In addition to changing the course title issue, other changes were made to the PCA rules ranging from college course issues to licensing requirements without a college degree.

First, the hours requirement for a license was reduced from 45 hours to 42 hours to track with California’s PCA program.

Second, an applicant with a Bachelor of Science degree no longer needs the degree in a specific subject matter to earn a PCA license.

Third, a separate PCA track was created for those with Master’s or PhD degrees.

Fourth, those without a degree can become a licensed PCA if certain coursework is completed and the applicant has sufficient work experience. Under the former rule, a person was prohibited to get a PCA license without a degree.  

Fifth, the minimum number of credits from each individual core area is reduced. Certain non-traditional courses, work experience, and crop advisor certificates can count toward the 42-hour requirement.

The proposed changes went through the rule making process, including the governor’s regulatory review panel which approved the changes.

Hancock said, “All parties involved realized that we needed to adopt these changes to create sustainability within our industry and within our profession. The old rule package was preventing this from occurring.”

Hancock is a Yuma-based sales representative for Yara North America.