University of Florida

Florida Ornamental & Turf Pesticide
Certification & Test Information

This license, also known as the O & T license is available either as a Public certification, for those applicators that apply herbicides to golf courses, parks and cemeteries and that work for federal, state, county or municipal public agencies, or as a Commercial certification for contractors to apply pesticides in those same areas.

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

The O & T exam requires a passing grade (70%) plus a passing grade (70%) on the General Standards (Core) Exam. This certification must be renewed every 4 years either by testing or with 16 CEUs.

We offer exams the first Wednesday of every 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:
  • 12 CEUs in the O & T category plus
  • 4 CEUs in the 487 Core category
  • 16 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 Licensing and Certification, a division of Agricultural Environmental Services. If you need more information, or have a problem call the Bureau 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.