GPCA Bug Bytes
By Connie Rogers
June 12, 2020
In this issue: Technician Waiver Period Ends
Technician Waiver Period Ends

On March 25, 2020, Commissioner Gary Black and the Georgia Structural Pest Control Commission issued guidance for temporary technician registrations. This guidance allowed GDA to issue a temporary employee (technician) registration while the Georgia pest examination centers were closed during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Guidance included the following Temporary Technician Registrations:

  • The pre-examination training requirements must be met, and the SPCC Pre-Examination Training Form must be completed and submitted to pest@agr.georgia.gov Notice 18-01:  Pre-Examination Training Form.
  • The Designated Certified Operator (DCO) must complete the online application for a new employee registration and pay the required fee Application for Employee Registration. If examination is not available, the DCO should select "COVID-19 Examination Waiver" on the application. Please note that only online applications will be accepted for temporary employee registrations.
  • Technicians holding a Temporary Employee Registration must take and pass the state employee registration examination by September 30, 2020.

The original guidance was to remain in effect until further notice. At the June 9 th Structural Pest Control Commission meeting, the Commission voted that the temporary technician waiver period will end on June 30, 2020 and no additional waivers will be issued after this date. This will not impact any person granted the Covid-19 Temporary Waiver.  All technicians that were issued a testing waiver must take the registered technician exam by September 30, 2020. Currently there are 14 testing sites open in Georgia and we encourage all waivered technicians to sign up for the exam at their earliest convenience. 

The testing sites that are open as of June 4, 2020, are:

Central Georgia Technical College - Open
Chattahoochee Technical College - Marietta Campus - Open
Chattahoochee Technical College - North Metro Campus - Open
Coastal Pines - Golden Isles Campus - Open (limited to about 8 per day)
Coastal Pines Technical College - Waycross Campus - Open (limited to about 8 per day)
Coastal Pines Technical College - Jesup Campus - Open (limited to about 8 per day)
Columbus Technical College - Open (very limited, three days the month of June- 23rd, 24th, 30th)
South Georgia Technical College - Open (typically Thursday and Friday morning)
Southern Regional Technical College - Open
Southern Regional Technical College- Bainbridge - Open
Southern Regional Technical College- Moultrie Campus - Open
Southern Regional Technical College- Tifton Campus - Open
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College - Open
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College - Coffee Hall - Open