LICENSING & TRAINING IN ALACHUA COUNTY
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 https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/hillsborough/professional-horticulture/licensing/.
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 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 email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to take the test, you must obtain a voucher at https://aesecomm.freshfromflorida.com/, 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 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