Certification

Every government agency employee who independently handles, applies, or supervises the use of any pesticide for public health purposes must be certified by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). To acquire certification as a public health vector control technician (VCT), the employee is required to pass the Pesticide Application and Safety (Category A) exam and at least one exam in the following categories corresponding to assigned duties.

  • Category B: Mosquito Biology and Control
  • Category C: Terrestrial Invertebrate Vector Control
  • Category D: Vertebrate Vector Control

Only individuals currently employed at a government public health agency that performs vector control may apply to take the certification examination. CDPH offers the exam twice annually, the third Thursday of May and November. Exam applications must be approved by CDPH prior to the exam.

The next exam date is May 2017. The exam location is marked on the approved application. Contact the CDPH Training and Certification Coordinator for additional information on the exam at (916) 552-9730.

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