Florida Pesticide License:
Pest Control Operator

The Florida Pest Control Operator License, is available only to Commercial Contractors applying pesticides to their customers' properties. This certification is only available to those with documentation of 3 years experience working "under" someone with the same category of this certification. There are 4 different categories within this certification: General Household Pest (GHP), Lawn & Ornamental (L&O), Termite, and Fumigation.

The Florida Pest Control Operator Certification Exam requires a passing grade (75%). This certification must be renewed annually either by testing or with 2 CORE Continuing Education Units (CEUs) plus 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per category.  These exams are administered four times a year in Apopka, and by computer at a limited number of Extension offices.  See more about computer exams here. Also note an extensive application is required and must be submitted for approval well in advance of the actual exam date.







License Renewal


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Renewal Information

The Renewal period is annually. Renewal is due by June 1st of each year. After July 1st, there will be a $50.00 late fee. The license cannot be renewed after 180 days beyond June 1st. 4 total Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are needed for renewal:

  • 2 CEUs in each appropriate category

  • 2 CEUs in the CORE category.

Note: 1 CEU equals 50 minutes of classroom time.

This is a State of Florida certification issued by the Bureau of Licensing and Enforcement, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). If you need more information or have a problem, call the Bureau at 850-617-7997, 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday.

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