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Our QAC/QAL Test Preparation courses are intended to help you prepare to take the DPR Qualified Applicators Certificate/License (QAC/QAL) exam. We only cover QAC/QAL exam categories A, B, C, and D, as well as Laws & Regulations. PAPA does not offer Test Preparation courses for any other QAC/QAL letter categories or any other certification or license type.


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


Please do not register for a CE course and a Test Prep course 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 need Continuing Education to maintain an existing certificate/license, a CE Course is the correct choice. If you plan on taking the DPR QAC/QAL exam, the Test Prep alone will suffice.


For the best chance at success, we recommend allowing sufficient time (at least 4-6 weeks) between taking a Test Prep course and taking DPR’s exam in order to study all of the materials adequately. The likelihood of passing DPR's exams depends on a variety of factors, including the time and effort dedicated to learning the subject matter, thus PAPA cannot guarantee that a Test Prep attendee will pass the DPR exam.


We do not sell our Test Prep study guides separately. They are only provided to enrolled Test Prep attendees. If a Test Prep attendee needs a replacement study guide, one can be purchased for $50.00 + shipping. Contact info@papaseminars.com if you need a replacement study guide.


PAPA's Test Prep study guide is only available in English. The DPR exams for the categories we cover (Laws & Regs and A, B, C, and D) are also only available in English.


You do not need to be a PAPA member to register for our Test Prep courses. There is no member discount on Test Prep courses. Test Prep attendees receive a postcard that can be redeemed for a free year of PAPA membership once they pass the DPR exam.


DPR CE hours are not available at any upcoming PAPA Test Prep courses. 


Included in your Test Prep registration:

  • Morning coffee and lunch (not available for Test Prep webinars)
  • Hands-on education from PAPA’s Test Prep instructor 
  • PAPA's Test Prep study guide which includes study materials on the following categories: Laws and Regulations, Category A (Residential, Industrial, and Institutional), Category B (Landscape Maintenance), Category C (Right-of-Way), and Category D (Plant Agriculture)
  • 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)

Test Prep Webinar, no late fees: $200 per person

The Test Prep webinar price includes the shipping fee for your study guide, within the United States. People outside of the United States are welcome to register for our Test Prep webinars, but will be contacted for an additional shipping charge. Please email info@papaseminars.com if you are outside of the United States and have registered for one of our Test Prep webinars.

In-Person Test Prep Registration, early: $225 per person
In-Person Test Prep Registration, late: $260 per person

Below is the complete list of our upcoming Test Prep courses. We do not anticipate adding additional Test Preps to the 2024 schedule. 

Course Location Date Info. Add To Cart
2-Day Zoom Test Prep Webinar: Aug. 13-14, 2024 08/13/2024 Agenda | Directions Add To Cart
2-Day Zoom Test Prep Webinar: Sept. 11-12, 2024 09/11/2024 Agenda | Directions Add To Cart
1-Day Chico In-Person Test Prep: Oct. 17, 2024 10/17/2024 Agenda | Directions Add To Cart
1-Day Bakersfield In-Person Test Prep: Nov. 14, 2024 11/14/2024 Agenda | Directions Add To Cart
1-Day Stockton In-Person Test Prep: Dec. 3, 2024 12/03/2024 Agenda | Directions Add To Cart

PAPA is not liable for lost, stolen, or damaged property that may occur during any PAPA event.

Payment Options: You may pay online with a debit/credit card or eCheck. You must be signed in to your account before you can process a payment online. For card payments by phone, please call 831-442-3536. We no longer accept mailed checks or payments via email. We do not accept purchase orders or hold space in any courses without receiving payment. If ACH/EFT is your only payment option, PAPA will enroll. Please send all necessary enrollment documents to info@papaseminars.com

In-Person Test Prep Late Fee Schedule: Late registration begins 5 calendar days before the Test Prep for all registrations.

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

  • Until 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: $50 will be deducted from your original registration fee. The remaining funds can be applied toward a new registration. Please contact us within 60 days post-Test Prep.
  • 61+ days after the event: If you do not contact us within 60 days after the Test Prep, your registration fee will be forfeited completely.

How to register for the QAC/QAL exam: Information on signing up for a DPR exam can be found here. Click here for the QAC exam application and click here for the QAL exam application. More information is available on DPR's website, www.cdpr.ca.gov. If you have questions about the DPR exam you can contact DPR's Licensing Department at 916-445-4038 or licensemail@cdpr.ca.gov (DPR recommends email as the best method of contact).