PCA Training At UC Davis
February 24, 2016
UC Davis Offers Pathway to PCA Training
By Laurie Greene, Editor
Frank Zalom, distinguished professor of entomology, agricultural experiment station entomologist, and extension specialist at UC Davis, teaches a class for students that forms a pathway to becoming a Pest Control Advisor (PCA). “It is the only class that a lot of them had ever taken in entomology," said Zalom, "so we try to structure it to give them a good, solid background in entomology. Then we lead them through all the different pest management options. We even bring in someone from the California Association of Pest Control Advisors (CAPCA) Pathway to PCA program for the very last lecture.”
Zalom, whose research interests include integrated pest management (IPM), tree crops, small fruits and vegetable crop entomology, wants to provide a valuable education to his students. “Most of the kids taking my classes are interested in taking the PCA exams and there is a huge opportunity for those students out in the future.”
“We teach them about integrated pest management (IPM) and the pests," Zalom noted. "Then we show them some of the many career opportunities for PCAs,” he said, adding. "There will always be a big need for professional PCAs to help protect our crops from pests and diseases. They assist growers all over the state."