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ABOLISHED 01/08/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-05 - Registration Specialist (Agricultural Chemicals) (0113)

​ABOLISHED 01/08/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-05 - Registration Specialist (Agricultural Chemicals)

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: AG75
  • Class Code: 0113
  • Established: 07/07/1982
  • Revised: 01/23/1990
  • Title Changed: --


Under close supervision or direction, to perform technical work in registering pesticides, fertilizing materials, or similar materials intended for use in the State; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Reviews applications to determine accuracy of claims, clarity of labeling, composition, suitability of materials and effectiveness of products; reviews adequacy of warning, limitation, dosage, and antidote statement of proposed labels; prepares correspondence relating to labeling and other matters of registration; reviews current labels to determine if registered products meet current changes in the laws; interviews applicants, farmers, manufacturers, and dealers; prepares, organizes, and keeps records; consults with State and county personnel regarding registration matters; makes special studies or investigations as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


Six months of experience performing the duties of an Agricultural Services Technician II, Range B, in California state service.



Six months of experience performing various field studies or other assignments pertaining to pesticides and their use, such as environmental monitoring of pesticide residue, reviewing and analyzing pesticide labels, evaluation of registration data, or enforcement of laws and regulations governing the use of pesticides.



Experience: Six months of experience in the formulation, sale, sampling, or inspection of pesticides or commercial fertilizers. and


Education: Equivalent to nine semester or 12 quarter units of college courses in job-related subjects, such as chemistry, biology, microbiology, plant science, zoology, and entomology. (Applicants who are currently enrolled in the required courses may be admitted to the examination but must show evidence of completion before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)



Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with a job-related science major such as agriculture, chemistry, biology, microbiology, or plant science, including at least one course in organic chemistry. (Registration as a Senior in a recognized institution will admit applicants to the examination but they must produce evidence of graduation or its equivalent before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Provisions of the California Food and Agricultural Code and Administrative Code pertaining to pesticides, commercial fertilizers, and related agricultural chemicals; methods and procedures for allowing sale and transportation of pesticides; the characteristics and uses of pesticides and basic principles of chemistry pertaining to the description and nomenclature of pesticides and related agricultural chemicals.


Ability to: Detect inaccurate or unlawful labeling of pesticides; analyze situations arising in the pesticide registration process and take actions that are reasonable, logical, and legal; establish and maintain harmonious andcooperative relations with co-workers, registrants, industries affected by registration activities, and cooperating agencies; communicate clearly and effectively; prepare accurate reports, correspondence, and similar documents applicable to the pesticide registration process.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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