Aquatic Weed Control Short Course
Aquatic Weed Control Short Course
UF/IFAS Extension

New Dates!

October 27-30, 2020


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Pre-Short Course Session

 COVID-19 Update

The primary mission of the UF IFAS Aquatic Weed Control Short Course is to provide educational opportunities and CEUs for Florida’s licensed pesticide applicators and our number one priority is to make sure everyone is safe. In order to meet these goals, we’re using a number of different strategies to protect sponsors, speakers and attendees while also ensuring that as many attendees as possible have access to the CEU training they need.

This annual event normally takes place live in Coral Springs, but due to COVID-19, the 2020 Short Course will be delivered virtually to remote sites throughout Florida. Most sites will be County Extension Offices and will be hosted by an Extension Agent. Attendees will be assigned to the remote site closest to them to reduce the need for travel. Presentations will be pre-recorded and streamed at the scheduled time, and speakers will participate in a live Q&A session.

All attendees will be required to abide by CDC and UF health and safety guidelines, which include social distancing, personal hygiene, and MANDATORY mask usage at all times. Current State of Florida guidance strongly encourages individuals 65 or older or those with underlying medical conditions (including chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immune-compromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) to avoid crowds and in-person events at this time. Individuals who have special needs that prohibit the wearing of a face covering but feel they must attend this Short Course should contact Dr. Gettys ( to discuss alternative means of participation.

Please Note: Current University regulations prohibit serving food and beverages, so attendees will be responsible for their own meals, drinks and snacks for the duration of the Short Course.

On behalf of,

Lyn Gettys, PhD, Short Course Organizer and UF/IFAS Associate Professor of Agronomy

Kristin Zupancic, Short Course Coordinator UF/IFAS Office of Conferences & Institutes (OCI)


For 43 years, the University of Florida has offered training and continuing education for Florida's pesticide applicators through the Aquatic Weed Control Short Course. The Short Course features leading experts in Aquatic and Upland vegetation management, and is designed to benefit those new to the industry and experienced professionals seeking a comprehensive update.

You will benefit from attending this program if you:

  • Need Florida Pesticide Applicator CEUs for categories such as:
    • Aquatic
    • Right-of-Way
    • Natural Areas
    • General Standards (CORE)
    • Forestry
    • Demo & Research
  • Are planning to take the test to become a certified pesticide applicator in Florida.
  • Are responsible for aquatic weed control in canals, lakes, golf course ponds, rivers, parks, residential developments, and other waterways.
  • Operate and calibrate pesticide application equipment.
  • Are employed by a public agency or private company that is responsible for vegetation management along right-of-ways and in natural areas.
  • Are an employee of a manufacturer or a distributor that markets aquatic or vegetation management herbicides.
  • Use biological control techniques to suppress aquatic weed growth.
  • Need to identify aquatic and wetland plants.
  • Establish and maintain wetland mitigation areas.

Why Manage Plants?

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is the State’s lead agency, authorized by the Florida Legislature (Section 369.20(2), Florida Statutes) to direct the control of aquatic plants. The links below will help to explain why and how aquatic plants are managed in Florida waters. There are five sections that will guide you through the conditions that contribute to aquatic plant problems and the many factors considered by FWC biologists when developing aquatic plant management plans for Florida waters. It is a major priority to manage invasive plants while also conserving and enhancing unique aquatic habitats and wildlife communities.

UF/IFAS Extension

Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. The University of Florida (UF), together with Florida A&M University (FAMU), administers the Florida Cooperative Extension Service. UF/IFAS Extension encompasses thousands of Extension faculty members, scientists, educators, administrative staff, and volunteers, all working to provide solutions for your life.


OCI stands for the Office of Conferences & Institutes. It is a full service conference planning agency at the University of Florida. OCI was created to support the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) mission to develop knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and enhance and sustain the quality of human life by making that information accessible.


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