Welcome to the Structural Pest Control Board

HOW DO I ...

Become an Applicator?

  • Fill out and submit via mail the Examination/License Application. There is a fee of $10 payable to the SPCB.
  • The Board recommends that you complete the Live Scan/Fingerprint process before you sit for the exam. The Board must receive your Live Scan results before issuing your license. Live Scan results can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months or more.
  • The Board will process your application and mail out a letter which will let you sit for the examination at your county agricultural commissioner's office. Contact the office by finding the number in the front of your phone book. We do not set the exam schedule for the Applicator examination. There is an examination fee of $15 which will be collected at the county agricultural commissioner's offices.
  • Contact information for California's County Agricultural Commissioners Offices
  • Suggested Study Material and Scope of the Examination
  • The letter that the Board mails out will allow you to take the test up to 10 times. If the front and back are filled with results, contact the Board to mail another letter out to you.
  • Passing results will be sent to the Board. The results will get matched up with your application and Live Scan results and a license will be issued. If you did not list an employer on your Exam/License application, your license will be issued with an INACTIVE status. You must notify the Board when you begin working for a company using the Transfer of Employment form.
  • You can check to see if you have been licensed by using our License Lookup. Simply search using your name. Once a license number has been issued, you can start working. A pocket and wall license is mailed to you and should arrive in 10 to 15 working days.
  • The Board may request additional information about your Live Scan results before a license is issued.
  • If your application for license was denied you are entitled to a hearing on the matter under Chapter 5 (commencing with § 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code. You will receive a denial notification with specific instructions for requesting a hearing. The instructions will direct you to submit a written request within 60 days of service of the denial notification to:

    Structural Pest Control Board
    2005 Evergreen Street, Ste. 1500
    Sacramento, CA 95815

    If the Board does not receive a written request for a hearing within the 60-day period, the right to a hearing will be deemed waived and the denial of your application affirmed.