University of Florida

Florida Agriculture Aquatic Pesticide
Certification & Test Information

Image of People Spraying Aquatic WeedsThe Aquatic pest control license is available either as a Public certification, for those applicators that apply herbicides to bodies of water and that work for federal, state, county or municipal public agencies, or as a Commercial certification for contractors for aquatic pesticide work. For more information you may want to see the Florida Statutes Chapter 487

Click here to get started. If you have any problems call FDACS at 850-617-7997.

The Aquatic pesticide exam requires a passing grade (70%) and a passing grade (70%) on the General Standards (Core) Exam. This certification must be renewed every 4 years either by testing or with 20 CEU's.

We offer testing the first Wednesday of the month. For paper exams arrive before 9 AM, for computer exams register here.


Cost of test: Cost of license: Cost of renewal:
Free ~$100 for Public category
~$250 for Commercial category
~$100 for Public category
~$250 for Commercial category


CEUs needed for license renewal: Renewal period:
  • 16 CEUs in the Aquatics category plus
  • 4 CEUs in the 487 Core category
  • 20 CEUs Total
  • Every 4 years

Note: 1 CEU (Continuing Education Unit) equals 50 minutes of classroom time. This is a State of Florida certification. For information see Pesticide Applicator Certification and Licensing, a division of Agricultural Environmental Services. If you need more information, or have a problem call Pesticide Applicator Certification and Licensing by phone at 850-617-7870 or by fax at 850-617-7895 Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM.

Study Materials

The exam study manuals are:

These exam study manuals are available from the IFAS Bookstore in Gainesville, either by ordering online or by calling 1-800-226-1764. If you order with a credit card, you should receive the books within 4-5 days. The links above go directly to the manuals themselves.