Training & Certification


California has one of the strictest programs for the registration and use of pesticides in the United States. While the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) has the primary responsibility for regulating all aspects of pesticide sales and use, including licensing of pesticide applicators, CDPR has delegated training and certification for public health pesticides to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The California Vector Control Technician Certification and Continuing Education Guidelines provide detailed procedures for certification and continuing education requirements. To help guide MVCAC members responsible for coordinating Vector Control Technician certification and continuing education at their agencies, we have created a simple overview of the process and direct links to resources.*

*Due to COVID-19 restrictions of in-person gatherings, CDPH has waived the live unit requirement for the current CE cycle.

Mosquito and vector control technicians working for government agencies in California must be certified by the California Department of Public Health. Explore this section for exam dates, study materials, and information on eligibly. Learn more »
CEU Webinars
Links to prerecorded webinars and video presentations approved for continuing education credit are available for viewing in this section. Learn more »
Continuing Education
Certified vector control technicians are required to obtain continuing education units during a two-year training cycle in the categories in which they are certified. More on requirements, attendance tracking, and how to get programs approved for credit can be found here. Learn more »
Regional Training Coordinators
A Regional Training Coordinator represents each MVCAC region. For specifics on regional training, members may contact their Regional Training Coordinator. Learn more »