Agriculture Chemicals/Safety and Calibration
Advisory: PLTS 300 or HORT 300, PLTS 310 or HORT 302, PLTS 332 or HORT 303
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course covers the techniques of chemical pesticide application and the safe and effective use of pesticides essential for the production of food, fiber, and ornamental crops, as well as the laws, regulations, and safety requirements for individuals preparing to obtain a Qualified Applicator's Certificate (QAC) or Qualified Applicator's License (QAL) through the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Topics include applicator and field worker safety, pesticide type, formulation, and mode of action, pesticide use, application methods and chemical placement, equipment calibration, pesticide regulation, applicator licensing and certification, pest monitoring, and accepted standards for integrated pest management. Environmental concerns regarding pesticide residue, pesticide resistance, surface and groundwater contamination, and other exposures will be covered. Field trips may be required.