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