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Pesticide Applicator Licensing in Florida

Pesticide Licensing and Training in Alachua County

In order to apply restricted use pesticides in the state of Florida, one must obtain and maintain a pesticide applicator’s license.  Regulation of these licenses is the responsibility of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).  However, classes are provided and exams are proctored through the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).  Exams can be scheduled at your local Extension office.  To schedule an exam in Alachua County contact either Dr. Kevin Korus or Dr. Tatiana Sanchez at the Extension Office (phone: 352-955-2402).

Click on the link below to help decide which pesticide applicator license you need, which study materials are required, exam and license costs, and what scores are required to pass each test.

CLICK HERE Pesticide Applicator Certification and Licensing in Florida

CLICK HERE FOR A DICHOTOMOUS KEY TO HELP UNDERSTAND WHICH LICENCE CATEGORY YOU NEED → Category Selection

Training

Preparatory classes are offered at the Alachua County Extension Office for certain pesticide license category types. See calendar below.  The goal of the training is to provide education on the safe and responsible use of pesticides, effects of pesticides on people and the environment and the worker protection standard. Each class reviews fundamental concepts on the pesticide exams but it is not a substitute for studying the pesticide applicator training manuals.

Table 1. Calendar of Scheduled Pesticide Classes at the Alachua County Extension Office: 2800 NE 39th Ave. Gainesville, FL  32609

Date

Class Instructor(s) CEUs Available CEU Category Types
2/27/2020 Natural Areas Weed Management Dr. Kevin Korus 4
  • General Standards Core – 482
  • General Standards Core – 487
  • Natural Areas Weed Management
3/16/2020 Private Applicator and Agricultural Row Crop Dr. Kevin Korus

Dr. Tatiana Sanchez

4
  • General Standards Core
  • Agricultural Row Crop
  • Private Applicator
3/19/2020 Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Dr. Tatiana Sanchez 4
  • General Standards Core
  • Ornamental and Turf
  • Limited Urban Fertilizer
  • Limited Landscape maintenance
  • Limited Lawn and Ornamental
  • Commercial Lawn and Ornamental
3/24/2020 Right of Way Dr. Kevin Korus 4
  • General Standards Core – 482
  • General Standards Core – 487
  • Right-of-Way Pest Control
4/2/2020 Green Industries Best Management Practices Dr. Tatiana Sanchez 4
  • General Standards Core
  • Private Applicator
  • Ornamental and Turf
  • Limited Urban Fertilizer
  • Limited Landscape maintenance
  • Limited Lawn and Ornamental
  • Commercial Lawn and Ornamental
6/25/2020 Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Dr. Tatiana Sanchez 4
  • General Standards Core
  • Ornamental and Turf
  • Limited Urban Fertilizer
  • Limited Landscape maintenance
  • Limited Lawn and Ornamental
  • Commercial Lawn and Ornamental
6/30/2020 Private Applicator and Agricultural Row Crop Dr. Kevin Korus

Dr. Tatiana Sanchez

4
  • General Standards Core
  • Agricultural Row Crop
  • Private Applicator
7/30/2020 Green Industries Best Management Practices Dr. Tatiana Sanchez 4
  • General Standards Core
  • Private Applicator
  • Ornamental and Turf
  • Limited Urban Fertilizer
  • Limited Landscape maintenance
  • Limited Lawn and Ornamental
  • Commercial Lawn and Ornamental
9/17/2020 Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Dr. Tatiana Sanchez 4
  • General Standards Core
  • Ornamental and Turf
  • Limited Urban Fertilizer
  • Limited Landscape maintenance
  • Limited Lawn and Ornamental
  • Commercial Lawn and Ornamental
10/22/2020 Green Industries Best Management Practices Dr. Tatiana Sanchez 4
  • General Standards Core
  • Private Applicator
  • Ornamental and Turf
  • Limited Urban Fertilizer
  • Limited Landscape maintenance
  • Limited Lawn and Ornamental
  • Commercial Lawn and Ornamental
11/3/2020 Private Applicator and Agricultural Row Crop Dr. Kevin Korus

Dr. Tatiana Sanchez

4
  • General Standards Core
  • Agricultural Row Crop
  • Private Applicator


Testing

In order to take a pesticide exam, a voucher number must first be obtained by clicking HERE.  After selecting the desired pesticide license category and supplying your information, a voucher number will be assigned to you.  This number must be shared with the exam administrator in order for the exam to be accessed.

Study Materials

Study manuals are available from the IFAS Bookstore in Gainesville, either by ordering online or by calling 1-800-226-1764. If you order with a credit card, you should receive the books within 4-5 business days.  Click HERE for a guide to the study materials needed to pass each exam.

Contact them at:

UF/IFAS Bookstore
University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
IFAS Extension Bookstore
1374 Sabal Palm Drive
P.O. Box 110011
Gainesville, FL 32611-0011

 

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