. A Current Certificate of General Liability Insurance is also requested.

Substitutions & Cancellations for CAPCA Conference Registration
SUBSTITUTIONS: Substitutions for paid registrants must be received in writing prior to September 16, 2017. NO SUBSTITUTIONS WILL BE MADE AFTER 09/16/17!!
CANCELLATIONS: There will be no refunds for cancellations postmarked after September 16, 2017. Cancellations in writing, received by email, fax, or mail by September 16, 2017 will receive a partial refund - registration paid minus a $75 handling fee. ALL Refunds will be processed after October 24, 2017.

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