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The extension office offers training and testing for agricultural and structural pesticide licenses administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The goal of the training is to provide education on the safe and responsible use of pesticides, effects of pesticides on people and the environment and the worker protection standard. Each class reviews fundamental concepts on the pesticide exams but it is not a substitute for studying the pesticide applicator training manuals.

To help you figure out which pesticide license you need, you can visit Hillsborough Professional Horticulture Licensing.

  • Training

    Training is available throughout the year on the following categories:

    Chapter 482 – Structural

    • Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance
    • Limited Lawn and Ornamental

    Chapter 487 – Agricultural

    • Private Applicator
    • Agricultural Row Crops
    • Natural Areas Weed Management
    • Right of Way

    Face-to-face classes are subject to minimum attendance. If your class is canceled, you will be notified no less than 24 hours prior to class start. We will provide a refund for cancellations made by UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County.  Please practice social distancing and wear a mask for in-person classes.

    Online classes require registration through Eventbrite and Zoom.

    Training opportunities for Landscape Professionals

    Training opportunities for Agriculture licenses for the following:

    Private Applicator & Agricultural Row Crops
    – Up to 4 CEUs: Core, Agricultural Row Crop, Private Applicator

    Natural Areas Weed Management - UP to 4 CEUs: 2-Core 487; 2-Core 482; 2-Natural Areas Weed Management

    Right of Way - UP to 4 CEUs: 2-Core 487; 2-Core 482; 2-Right-of-Way

  • Testing for All Licenses

    Testing is available by appointment. Due to limited availability of computers for testing, please call our office (352-955-2402) to schedule your test or email

    In order to take the test, you must obtain a voucher at Licensing, follow the prompts and get a voucher number. Depending on the exam type, you may have to pay an exam fee in advance.

    If you have any questions pertaining to class information, CEUs, or test scheduling please contact Tatiana Sanchez, Commercial Horticulture Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County, or Kevin Korus, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County, at 352-955-2402.

  • Study Manuals

    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 business days.

    Contact them at:
    University of Florida
    Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
    IFAS Extension Bookstore
    1374 Sabal Palm Drive
    P.O. Box 110011
    Gainesville, FL 32611-0011

UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County 22712 W Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669 352-955-2402

Hours Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.