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Certification Exams

Commercial, Public, and/or Private Pesticide Applicator Certification testing will be offered on Thursday, August 25 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. There is no charge to take exams, but you MUST bring a valid Driver’s License or State-Issued ID and FDACS voucher number.


Vouchers

Every person in Florida is required to have a voucher number prior to taking FDACS exams. Please get your voucher number before exams begin on Thursday. More information is here: Voucher information


  • Examination Categories

    Primary Categories: Aquatic Pest Control, Forest Pest Control, Right-of-Way Pest Control, Natural Areas Weed Management, Ornamental & Turf, and Public Health.

    Secondary Categories: Demonstration & Research, Aerial.

    Important:  In order to become a certified applicator in the State of Florida, you must pass the General Standards (CORE) exam and at least one (1) primary category exam, in addition to paying the license fee.

  • Tips for Exam Day
    • Be sure to arrive before 1:15pm. Those sitting in the front will be the first to start exams.
    • There is no charge for taking exams. FDACS will send instructions for payment when they send your exam results to you.
    • What to bring with you (these are the only items you should bring):
      • Your driver's license or government-issued photo identification
      • Your Voucher number - Voucher information
    • What not to bring:
      • Cell phones or other electronic devices (The exam will not take place if these are present)
      • Exam study manuals
      • Scratch paper, formulas, pencils, or any other testing supplies - these will be provided at the exam.
    • Prepare for exams!
  • Exam FAQs
    How long will the test take?

    Each examination takes approximately one hour to complete, depending on the individual. If time allows, you are permitted to take more than one test.

    What other examinations will be offered?

    In addition to the General Standards (CORE) examination, examinations are offered in many other primary and secondary categories, which are listed above. Please Note: If you wish to take a primary or secondary category exam other than those listed, you MUST request this examination when you pre-register online for the Short Course.

    How do I prepare for the exams?

    Attend the exam prep sessions on Wednesday! It is also highly recommended that you review the appropriate Pesticide Application Training Manual for the categories in which you will be testing and study from the study manuals prior to the exams.

    When do I find out if I pass the exam(s)?

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) will send you your score 10 to 21 days after the exam and provide instructions for applying for your license. Florida applicators may search for exam scores on the FDACS Pesticide Applicator Webpage. For questions, please contact FDACS main line at 850-617-7870.

  • About Pesticide Applicator Licenses in Florida

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Division of Agricultural Environmental Services, Pesticide Applicator Licenses is responsible for licensing of Florida applicators. Learn about obtaining a license by visiting their website . Florida applicators may search for upcoming courses and exam scores via the FDACS Pesticide Applicator Webpage .

    Questions about your Florida licenses or exam scores? Please contact:

    Sharon Jones, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Sharon.Jones@FDACS.gov