Florida Pesticide License:
Ornamental & Turf

The Florida Ornamental & Turf Pesticide License, also known as the "O&T License", is available either as a Public certification, for those applicators that apply herbicides to golf courses, parks and cemeteries and that work for federal, state, county or municipal public agencies, or as a Commercial certification for contractors to apply pesticides in those same areas.

The Florida Ornamental & Turf 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 16 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

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

Helpful resources are the UF/IFAS publications: Licensing of Lawn and Ornamental Pesticide Applicators in Florida
Posting of Lawn and Ornamental Pesticide Applications

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. 16 total Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are needed for renewal:

  • 12 CEUs in the Ornamental & Turf 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 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.

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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.

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