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Online Florida Pesticide Applicator Exam Prep Course

Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Exam Prep Program

12 Hour Exam Prep | Online HD Video
This course is intended as a study guide for preparing to take the Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Exam administered by your state, tribe, territory, or federal department/agency. Passing the core exam is essential to becoming a certified applicator. This certification course benefits both you and the general public. By learning how to handle pesticides correctly, you will be able to protect yourself, others, and the environment from pesticide misuse.
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Online Florida Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Courses

Vertebrate Structural Pest Control and ID | Florida Approval #24267

3.5 Hours | Approved for 3.5 Credits:  Click here for course categories
This course focuses on the fundamentals of wildlife damage inspection including indentification based on habitat, routes of entry, scat and tracks.  It will help you understand the unique biological and legal risks that are involved with the inspection process in Florida as well as the proper equipment and PPE that should be used.
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Right of Way: Pest Control | Florida Approval #24218

3.5 Hours | Approved for 3.5 Credits:  Click here for course categories 
This course will help applicators in Florida understand the five main groups of pests, identifying those pests , and help applicators decide on management strategies.  It will also cover the main causes of plant disease, plant life cycles, and the developmental stages through which plants progress.
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Right of Way: Weed Control | Florida Approval #24219

3 Hours | Approved for 3 Credits:  Click here for course categories
This course will review the methods and techniques to manage vegetation on rights of way and non-cropland industrial sites safely without damage to non-target species, sites, objects or the environment in Florida.
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Management Strategies for Disease Issues in the Landscape | Florida Approval #24265

3 Hours | Approved for 3 Credits:  Click here for course categories
This course teaches the basics of disease management for landscape plantings, cost minimizing strategies, and tools and techniques needed to successfully control disease in the highly competitive world of landscaping in Florida.
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Turfgrass: Keys to Identification and Management | Florida Approval #24266

2.5 Hours | Approved for 2.5 Credits:  Click here for course categories
This course teaches the basics of pest and disease management for various turf grasses, the multiple steps involved, and the different tools and techniques to successfully control the environment in Florida.
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Disease Management in Enclosed Spaces | Florida Approval #24263

2.5 Hours | Approved for 2.5 Credits:  Click here for course categories
This course teaches the basics of pest and disease management in enclosed spaces where exposure is increased, and the different tools and techniques needed to successfully control the environment in Florida.  
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Integrated Pest and Resistance Management | Florida Approval #24215

1.5 Hours | Approved for 1.5 Credits:  Click here for course categories
This course covers a range of topics important to pesticide resistance management in Florida including Integrated Pest managaement (IPM), correct sampling techniques for plant pathogens, proper insect identificaiton, and pesticide application equipment calibration.  
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Pest Identification: Corn, Soybean and Grain Sorghum | Florida Approval #24231

1.5 Hours | Approved for 1.5 Credits:  Click here for course categories
This course discusses pest identification and management strategies for corn, soybean and grain sorghum.  Each species is identified according to various stages of maturity, the signs and symptoms exhibited, and the type of biological, cultural or chemical control recommended for each.
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Pest Identification: Rice and Cotton | Florida Approval #24217

1.5 Hours | Approved for 1.5 Credits:  Click here for course categories
This course discusses proper insect and plant pathogen sampling techniques as well as pest identification for Rice and Cotton.  Each pest and pathogen are identified according to various stages of maturity, the signs and symptoms exhibited, and the type of biological, cultural or chemical control recommended for each.
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Aquatic Weed Control | Florida Approval #24213

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  Click here for course categories 
Managing aquatic weeds in Florida revolves around proper plant identificaiton.  Tailoring management strategies to address specific aquatic plant life is only possible through accurate identification.  This course teaches the basics of aquatic weed identification, and the different approaches to aquatic plant management.
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Balancing Pest Management and Pollinator Health | Florida Approval #24214

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  Click here for course categories
This course covers the importance of honey bees, details honey bee decline statistics, and outlines the strategies that can be implemented in Florida to coordinate the effors of farmers, beekeepers, and applicators to find the balance between managing pest and protecting pollinators. 
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Pollinator Stewardship | Florida Approval #24230

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  Click here for course categories
This course provides an outline of the primary concerns of the bee-keeping industry including colony collapse disorder (CCD), factors effecting honey bee decline, invasive insects, fungal disease, best practices for pollinator stewardship, and minimizing pesticide risks for pollinators in Florida.
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Zika and Other Mosquito-Borne Diseases | Florida Approval #24220

