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“Roundup®” License- Is it For You?

Landscape professionals and homeowners alike should be aware that the State of Florida requires a license in order to apply any pesticide (including herbicides such as Roundup®) as part of a landscape business.

The Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance license is a common license for businesses that mow lawns and maintain grounds around buildings for hire. Often the word pesticide invokes the idea of insecticides, however the U.S. EPA considers any product designed to control a pest (such as a weed) a pesticide and requires products to be tested and labeled.

Core Manual

Applying Pesticides Correctly is one of the study materials for a pesticide license. This book and others are available from the UF/IFAS Extension bookstore in Gainesville. http://ifasbooks.ifas.ufl.edu/

The Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance license falls under chapter 482 of the Florida Statutes, which pertains to structural applications of pesticides. Additional licenses available under this group include the pest control operator’s license, with its multiple categories, as well as a limited lawn and ornamental license, among others.

The Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance license allows for applications of products with the signal word “caution” in beds and shrubs around buildings. It is often referred to as the “Roundup® license” because weed control is the main issue that folks with this license are commonly using the license for.

To get this license, a person must attend a six hour class, fill out an application that includes a picture and proof of insurance, and pass an exam. There is a $150 exam fee and the license must be renewed every year.

A training program for this license is conducted in many counties around the state, depending on the demand. Hillsborough and Polk Counties teach the program together, offering it on approximately a quarterly basis between the two Counties.

See upcoming programs and detailed requirements on the following registration pages:
Polk: https://goo.gl/jfX6D6
Hillsborough: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/ufifas-extension-hillsborough-county-1770611121

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