Florida Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Courses

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!

Online Courses

Florida Federal Pesticide Laws (#22521)

Pesticides are hazardous substances that can cause serious harm if used improperly. Pesticides are regulated to utilize their benefits while protecting public health and welfare, and preventing harm to the environment. Federal and state pesticide laws and regulations control the labeling, sale and distribution, storage, transportation, use and disposal in the best public interest. This course addresses the requirements set forth by federal regulations. Pesticide applicators are responsible for learning about and complying with all regulations.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Category 487 or 482 General Standards/Core Requirements

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Florida Personal Protective Equipment and Emergency Response (#22528)

PPE comprises the clothing and devices you wear to protect your body from contact with pesticides. 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 understand the protections and limitations of PPE. Proper PPE selection, use, and care are essential.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Category 487 or 482 General Standards/Core Requirements

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Florida Pest Management (#22520)

After completing this course in its entirety, participants will be able to discuss the importance of pest identification in pest control, describe how pest population levels trigger control procedures, and give several reasons why pesticide applications may fail.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Category 487 or 482 General Standards/Core Requirements

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Florida Pesticide Application Procedures (#22532)

Today’s pest management practices require modern equipment to apply a variety of pesticides. Pesticides may be applied as sprays, dusts, granules, gases (vapors), fogs, baits, rubs, or dips. The vast array of application equipment must be matched to the pesticide as well as to the size and type of the job. To make an effective, safe, and efficient application, read the label first. In addition, you must properly select, operate, calibrate, and maintain your equipment.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Category 487 or 482 General Standards/Core Requirements

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Florida Pesticide Formulations (#22523)

A pesticide formulation is a combination of active and inert ingredients that forms an end-use pesticide product. Pesticides are formulated to make them safer or easier to use. There are many formulations available for various pest control sites and situations, and it is important that applicators choose the best one for the job.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Category 487 or 482 General Standards/Core Requirements

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Florida Pesticide Hazards and First Aid (#22527)

Pesticides are designed to be toxic to living organisms so they can control pests (e.g., plants, insects, rodents, fungi, and bacteria). At the same time, pesticides must be used with special care to avoid harming non-target organisms, including pesticide applicators, handlers, and anyone else exposed to the product. Pesticides can have both short-term and long-term effects on humans. As a result, pesticide users need to be concerned with the hazards associated with exposure to the chemical and not exclusively with the toxicity of the pesticide.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Category 487 or 482 General Standards/Core Requirements

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Florida Pesticide Labeling (#22522)

The pesticide label is the main method of communication between a pesticide manufacturer and pesticide users. The information printed on and attached to the pesticide container is the label. By law, pesticide users are required to comply with all instructions and use directions found on the pesticide product label.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Category 487 or 482 General Standards/Core Requirements

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Florida Pesticides in the Environment (#22529)

Applicators and the public share concerns about how pesticides may harm the environment. 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.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Category 487 or 482 General Standards/Core Requirements

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Florida Planning the Pesticide Application (#22531)

Planning is essential before beginning a pesticide application. To help plan, you should know how to, select the right pesticide for the job, review the label, test for pesticide compatibility before mixing, choose what personal protective equipment to wear, transfer pesticides safely, and clean up after an application.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Category 487 or 482 General Standards/Core Requirements

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Florida Transportation, Storage, Security and Professional Conduct (#22530)

This course discusses safety and security issues that may arise when pesticides are moved or stored.  It is important for certified applicators to know under what conditions uncertified people can make applications of restricted use products. You also need to understand the importance of communication and how to communicate with customers about what you are doing.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Category 487 or 482 General Standards/Core Requirements

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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.

 

Core (Required of all Licensees)

 

4 credits

 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

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

Regulatory Inspection and Sampling

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

Wood Treatment

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

Course Demo

Here is short preview from the Planning the Pesticide Application course.

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