Certification Examinations

Commercial, Public, and/or Private Pesticide Applicator Certification testing will be offered on Thursday, May 9 from 1:15pm to 4:30pm. There is no charge for taking an examination, but be certain to bring your valid Driver’s License or State-Issued ID and voucher number.

Voucher Number Registration

Every person in the state is required to have a voucher number prior to examination. Before taking any exams at the Short Course, you must have your voucher number(s).

Instructions on Registering for Pesticide Exam Voucher Numbers

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.
  • 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 - See instructions
    • The pocket calculator given to you at registration
  • What not to bring:
    • Cell phones or other electronic devices
    • Exam study manuals
    • Scratch paper, formulas, pencils, or any other testing supplies - these will be provided at the exam.

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.

Please note:

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.

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. Note: If you wish to take a primary or secondary category exam other than those listed, you must request this examination when registering online for the Short Course.

How do I prepare for the exams?
During the Short Course, much of the material that will be covered on the General Standards (CORE) and certain popular category certification exams will be reviewed. Additionally, it is highly recommended that you review the appropriate Pesticide Application Training Manual (available from the UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore) for the categories in which you will be testing. Those who wish to seek additional instruction should plan to attend the Wednesday evening Calibration and Math Review Session. See the agenda for details.

If I attend the Short Course review sessions, is that all that I need to know to pass the exams?
. The exam is derived from the study manuals, and the review sessions will reinforce the content of the study manuals. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU OBTAIN THE STUDY MANUALS AND STUDY PRIOR TO THE EXAMS.

When do I find out if I pass the exam(s)?
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will mail you your score 10-21 days after the exam and provide instructions for applying for your license.

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