Which Pesticide License Do You Need?

By Dave Palmer - Extension Agent I
 - Hillsborough County Extension Service.

The following will help you figure out:

  • Which pesticide license you need.
  • Which test is required.
  • What manuals you'll need to study.
  • What passing grade is required.
  • Any limitations on the certification.
  • The renewal requirements of your license.

The laws can be somewhat complex and vague at times. This document cannot answer all questions. If in doubt, consult the Pesticide Applicator Certification and Licensing in Florida [327KB pdf] published by Florida Division of Agricultural Environmental Services (AES) of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).  For clarification, contact the Bureau of Licensing and Enforcementat (850) 617-7997.

Pesticide Certification Decision Questions

The following questions and answers are intended to help potential applicators determine specifically which certification they require.

1. Do you work for a public agency?

Yes Go to Question #3
No Go to Question #2

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2. What type of property are you spraying? Private or commercial?

Private property owned by you or your employer (does NOT include contractors for-hire). Go to Question #5
Private property owned by a person or business other than yourself or your employer (includes contractors for-hire and wood treatment). Go to Question #4
Public property owned by the public and administered by a Local, State or Federal Agency. Go to Question #4

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3. What type of public site are you treating?

Agriculture Go to Question #7
Aquatic (herbicides only) Go to Answer A
Forest Go to Answer B
Marine paint for boats & other structures Go to Answer C
Mosquito Control Go to Answer D
Natural Area Go to Answer EE
Right-Of-Way Go to Answer E
Structural or Interior pest control Go to Answer F
Turf & Landscape around or near public buildings Go to Answer G
Turf & landscape at golf courses, parks & cemeteries ONLY Go to Answer H
Wood treatment Go to Answer CC

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4. What type of commercial site are you treating?

Aquatic (herbicides only) Go to Answer I
Agricultural (farm, ranch, grove, etc) Go to Question #6
Forest Go to Answer J
Marine paint for boats & other structures Go to Answer K
Natural Area Go to Answer DD
Right-Of-Way Go to Answer L
Structural or interior pest control Go to Answer M
Landscape shrubs/ beds only (no turf) Go to Answer N
Turf & landscape Go to Answer O
Wood treatment Go to Answer W

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5. What type of private site are you treating?

Structural or Interior pest control Go to Answer F
Turf & Landscape pest control Go to Answer G
Other privately owned or rented (by the client or client's employer) property - i.e. farm, ranch, grove, nursery, etc. Go to Answer P

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6. What type of site are you treating?

Agriculture Animals Go to Answer Q
Agriculture Row Crop Go to Answer R
Agriculture Tree Crop Go to Answer S
Raw Agricultural Commodity Fumigation Go to Answer T
Soil & Greenhouse Fumigation Go to Answer V

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7. What type of public agriculture site are you treating?

Agriculture Animals Go to Answer X
Agriculture Row Crop Go to Answer Y
Agriculture Tree Crop Go to Answer Z
Raw Agricultural Commodity Fumigation Go to Answer AA
Soil & Greenhouse Fumigation Go to Answer BB

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Pesticide Certification Decision Answers


Answer A

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Public Certification in the Aquatic Category (view complete details).

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Answer B

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Public Certification in the Forest Category (view complete details).

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Answer C

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Public Certification in the Organotin Antifouling Paint Category.

This certification requires a passing grade (70%) on the Organotin Antifouling Paint Exam. You do not need to take the General Standards (CORE) Exam. This certification must be renewed every 4 years either by testing or with 4 CEUs. As of January 13, 2010 the license fee is $100 for 4 years, both initially and for each renewal. There is no fee for this examination.

The manual you need to study is:

Please make note of this information. Contact the County Extension Office in your county to determine the dates and times of pesticide testing.

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Answer D

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Public Certification in the Public Health Category (view complete details).

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Answer E

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Public Certification in the Right-Of-Way Category (view complete details).

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Answer F

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Limited Structural Certification (view complete details).

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Answer G

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Limited Lawn & Ornamental Certification (view complete details).

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Answer H

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Public Certification in the Ornamental & Turf Category (view complete details).

