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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Pest Control Licensing and Certification

Program Resources

Certification Applications:

Additional Certification Information:

Licensing Forms:

Miscellaneous Forms:

Renewals:

Contact Us

(850) 617-7997
(850) 617-7967 Fax
AESCares@FreshFromFlorida.com

Bureau of Licensing and Enforcement
3125 Conner Blvd., Bldg. 8
Tallahassee, FL  32399-1650

Laws and Regulations

Florida Statutes
Chapter: 482

Florida Administrative Code
Chapters: 5E-2, 5E-14

Commercial Structural Pest Control

For structural pest control (pest control provided to homes or other structures), Florida law requires that each pest control business location must:

  • Be licensed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS),
  • Carry the required insurance coverage ($250,000 per person and $500,000 per occurrence for bodily injury and $250,000 per occurrence and $500,000 in the aggregate for property damage, or a combined single limit coverage of $500,000 in the aggregate), and
  • Employ full-time a Florida-certified operator in charge of the pest control operations of the business location. This operator must be certified in the categories in which the business operates:
    • General Household Pest and Rodent Control,
    • Termite and Other Wood-Destroying Organisms Control,
    • Lawn and Ornamental Pest Control, and/or
    • Fumigation.

How to Apply for a Pest Control Business License

To apply for a Pest Control Business License, submit the following by mail to FDACS:

License Fees

The business license fee is $300, and the fee for each employee identification card is $10.

Qualifications for Pest Control Operators

Pest control operator certificates are issued to individuals who:

  • Are over age 18 and 
  • Pass the written examinations administered by FDACS.
How to Qualify to Take the Certification Examination

You can qualify to take the certification examination by experience or by education plus experience.

Experience

To qualify by experience, you must be able to document:

  • A high school education or equivalency and 
  • Three years of experience as a service employee of a licensee that performs pest control in any category or categories in which you are seeking certification. At least one of these years must have been under a licensee in Florida and must immediately precede your application for examination. 
Education 

To qualify through education, you must be able to document:

  • A degree and 20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours in entomology, botany, agronomy or horticulture from a recognized college or university. (You may also qualify without a degree, provided you have 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours advanced training in entomology, botany, agronomy or horticulture.)
  • One year of experience as a service employee of a licensee that performs pest control in any category or categories in which you are seeking certification. 

Note: If your education is in entomology, you are qualified for examination in all categories. If your education is in horticulture, botany or agronomy, you are qualified for examination only in the category of Lawn and Ornamental Pest Control.

How to Apply for Examination

You can apply:

Learn more about pest control certification exams

Limited Certification Programs

FDACS also administers four Limited Certification Categories to certify Commercial Landscape Maintenance applicators, Governmental or Private applicators, Commercial Urban Fertilizer applicators, and the Limited Wildlife category. None of these certifications allows the operation of a commercial pest control business.

Examination Fees

The exam fee for Limited Certification is $150 per category.

How to Register for an Exam

After your completed application has been received by FDACS, you will be provided with a voucher number to register at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Exam Registration website to select a date and time to take the exam.

Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Applicator Certification

The Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance (LCLM) Certification Program allows commercial landscape maintenance personnel to make pesticide applications (using herbicides, insecticides and fungicides) to ornamental plants and plant beds only. It does not allow landscape maintenance workers to make any kind of pesticide applications (including weed control and/or weed and feed products) to any turf areas. Furthermore, this certification does not allow or authorize the maintenance company or the certificate holder to supervise company employees under their certificate or operate a pest control business.

How to Apply for Examination

You can apply:

Limited Governmental or Private Applicator Certification

Limited Governmental or Private Applicator Certification is designed for government employees or other individuals who make applications of general or restricted use pesticides in, on, around or under structures or to the turf or ornamental areas of the property.

For smaller municipalities and/or companies, each applicator must be individually certified. For larger operations, the program has provisions for an employer to hire a Florida Pest Control Certified Operator to be in charge of the pest control program and they are responsible for providing training and guidance to any applicator(s) in lieu of individual applicator certification.

How to Apply for Examination

You can apply:

Limited Urban Commercial Fertilizer Applicator Certification

All commercial fertilizer applicators must be certified by FDACS to make any type of fertilizer application to commercial turf or ornamental areas and/or the turf or ornamental areas of parks or fields (other than agricultural areas) and/or the turf or ornamental area of any residential property.

Prior to issuance of Limited Urban Commercial Fertilizer Applicator Certification, you must provide proof of having received training in Green Industry Best Management Practices.

How to Apply for Examination

You can apply:

Limited Commercial Wildlife Management Certification

The Limited Commercial Wildlife Management Certification (LW) is only required for trapping rats and mice in, on or under structures. FDACS recommends that persons commercially trapping nuisance wildlife (e.g., raccoons, opossums, armadillos, skunks, squirrels) in structures also obtain this certificate.

How to Apply for Examination

You can apply: