University of Florida

Florida Private Applicator
Certification & Test Information

This license is available only for private individuals applying pesticides to their own property or to property rented, leased to them or to their employer.

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

This certification requires a passing grade (70%) on the Private 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 8 CEUs.

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


Cost of test: Cost of license: Cost of renewal:
Free $100 $100


CEUs needed for license renewal: Renewal period:
  • 4 CEUs in the Private category plus
  • 4 CEUs in the 487 Core category
  • 8 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.