Since the rules were adopted, interns at Fertizona and Crop Production Services are now excitedly working toward a PCA license.

“They (students) say it’s easier now,” Hancock explained. “It’s an attainable goal now compared to the last two years when they wondered if they could ever earn a PCA license.”

Shuler says new PCAs offer the industry fresh and innovative ideas and concepts.

“We need new, fresh faces to keep the PCA profession moving, relevant, and active,” the AzPCA lobbyist explained.

Shuler patted Currie on the back for helping bring this issue to the industry forefront.

In the end, Currie says, “We made the course requirements more flexible while maintaining the structural, science, and the math to ensure the integrity of the PCA license.”

The groups did not want to make the process too easy where un-educated, un-qualified individuals might become PCAs.

Currie concluded, “I think we achieved our goal to open the doors to qualified people to enter the PCA business while keeping the PCA profession a vital part of agriculture’s future.”