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Pesticide Control Training & Examinations

To apply restricted use pesticides to any outdoor area in Florida not associated with buildings or public health pest control, you must have a pesticide applicator license issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).

Restricted use pesticide licenses are not valid for:

  • Residential applications
  • Structural pest control
  • Application within 10 feet of any building
  • Public health pest control (mosquito control, etc.)

If you need a license for residential or structural pest control, please see FDACS' Pest Control Licensing and Certification page.

For a Public Health Pest Control License, please see FDACS' Mosquito Control Licensing page.

What Pesticide License Do I Require?

If you are unsure of the license you require,  please see FDACS' Pest Control Licensing and Certification page.

How do I apply to take a Pesticide Exam?

UF/IFAS Highlands County administers Pesticide Exams Wednesday & Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm.

To Schedule a Pesticide Exam in Highlands County, please follow the directions below:

  • Please go to and click on "Apply For Examination"

  • It will redirect you to this page. Please follow the instructions located in the center of the page.

  • Go back to and click on "Schedule Examination" Exams can be scheduled Monday - Friday. Please arrive between the hours of 9:30am and 11:30am.

How much do Pesticide Exams Cost?

  • It is absolutely FREE to take an exam at UF/IFAS Extension Highlands County.
  • Once exams are passed, FDACS will contact you directly with steps that need to be taken to aquire your license.
  • The Fee Schedule for new licenses and renewals is:
    • Private Applicator License             $100
    • Public Applicator License              $100
    • Commercial Applicator License     $250

Can I Aquire CEUs Online?

Yes!  Please see FDACS' CEU Search Tool

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Pesticide Examination Hours

Tests are administered on Wednesdays and Fridays between the hours of 9:00am - 3:00pm. Most Exams are allotted two hours for completion. 

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Main Office: (863) 402-6540

Fax:  (863) 402-6544

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Sebring,FL 33875   

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9:30am to 3:30pm

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Wednesday & Friday
9:00am to 3:00pm


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