Plant Protection Certificate

Total Units Required: 46-48

Grading Requirement

All courses taken to fulfill program course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as credit/no credit grading only.

An overall grade point average of 2.5 is required for the entire program.

Course Requirements for the Certificate

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this certificate.

This certificate fulfills the eligibility requirements for taking the State of California Pest Control Advisor (PCA) exam. 

Course Title Units
CHEM 107General Chemistry for Applied Sciences4
or CHEM 111 General Chemistry I
Physical and Biological Sciences
AGRI 331Agricultural Ecology3
PSSC 101Introduction to Plant Science3
PSSC 250Introduction to Soil Science3
Factors Affecting Crop Health
Select three-four of the following:12-14
General Entomology
Plant Pathology
Economic Entomology
Introduction to Weed Science
Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Pest Management Systems and Methods
Select three of the following:9
Holistic Management
Plant Protection Materials, Methods, and Regulations
Soil Quality and Health
Principles of Integrated Pest Management
Production Systems
Select 12 units from the following:12
Greenhouse Management
Directed Work in Field and Row Crops
Directed Work in Vegetable Crops
Rangeland Resources and Management
Production of Annual Crops
Fruit and Nut Production
Total Units46-48