Vector Control Technician Certification Program Website
Vector Control Technician Certification Program Requires that Pesticide Handlers be certified in order to qualify and comply with NPDES, National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit.
every government agency employee who handles, applies, or supervises the use of any pesticide for public health purposes, shall be certified by the department as a vector control technician in at least one of the following categories commensurate with assigned duties, as follows: (1) Mosquito control. (2) Terrestrial invertebrate vector control. (3) Vertebrate vector control. (b) The department may establish by regulation exemptions from the requirements of this section that are deemed reasonably necessary to further the purposes of this section. (c) The department shall establish by regulation minimum standards for continuing education for any government agency employee certified under Section 116110 and regulations adopted pursuant thereto, who handles, applies, or supervises the use of any pesticide for public health purposes. (d) An official record of the completed continuing education units shall be maintained by the department. If a certified technician fails to meet the requirements set forth under subdivision (c), the department shall suspend the technician's certificate or certificates and immediately notify the technician and the employing agency. The department shall establish by regulation procedures for reinstating a suspended certificate. The California Department of Public Health offers an examination for certification as a Public Health Vector Control Certified Technician on the third Thursday of May and November.
Links to documents:
Apply for VCT Examination
Category A Study Materials
Category B Study Materials
Supplemental VCT Study Materials
All the information above must be learned and both Tests A & B passed to legally comply with
HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE
I was allowed to spray pesticides from 4/19/04 to my date of certification without supervision.
I passed Tests A & B on October 31, 2005, a year and a half after I began spraying pesticides.
My California Public Health License Certification Number 520003542.
I endured 3 separate exposures prior to being legally-compliant with the California Certification Statute
Pasture Pre-Treatment with Altosid; I was the only employee in the history of mosquito abatement to have my chemicals taken away to prevent me from doing my job.
Rice Flooding Mosquito Inspection Zone 18 – Multiple properties with at least 475 Acres involved.
Weed Abatement Letter by Supervisor to Property Owner. Originally the supervisors obtained property owners signatures and this responsibility was passed on to me, the new hire.
The most accurate job description was provided to me by my knee surgeon. As an employee I never saw this until after I was seriously injured, years into my employment.
Tiffany Anderson’s Training Record
The following is brought over from the State Water Resources Control Board’s Website
According to the Sixth Circuit Court Ruling on National Cotton Council of America v. U.S. EPA (553 F.3d 927 (6th Cir., 2009)), the application of pesticides at, near, or over waters of the United States that results in discharges of pollutants requires coverage under a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. In response to the Sixth Circuit Court’s decisions and previous decisions by other courts on pesticide regulation, the State Water Board has adopted four Pesticide Permits.
General Information – Archives
The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Decisions
The Sixth Circuit Court Decision on March 28, 2011 (Extension of Stay)
On March 28, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, granted a motion to extend the stay currently in place in the matter of National Cotton Council of America v. U.S. EPA,553 F.3d 927 (2009). The stay of the Court’s 2009 decision is now effective until October 31, 2011. As a result of this extension, the federal regulation exempting pesticide discharges in compliance with FIFRA from the requirement to apply for an NPDES permit continues in effect through October 31. Until that time, persons applying pesticides have no affirmative duty to apply for an NPDES permit, in accordance with federal law.
Those who have previously applied for coverage under the three pesticide discharge permits adopted by the State Water Board on March 1, 2011 and the Weed Control Permit (Water Quality Order No. 2004-0009-DWQ), must submit a notice of termination if they do not intend to comply with the applicable permit. Once the stay expires, a new application for coverage will be required.
The Sixth Circuit Court Decision on June 8, 2009 (Two-Year Stay)
On June 8, 2009, the Sixth Circuit granted the motion for a two-year stay of the effect of the National Cotton Council of America v. United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The USEPA exemption will remain in effect until April 9, 2011.
The Sixth Circuit Court Decision on January 7, 2009
On January 7, 2009, the Sixth Circuit Court decided that the USEPA Final Rule is not a reasonable interpretation of the CWA and vacated the Final Rule.
U.S.EPA Final Rule and (memorandum)
On November 20, 2006, the U.S.EPA issued its final rule on aquatic pesticides. This rule would eliminate the need for a NPDES permit for the application of pesticides to waters, if the application is made in accordance with Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) labels.
Rescission NPDES Permit WQO 2005-0010-DWQ for the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Silver King Creek Rotenone Project
WQO 2005-0012-DWQ Adopted on October 20, 2005
Regulation of Aquatic Pesticides Following the Ninth Circuit Decision in Fairhurst v. Hagener (10/05/05)
The Ninth Circuit Court Decision in Fairhurst v. Hagener (9/8/05)
Water Board Comments on USEPA Draft Rule Regarding Permit Requirements for Pesticide Applications in Compliance with FIFRA (4/14/05)
The Ninth Circuit Court Decision in League of Wilderness Defenders v. Forsgren (11/4/02)
Water Quality Order 2001-12-DWQ Adopted on July 19, 2001, Rescinded by WQOs 2004-0008-DWQ (larvicide discharges for vector control) and WQO 2004-0009-DWQ (aquatic herbicide discharges for weed control) on May 20, 2004
Regulation of Discharges of Aquatic Pesticides
Memorandum from Craig M. Wilson, Chief Counsel, April 8, 2002 – Discusses an interpretive statement by the USEPA
The Ninth Circuit Court Decision in Headwaters, Inc. v. Talent Irrigation District (3/12/01)
DFG Silver King Creek Rotenone Project (7/13/05)
Vector Control – Archives
Vector Control »» Vector Control Program Page
Draft Order Amending Order 2011-0002-DWQ
Preliminary Draft Adulticides Permit – Notice of Opportunity to Provide Informal Comments
Draft Vector Control General Permit
Notice of Public Hearing | Draft Permit | Comments | Response to Comments
Comments (November 2, 2010) | Response to Comments (November 2, 2010)
Comments (February 18, 2011) | Response to Comments (February 18, 2011)
Change Sheet | Conformed Response to February 18, 2011 Comments
Draft Amendment Vector Control Permit
Discharges of Aquatic Pesticides for Vector Control
Water Quality Order 2004-0008-DWQ Adopted on May 20, 2004, Replaced by WQO 2011-0002-DWQ on March 1, 2011