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.

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.


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
  • Any combination of Limited Commercial CEUs and Core CEUs is acceptable.
  • 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 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.

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.