Florida Pesticide License: Public Health
This license is also known as the mosquito control license and is required for Mosquito and Biting Fly Control pesticide applicators.
The Florida Public Health Pesticide License, also known as the "Mosquito Control License" is required for Mosquito and Biting Fly Control pesticide applicators.
The Florida Public Health 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.
A helpful resource is the UF/IFAS publication Licensing of Public Health Pest Control Applicators in Florida
The Renewal period is every 4 years. 16 total Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are needed for renewal:
- 16 CEUs in the Public Health 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.
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.
- Applying Pesticides Correctly: A Guide for Pesticide Applicators (CORE) (SM-1). Also called the "CORE Manual".
- Public Health Pesticide Applicator Training manual (SP-318)
Florida Pesticide Testing Information
Both of the required exams may be taken at your local county extension service office or the Bureau's Headquarters in Tallahassee, at any of the twelve regional entomologist / inspectors located throughout the State, and at certification workshops that are held regionally during the Spring.
Contact the County Extension Office in your county to determine if they offer Exam Prep Classes for this license.
- Bureau of Compliance Monitoring (BCM)
- Bureau of Entomology & Pest Control (BEPC)
- Florida Administrative Code, Chapter 5E-14: Entomology - Pest Control Regulations
- Licensing and Certification - Bureau of Entomology & Pest Control (BEPC)
- Limited Certification Application Instructions for Commercial Landscape Maintenance (216KB pdf)
- Pesticide Applicator Licenses - Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (FDACS)
- Pesticide Certification & Licensing - Bureau of Compliance Monitoring (BCM)
- Study Guides, Materials and Manuals