Florida Pesticide License: Aquatic

The Florida Aquatic Pesticide License is available either as a Public certification, for those applicators that apply herbicides to bodies of water and that work for federal, state, county or municipal public agencies, or as a Commercial certification for contractors for aquatic pesticide work.

The Florida Aquatic Pesticide Certification Exam requires a passing grade (70%), and a passing grade (70%) on the General Standards (CORE) Exam. Please see Core Exam FAQ. This certification must be renewed every 4 years either by testing or with 20 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Contact the County Extension Office in your county to determine the dates and times of pesticide testing.

A helpful resource is the UF/IFAS publication Licensing of Aquatic Herbicide Applicators in Florida


Testing: Free

License Application: $100 for Public category,  $250 for Commercial category

License Renewal: $100 for Public category,  $250 for Commercial category


The Renewal period is every 4 years. 20 total Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are needed for renewal:

  • 16 CEUs in the Aquatic category

  • 4 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 Entomology & Pest Control (BEPC), 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 850-921-4177, 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday.

Study Materials

These study manuals are available from the IFAS Bookstore in Gainesville, either by ordering online or by calling 1-800-226-1764. Credit card orders should arrive in 4-5 days.

These materials are also available on a walk-in basis at the Hillsborough County Extension Office. Call ahead to be sure of availability.

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