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  Click here for course categories
This course covers a range of mosquito-borne diseases with an emphasis on the Zika Virus.  Zika's extent, side effects, testing and diagnostics are detailed along with protection and reduction techniques of mosquitoes to minimize the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases in Florida.
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Federal Pesticide Laws | Florida Approval #24353

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  487 & 482 General Standards/Core 
Pesticides are regulated to utilize their benefits while protecting public health and welfare, and preventing harm to the environment in Florida. This course addresses the Federal pesticide laws that control the labeling, sale and distribution, storage, transportation, use and disposal in the best public interest. 
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Personal Protective Equipment and Emergency Response | Florida Approval #24359

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  487 & 482 General Standards/Core  
Wearing PPE can reduce exposure (dermal, inhalation, ocular, or oral) and thereby lower the chances of pesticide injury, illness, or poisoning. It is important that all pesticide applicators and handlers in Florida understand the protections and limitations of PPE.
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Pest Management | Florida Approval #24357

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  487 & 482 General Standards/Core 
This course addresses the Federal pesticide laws that control the labeling, sale and distribution, storage, transportation, use and disposal of Pesticides while protecting public health and welfare, and preventing harm to the environment in Florida.
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Pesticide Application Procedures | Florida Approval #24351

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  487 & 482 General Standards/Core 
Pesticides may be applied in Florida as sprays, dusts, granules, gases (vapors), fogs, baits, rubs, or dips and require the correct equipment for the pesticide as well as the job size and type. In addition, you must properly select, operate, calibrate, and maintain your equipment.
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Pesticide Formulations | Florida Approval #24354

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  487 & 482 General Standards/Core 
Pesticides are formulated to make them safer or easier to use. There are many formulations available for various pest control sites and situations in Florida, and it is important that applicators choose the best one for the job.
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Pesticide Labeling | Florida Approval #24356

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  487 & 482 General Standards/Core 
The pesticide label is the main method of communication between a pesticide manufacturer and pesticide users.  By law, pesticide users in Florida are required to comply with all instructions and use directions found on the pesticide product label.
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Pesticides in the Environment | Florida Approval #24352

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  487 & 482 General Standards/Core 
Applicators and the public share concerns about how pesticides may harm the environment in Florida. Initially, hazards to humans were the primary reason the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided to classify a pesticide as a restricted-use product.
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Planning the Pesticide Application | Florida Approval #24358

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  487 & 482 General Standards/Core 
Before beginning a pesticide application in Florida, you should know how to select the right pesticide for the job, review the label, test for pesticide compatibility before mixing, select personal protective equipment, transfer pesticides safely, and clean up after an application.
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Transportation, Storage, Security and Professional Conduct | Florida Approval #24360

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  487 & 482 General Standards/Core 
This course discusses safety and security issues that may arise when pesticides are moved or stored in Florida, under what conditions uncertified people can make applications of restricted use products and how to communicate these issues with customers.
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Pesticide Hazards and First Aid | Florida Approval #24355

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  487 & 482 General Standards/Core 
Pesticides are designed to be toxic so they can control pests (e.g., plants, insects, rodents, fungi, and bacteria) while not harming non-target organisms and anyone else exposed to the product.  Pesticide users in Florida need to be concerned with the hazards associated with exposure to the chemical and not just the toxicity of the pesticide.
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State Requirements

INITIAL LICENSING

How do I get my Florida pesticide applicators license?
Step 1 - Determine which type of applicators license best suits your needs. Click here for a chart of certification and license requirements.
Step 2 - Review the recommended study materials for your license. Click here for information on our Exam Prep Course!
Step 3 - Pass the required exams for your license.

Step 4 - Submit your application and licensing fee. ($100 for Public or Private Applicators, $250 for Commercial Applicators)

RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS

Renewal Cycle: 4 years

Renewal Deadline: End of the month four years from issue date.

How do I renew my Florida pesticide applicator license?

The Florida Department of Agriculture will send you a renewal notice approximately 60 days before your license expires. 

  1. Complete the appropriate continuing education (See table below) 
    OR
    Retake the certification exams
    *You may renew some categories by reexamination and other categories by accumulating continuing education.
  2. Complete the renewal notice forms you received in the mail from the Florida Department of Agriculture

Do I need continuing education to maintain my Florida pesticide applicator license?
Applicators are eligible to renew their license one of two ways:

  1. Pass the exams associated with your license; or
  2. Accrue the required number of continuing education credits.

 

You must complete 4 core credits in addition to the credits shown per category below.  No substitutions are allowed.

