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Pest Control Adviser Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 42
Term Effective: Fall 2019

Description:

The Pest Control Adviser (PCA) Certificate of Achievement prepares students to be licensed professional production consultants who serve California agriculture, natural resource and horticulture producers. PCAs specialize in pest and disease management. In addition they are an important resource to growers in matters related to general plant health. This certificate satisfies the core-course requirements specified for “Option 3.b” in preparing for and qualifying to take the PCAs exam(s) with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR).

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Qualify to take the PCA licensing exams from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, including Laws and Regulations, and the specific license categories of A) insect, mites, and other invertebrates B) plant pathogens C) nematodes D) vertebrate pests E) weeds F) defoliation and G) plant growth regulators.
  2. Explain and apply basic principles of soils, cation exchange capacity, entomology, epidemiology, and botany to agricultural practices and pesticide modes of action.
  3. Correctly identify the causal agents for pest infestations and disease infections in agricultural settings, and suggest effective control strategies that include biological control, cultural control, mechanical control and chemical control methods, in this order.
  4. Read and interpret any pesticide label, and recommend legal, safe and appropriate application of that chemical.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Pest Control Adviser Certificate program are:

  • Complete 42 units from
    • Pest Control Adviser Requirements

Pest Control Adviser Requirements - complete 42.00 units
CourseDescriptionUnits
Complete any combination totaling at least 12.00 units from the following:
Physical & Biological Sciences
AGRI 10 Introduction to Agricultural Sciences3.00
BIO 2.1 Fundamentals of Biology (Cell and Molecular)5.00
BIO 2.3 Fundamentals of Biology (Botany and Ecology)5.00
BIO 10 Introduction to Principles of Biology4.00
BIO 12 Basic Concepts of Ecology3.00
BOTANY 10 Plant Biology4.00
BOTANY 60 Field Botany4.00
CHEM 1A General Chemistry5.00
CHEM 1B General Chemistry5.00
CHEM 8 Introductory Organic Chemistry5.00
CHEM 12A Organic Chemistry5.00
CHEM 12B Organic Chemistry5.00
CHEM 42 Introductory General Chemistry4.00
ENVS 12 Introduction to Environmental Science3.00
EQSCI 52 Equine Health3.00
MICRO 5 General Microbiology5.00
MICRO 60 Fundamentals of Microbiology4.00
NRM 12 Introduction to Environmental Conservation3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 9.00 units from the following:
Crop Health
AGRI 20 Introduction to Plant Science3.00
AGRI 60 Soil & Plant Nutrition3.00
HORT 144 Landscape Irrigation3.00
SUSAG 64 Warm Season Vegetable Production2.00
SUSAG 65 Cool Season Vegetable Production2.00
SUSAG 103 Composting for Commercial Organic Farming and Gardening1.00
VIT 124 Vineyard Irrigation and Fertilization1.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
Pest Management Systems & Methods
AGRI 70 Integrated Pest Management3.00
SUSAG 50 Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture3.00
VIT 70 Vineyard Pest and Disease Management3.00
VIT 132 Advances in Vineyard Integrated Pest and Disease Management0.50
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
Production Systems
ANSCI 20 Basic Animal Science3.00
ANSCI 27 Beef Cattle Science3.00
ANSCI 29 Dairy Cattle Industry/Dairy Cattle Science3.00
ANSCI 61 Livestock Feeding and Nutrition3.00
ANSCI 91 Rangeland Management3.00
ANSCI 153 Sustainable Agriculture Production Systems with Animals3.00
ANSCI 171 Livestock Behavior and Humane Management1.00
EQSCI 25 Equine Science3.00
EQSCI 51 Equine Nutrition1.00
HORT 8 Landscape Plants: Summer/Fall3.00
HORT 12 Landscape Plants: Winter/Spring3.00
HORT 70 Plant Propagation3.00
HORT 71 Nursery Production3.00
HORT 72 Greenhouse Production3.00
HORT 80 Landscape Maintenance3.00
NRM 70 Forest Management and Assessment4.00
SUSAG 109 Organic Crop Planning and Production4.00
SUSAG 116 Organic Apple Production1.00
SUSAG 117 Organic Fruit Tree and Berry Production1.50
SUSAG 118 Olive Oil Production, Processing & Sensory Evaluation1.00
SUSAG 119 Specialty Crop Production2.00
VIT 51 Viticulture: Fall Practices3.00
VIT 52 Viticulture: Spring Practices3.00
VIT 53 Advanced Vineyard Practices for Quality Production3.00
VIT 54 Viticulture: Summer Practices1.00
VIT 55 Basic Wine Grape Viticulture3.00
VIT 60 Vineyard Management3.00
VIT 113 Organic Viticulture1.50
VIT 114 Sustainable Viticulture1.50
VIT 122 Vineyard Canopy Management1.00
VIT 123 Spring Budding & Grafting0.50
VIT 130 Grapevine Physiology1.00
VIT 132 Advances in Vineyard Integrated Pest and Disease Management0.50
VIT 133 Advances in Viticulture1.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 9.00 units from the following:
Pest Control Adviser Electives
AGRI 20 Introduction to Plant Science3.00
AGRI 60 Soil & Plant Nutrition3.00
AGRI 70 Integrated Pest Management3.00
ANSCI 20 Basic Animal Science3.00
ANSCI 27 Beef Cattle Science3.00
ANSCI 29 Dairy Cattle Industry/Dairy Cattle Science3.00
ANSCI 61 Livestock Feeding and Nutrition3.00
ANSCI 91 Rangeland Management3.00
ANSCI 153 Sustainable Agriculture Production Systems with Animals3.00
ANSCI 171 Livestock Behavior and Humane Management1.00
EQSCI 25 Equine Science3.00
EQSCI 51 Equine Nutrition1.00
HORT 8 Landscape Plants: Summer/Fall3.00
HORT 12 Landscape Plants: Winter/Spring3.00
HORT 50.1 Introduction to Horticultural Science1.50
HORT 70 Plant Propagation3.00
HORT 71 Nursery Production3.00
HORT 72 Greenhouse Production3.00
HORT 80 Landscape Maintenance3.00
HORT 144 Landscape Irrigation3.00
SUSAG 50 Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture3.00
SUSAG 109 Organic Crop Planning and Production4.00
SUSAG 116 Organic Apple Production1.00
SUSAG 117 Organic Fruit Tree and Berry Production1.50
SUSAG 118 Olive Oil Production, Processing & Sensory Evaluation1.00
SUSAG 119 Specialty Crop Production2.00
VIT 51 Viticulture: Fall Practices3.00
VIT 52 Viticulture: Spring Practices3.00
VIT 53 Advanced Vineyard Practices for Quality Production3.00
VIT 54 Viticulture: Summer Practices1.00
VIT 55 Basic Wine Grape Viticulture3.00
VIT 60 Vineyard Management3.00
VIT 70 Vineyard Pest and Disease Management3.00
VIT 113 Organic Viticulture1.50
VIT 114 Sustainable Viticulture1.50
VIT 122 Vineyard Canopy Management1.00
VIT 123 Spring Budding & Grafting0.50
VIT 130 Grapevine Physiology1.00
VIT 132 Advances in Vineyard Integrated Pest and Disease Management0.50
VIT 133 Advances in Viticulture1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2019

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Previous Versions:

Pest Control Adviser - effective Fall 2018
Pest Control Adviser - effective Fall 2016

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.

Notes:

Elective units may not be double-counted towards requirements

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