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The following Test Prep courses have been cancelled. Formerly registered attendees have been emailed with information about the cancellation.

  • Sacramento Test Prep: August 20
  • Bakersfield Test Prep: October 21

For the full list of cancelled 2020 events, please check our COVID-19 FAQ. Please note: We are unable to guarantee that more Test Prep courses will not be cancelled.

PAPA's Test Preparation courses are not Department of Pesticide Regulation exams. Please see the bottom of this page for information on how to register for a DPR exam.


Please do not register for a Test Prep and a seminar that are both occurring on the same day. You will not be able to attend both, and likely only need to take one or the other. If you plan on taking the DPR QAC/QAL exam, the Test Prep alone will suffice. If you only need continuing education, a seminar is the more appropriate choice.


Our QAC/QAL Test Preparation courses are intended to help you prepare for taking the DPR Qualified Applicators Certificate/License (QAC/QAL) exam. PAPA does not offer Test Preparation courses for any other certification or license type, nor do we administer the actual exam. 


For the best chance at success, we recommend allowing sufficient time (at least two weeks) between taking the Test Prep course and taking DPR’s exam in order to study all of the materials adequately. The chances of passing depend greatly on the time and effort dedicated to learning the materials we provide, thus PAPA cannot guarantee that a Test Prep attendee will pass the DPR exam.


Included in your Test Prep registration:

  • Morning coffee and lunch
  • 7 hours of education from PAPA’s Test Prep instructor
  • Preparation course manual (includes study materials on the following categories): Laws and Regulations, Residential (Category A), Landscape (Category B), Right-of-Way (Category C), and Plant Ag (Category D)
  • Postcard valid for one free year of membership with PAPA, if you pass the DPR licensing exam (once you receive your certificate/license number, fill out the postcard and mail it back to us to receive your free membership)

Early registration: $225 per person
Late registration: $260 per person

Below is the complete list of our upcoming Test Prep courses.

Course Location Date Info. Add To Cart
Petaluma Test Prep: Nov. 19, 2020 11/19/2020 Agenda | Directions Add To Cart
Sacramento Test Prep: Dec. 3, 2020 12/03/2020 Agenda | Directions Add To Cart

Payment Options: You may pay online with a debit/credit card by adding a Test Prep course to your cart. You must be logged in to process a payment online. For email, mail-in, or check payments, please click here for the printable registration form. For phone payments, please call 831-442-3536. We do not accept purchase orders or hold spaces in a Test Prep course without receiving payment.

Late Fee Schedule: Mailed-in payments must be postmarked 8 calendar days or more in advance of the Test Prep in order to avoid late fees. Late registration begins 5 calendar days before the Test Prep for online, phone, or email registrations.

Refund and Transfer Policy: We do not offer refunds. If you would like to transfer your registration to a different Test Prep, please email register@papaseminars.com. The following timeline applies to cancellations/no-shows:

  • Before 4:00 p.m. the day prior to the event: Full registration can be transferred.
  • After 4:00 p.m. the day prior, through 60 days after the event: $30 will be deducted from your registration fee. The remaining funds can be transferred and you will need to repay the $30 to complete your transfer. Please contact us within 60 days post-Test Prep.
  • 61+ days after the event: If you do not contact us within 60 days of the Test Prep, your registration fee will be forfeited completely.


How to register for the QAC/QAL exam: DPR's exam schedule is available here. You will need to contact DPR's Licensing Department at 916-445-4038 or visit this page to obtain the application to take the exam. You must file your application with DPR 30 days prior to the testing date. More information is available on DPR's website, www.cdpr.ca.gov.