Florida Pesticide License: Natural Areas

The Florida Natural Areas Pesticide License is available either as a Public certification, for those applicators that apply pesticides to dry natural areas and that work for federal, state, county or municipal public agencies, or as a Commercial certification for contractors.

The Florida Natural Areas 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.

Helpful resources are UF/IFAS publications: Licensing of Natural Areas Pesticide Applicators in Florida
Study questions for the Certified Pesticide Applicator Exam: Natural Areas Weed Management

Costs

Test

Free

License

$100 for Public category
$250 for Commercial category

License Renewal

$100 for Public category
$250 for Commercial category

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Renewal Information

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

  • 16 CEUs in the Natural Areas category

    plus
  • 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 Compliance Monitoring (BCM), 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 850-488-8731, or by fax at 850-488-8498, 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday.

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Study Manual Information

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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