Looking to get a pesticide applicator license? Here are a few resources that can help:
If you will be applying pesticides for agricultural related purposes or for parks, athletic fields, or golf courses, see Agricultural and Related Pest Control Applicator License Classifications under the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).
If you will be applying pesticides for non-agricultural purposes, see Licensing of Structural Pesticide Applicators in Florida.
If you will be applying pesticides for public health purposes, see Licensing of Public Health Pest Control Applicators in Florida.
For a quick list of all types of licenses, see the Certification & License Requirements Chart from FDACS.
State and federal laws require anyone using Restricted Use Pesticides to be certified or work under the direct supervision of a certified applicator. Pesticide applicator licenses and certifications are issued by the Bureau of Licensing and Enforcement of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service (FDACS), Division of Agricultural Environmental Services (AES), under the following Florida Statutes and Codes:
- Chapter 487 – the Florida Pesticide Law
- Chapter 482- the structural Pest Control Act
- Chapter 388 – Florida Mosquito Control Act
- Chapter 5E-14 of the Florida Administrative Code
For comprehensive information on licensing and regulations, see:
- The Pesticide Applicator Certification and Licensing in Florida booklet.
- The Pesticide Applicator Licensing (Agriculture) and Pest Control Licensing and Certification (Structural/Pest Control Operators) sections of the FDACS website.
If you still have questions about licensing and certification after checking these resources, you can contact FDACS at (850) 617-7850.
Other Pesticide Related Laws and Regulations:
- Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
- Florida Rules 5E-2 – Pesticides and 5E-9 – Licensed Pesticide Applicators and Dealers
- Florida Rules 5E-13 – Mosquito Control Program Administration