University of Florida

Florida Natural Areas Pesticide
Certification & Test Information

This license is available either as a Public certification, for those applicators that apply pesticides to dry natural areas and that work for federal, state, county or municipal public agencies, or as a Commercial certification for contractors.

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This license requires a passing grade (70%) on the category exam 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 CEUs.

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
~ $100 for Public category
~ $250 for Commercial


CEUs needed for license renewal: Renewal period:
  • 16 CEUs in the Natural Areas 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 more 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.