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Answer I

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Commercial Certification in the Aquatic Category (view complete details).

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Answer J

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Commercial Certification in the Forest Category (view complete details).

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Answer K

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Commercial Certification in the Organotin Antifouling Paint Category.

This certification requires a passing grade (70%) on the Organotin Antifouling Paint Exam. You do not need to take the General Standards (CORE) Exam. This certification must be renewed every 4 years either by testing or with 4 CEUs. As of January 13, 2010 the license fee is $250 for 4 years, both initially and for each renewal. There is no fee for this examination.

The manual you need to study is:

Please make note of this information. Contact the County Extension Office in your county to determine the dates and times of pesticide testing.

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Answer L

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Commercial Certification in the Right-Of-Way (view complete details).

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Answer M

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Pest Control Operator Certification in the General Household Category (view complete details).

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Answer N

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Certification (view complete details).

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Answer O

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Pest Control Operator Certification in the Lawn & Ornamental Category (view complete details).

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Answer P

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Private Certification in the Private ApplicatorCategory (view complete details).

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Answer Q

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Commercial Certification in the Agriculture Animals Category (view complete details).

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Answer R

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Commercial Certification in the Agriculture Row Crop Category (view complete details).

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Answer S

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Commercial Certification in the Agriculture Tree Crop Category (view complete details).

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Answer T

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Commercial Certification in the Raw Agricultural Commodity Fumigation Category

This certification requires a passing grade (70%) on the Raw Agricultural Commodity Fumigation Exam and a passing grade (70%) on the General Standards (CORE) Exam. This certification must be renewed every 4 years either by testing or with 4 CEUs. As of January 13, 2010 the license fee is $250 for 4 years, both initially and for each renewal. There is no fee for this examination.

The manuals you need to study are:

Please make note of this information. Contact the County Extension Office in your county to determine the dates and times of pesticide testing.

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Answer V

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Commercial Certification in the Soil & Greenhouse Fumigation Category (view complete details).

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Answer W

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Commercial Certification in the Wood Treatment Category.

This certification requires a passing grade (70%) on the Wood Treatment Exam and a passing grade (70%) on the GeneralStandards (CORE) Exam. This certification  must be renewed every 4 years either by testing or with 4 CEUs.  As of January 13, 2010 the license fee is $250 for 4 years, both initially and for each renewal. There is no fee for this examination.

The manuals you need to study are:

Please make note of this information. Contact the County Extension Office in your county to determine the dates and times of pesticide testing.

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Answer X

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Public Certification in the Agriculture Animals Category (view complete details).

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Answer Y

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Public Certification in the Agriculture Row Crop Category (view complete details).

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Answer Z

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Public Certification in the Agriculture Tree Crop Category (view complete details).

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Answer AA

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Commercial Certification in the Raw Agricultural Commodity Fumigation Category

This certification requires a passing grade (70%) on the Raw Agricultural Commodity Fumigation Exam and a passing grade (70%) on the General Standards (CORE) Exam. This certification must be renewed every 4 years either by testing or with 4 CEUs.  As of January 13, 2010 the license fee is $250 for 4 years, both initially and for each renewal. There is no fee for this examination.

The manuals you need to study are:

Please make note of this information. Contact the County Extension Office in your county to determine the dates and times of pesticide testing.

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Answer BB

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Public Certification in the Soil & Greenhouse Fumigation Category (view complete details).

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Answer CC

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Commercial Certification in the Wood Treatment Category.

This certification requires a passing grade (70%) on the Wood Treatment Exam and a passing grade (70%) on the General Standards (CORE) Exam. This certification must be renewed every 4 years either by testing or with 4 CEUs.  As of January 13, 2010 the license fee is $250 for 4 years, both initially and for each renewal.  There is no fee for this examination.

The manuals you need to study are:

Please make note of this information. Contact the County Extension Office in your county to determine the dates and times of pesticide testing.

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Answer DD

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Commercial Certification in the Natural Areas (view complete details).

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Answer EE

The type of pesticide application that you have indicated requires a Public Certification in the Natural Areas Category (view complete details).


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