Limited Certification Lawn and Ornamental

What Florida Statute
authorizes this license?
Florida Statute 482, Section 155. Structural Pest Control Act  Please read this section for details.
Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) abbreviation for this license.
Who must have this license?

Employees who apply pesticides to private property owned by their employers (e.g., public facilities, schools, hospitals, stores, apartments, common areas of condominiums).
What does this license allow me to do?
Licensee is authorized to:
  • Apply herbicides, fungicides or insecticides to ornamentals and lawn areas, including restricted use pesticides.

Licensee cannot:

  • Operate pest control business.
  • Apply pesticides to golf courses, parks or cemeteries.
  • Fumigate a structure.
What types of pesticides can
I use with this license?
  • Registered pesticides for lawns and ornamentals, whether purchased at a retail store or chemical supply business. This includes restricted use pesticides.
  • This section does not apply to use of disinfectants,
    sanitizers, or ready-to-use pesticides sold over the counter at retail stores.
Educational/experience requirements?
Other requirements?
  • Complete a license application. Scroll down to Limited Certification for Governmental Pesticide Applicators or Private Applicators.
  • Pass an exam. The exam is proctored, closed-book, and in English only.
  • Preauthorization by the Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control, FDACS is required to take the exam. Call 850-921-4177 for license information procedures.
Where do I take the training
and the exam?

Manatee County Extension Service offers training for this type of license several times a year. Call 941-722-4524 to learn when the next training is offered.
Study  manuals and materials

How many employees can work under  my supervision with this license?
None. Each employee who applies pesticides must be licensed.
  • $150 for test
  • $0 for license
  • $25 annual renewal fee.
License renewal?

This license is valid for four years from the date it is issued.

  • $25 renewal fee.
  • 4 classroom hours of approved training:
    Continued Educational Units (CEUs) in any combination of Limited Lawn & Ornamental and Core CEUs.

  • Retake the exam ($150). Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control mails you a
    notification to renew the license. It is your responsibility to keep track of your license's renewal date and take action to ensure that it is renewed.
Insurance requirements? Responsibility of employer.
What type of pesticide
records do I need to keep?
You must maintain, for period of two years, routine operational records pertaining to each application of a restricted-use pesticide including name of applicator, and type, amount, use date and place of application.
Do I need this license to use pesticides that I purchase from retail stores?
Yes. It does not make any difference where you purchase a pesticide. When you use it on lawns and landscapes as part of your employment at public or private facilities described above, you need this license.
Can I apply herbicides or other pesticides to lawns? Yes.
Can I apply "weed and feed" products? Yes.
Can I apply herbicides
to lawns to prepare
them for renovation?


More questions? Contact the Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control (BEPC) 850-921-4177.

This is a bureau under the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)