Limited Certification for
Commercial Landscape Maintenance
The Limited Commercial Maintenance certification is available only for landscape maintenance contractors applying pesticides to their customer’s property.
This license allows the licensed applicator to apply herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. Products are limited to "Caution" labels only.
Applications are limited to ornamental plant beds and shrubs. Turf areas are off limits (not allowed to be treated).
Application equipment is limited to backpack sprayers having no more than a 5-gallon capacity and handheld 3-gallon compressed air “pump-up” sprayers. Powered equipment is prohibited.
Each individual applicator must be licensed.
Six hours of training, an application, and proof of insurance are required. See complete details and the application at Application
This certification requires a passing grade (75%) on the exam. This certification must be renewed annually either by testing or with 4 CEU's.
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Note: 1 CEU (Continuing Education Unit) equals 50 minutes of classroom time. This is a State of Florida certification issued by the Bureau of Compliance Monitoring (BCM), a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). If you need more information, or have a problem call the Bureau by phone at 850-488-8731 or by fax at 850-488-8498 8-5 Monday through Friday.
The exam study manuals are:
- "Applying Pesticides Correctly" (SM-1) $20.00
also called the "Core" manual
- "Ornamental and Turfgrass Pest Management" (SM 007) $20.00
You will also need:
- The Structural Pest Control Act, Chapter 482, Florida Statutes
- Chapter 5E-14, Florida Administrative Code
- Best Management Practices for Protection of Water Resources in Florida
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.