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Ag Unlimited Consultants are Pest Control Advisers

California Agricultural 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 California EPA 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.

Ag Unlimited PCA specialties are diverse and, together with PCAs across California, help ensure the growth of healthy, abundant food, fiber and ornamentals from over 9.9 million acres of California farm and public lands.

California Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA)

CAPCA members provide crop production advice concerning land preparation, planting, fertilization, irrigation, cultivation and harvesting of food, fiber, ornamental crops and landscape settings. CAPCA members are licensed by the State of California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) Licensing/Certification Program to provide recommendations for the agriculture use of pest management materials, including chemical pesticides, organic pesticides and beneficial insects.

Qualifications for licensing include a BA or BS degree in Agricultural Sciences, Biological Sciences, Pest Management or technical experience and college level curriculum that includes science courses for a total of 42 semester or 63 quarter units. The applicant must then pass a written examination in the categories in which they expect to work and provide consulting advice. To maintain a PCA license, they must complete a minimum of 40 hours of Cal EPA approved instruction relating to pest management within each two-year licensing period.

Licensed pest control advisers provide written recommendations that must address 13 specific areas, including worker safety, environmental impact and a detailed plan for the use of pest management materials. Recommendations are subject to review by the County Agricultural Commissioners and Cal EPA's Department of Pesticide Regulation and kept on file for one year.

Standard of Conduct

Adopted 1989

California Pest Control Adviser 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.

Code of Ethics

Adopted 1992

The California Association 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

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

ARTICLE II: Obligation of the PCA to the Client

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

ARTICLE III: Obligation of PCA to the Profession

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

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