 Aerial Application - Agricultural

16 credits

 Agricultural Animal Pest Control

 4 credits

Agricultural Row Crop Pest Control

8 credits

Agricultural Tree Crop Pest Control

8 credits

Antifouling Paint

4 credits

Aquatic Pest Control

16 credits

Forest Pest Control

8 credits

Chlorine Gas Infusion

4 credits

Demonstration and Research

4 credits

Regulatory Inspection and Sampling

4 credits

Natural Areas Weed Management

16 credits

Ornamental and Turf Pest Control

12 credits

Private Applicator Agriculture Pest Control

4 credits

Raw Agricultural Commodity Fumigation

4 credits

Wood Treatment

4 credits

Regulatory Pest Control

12 credits

Right-of-Way Pest Control

8 credits

Seed Treatment

4 credits

Sewer Root Control

4 credits

Soil and Greenhouse Fumigation

4 credits

Frequently Asked Questions

Who submits continuing education to the state?

Applicators are responsible for submitting their continuing education credits to the Florida Department of Agriculture. Upon course completion, applicators will be provided with a certificate of completion as well as the required Record of Attendance form.

Are your courses state approved?

Yes! All of our online courses are approved by the Florida Department of Agriculture. Approval numbers are listed after each course title.

What happens if my Florida pesticide applicator license expires?

You may not apply restricted-use pesticides until your license is renewed. To renew your license after the expiration date you must provide a signed and notarized affidavit stating that you have not applied any restricted-use pesticides since your license expired. Affidavit forms will be mailed to you with your renewal notice.

  • Licenses renewed less than 60 days past expiration - Complete the affidavit, no late fee is incurred.
  • Licenses renewed more than 60 days past expiration - Complete the affidavit, pay an additional $50.
  • Licenses expired more than 1 year cannot be renewed. You must retake the appropriate certification exams.
What classifications of applicators licensing does Florida have?

Florida uses three levels of licensing for pesticide applicators. The license you will need will depend on the work you plan to perform.

  • Private Applicator License - This level of license is issued to persons that will be applying restricted use pesticides to property that they own or rented/owned by their employer. The license will be valid for turf or ornamental production operations, but not valid when maintaining turf or ornamentals. For example, you can use this level of licensing to maintain the turf at a sod farm, but not a golf course.
  • Public Applicator License - This level of licensing is reserved for governmental employees who use restricted pesticides during their regular duties for agricultural or other related applications.
  • Commercial Applicator License - This level of licensing is issued to individuals that will be applying restricted use pesticides to agricultural, ornamental, or turf area that is not associated with a building (must be more than 10 feet from a building). This license is used for the following uses:
    • applications for other individuals or property owners to outdoor sites not associated with buildings; or
    • applications for any other outdoor use, not associated with buildings, not for an employer or government, and not involved with agricultural production.

"Associated with a building" is any site that is within 10 feet of any building. Applications to this area require an additional license or certification from the Bureau of Licensing and Enforcement, Pest Control Section.

What pesticide certification categories are available in Florida?

Florida has designated the following certification categories. Applicators with a Commercial or Public license may be certified in one or more of these categories.

Aerial Application
Agricultural Animal Pest Control
Agricultural Row Crop Pest Control
Agricultural Tree Crop Pest Control
Aquatic Pest Control
Chlorine Gas Infusion
Demonstration and Research
Forest Pest Control
Natural Areas Weed Management
Organotin Antifouling Paint
Ornamental and Turf Pest Control
Raw Agricultural Commodity Fumigation
Regulator Inspection and Sampling
Regulatory Pest Contro
Right-of-Way Pest Control
Seed Treatment
Sewer Root Control
Soil and Greenhouse Fumigation
Wood Treatment
WPS Crop Advisor Exemption

Does Florida off reciprocity with other states?

Yes! Florida has limited reciprocal agreements with the following states: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Indiana. Out of state applicators will need to comply with Florida's Out-of-State Requirements in order to obtain an applicator's license on a reciprocal basis. For more information, please contact the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Plant Industry Helpline: 888-663-3542

For more licensing questions visit: Florida Department of Agriculture

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Pesticide Applicator Training

We offer the best in Online Pesticide Education providing CEUs approved by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Pesticide Certification Section. Our instructor lead video courses are fast, easy, affordable and meet state licensing requirements. We offer the following continuing education courses in full HD video, and they are available when you are!

Need to obtain your applicator's license? Check out our Pesticide Applicator Core Exam Prep Course!

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