University of Florida

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.

This certification requires a passing grade (75%) on the exam. This certification must be renewed annually either by testing or with 4 CEU's.

Click here for paper application.

Click here for paper insurance form.

To register for a class in Pinellas County.


Cost of test: Cost of license: Cost of renewal:
$150 Free $75 Annually


CEUs needed for license renewal: Renewal period:
  • 4 CEUs are required annually
  • 2 Core (482) + 2 Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance category
  • Annually

Note: 1 CEU (Continuing Education Unit) equals 50 minutes of classroom time. This is a State of Florida certification issued by the Bureau of Licensing and Enforcement, a division of Agricultural Environmental Services. If you need more information, or have a problem call the Bureau by phone at 850-617-7997 or by fax at 850-617-7892 Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM.

Study Materials

The exam study manuals are:

You will also need:

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.