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Publication #PI-152

Licensing of Organotin Antifouling Paint Pest Control Applicators in Florida1

Frederick M. Fishel2

This document explains the licensing and regulation of persons who apply restricted use organotin antifouling paints in Florida as regulated by the Florida Pesticide Law (Chapter 487) and administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Organotin Antifouling Paint Pest Control

All persons who apply or supervise the application of organotin antifouling paints must have a pesticide applicator license issued by the Bureau of Licensing and Enforcement/Pesticide Certification Section. The Organotin Antifouling Paint category is regulated by the Florida Pesticide Law (Florida Statutes, Chapter 487).

Category Certification Standards

Applicators seeking a license in this category must demonstrate practical knowledge of:

  • the principles and practices of using antifouling paints, including toxicity to humans and non-target organisms via common exposure routes;

  • proper cleaning, disposal, and containment techniques;

  • climatic factors that may influence environmental hazards;

  • common types and features of target and non-target aquatic/marine organisms;

  • proper handling, mixing and application procedures; and

  • the laws and regulations governing pesticides and antifouling paints.

License Classification

Certified organotin antifouling paint pest control applicators may be licensed as either public applicators or commercial applicators. These are the major differences:

  • A public applicator is a licensed applicator employed by a public or governmental agency. The license is only valid when performing work for the public or governmental agency. The public applicator fee for a four-year license is $100.

  • A commercial applicator is a licensed applicator who is licensed to apply restricted-use pesticides on any property provided they are certified in the category for which the applications are made. A commercial applicator is usually a contract applicator. The commercial applicator fee for a four-year license is $250.


Persons must successfully pass the Organotin Antifouling Paint Pest Control examination before they can apply to the Department for a license. The examination may be taken at a UF/IFAS Extension office that offers category examinations. No special qualifications must be met to take the examination. There is no fee to take the examination.

Study Materials

A study manual for Organotin Antifouling Paint Pest Control applicators who will be taking the exam may be obtained from the UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore by calling 1-800-226-1764 or online at The content of the Organotin Antifouling Paint Pest Control exam is based upon the content of the Antifouling Paint Pest Control Training Manual.


Applicators must recertify every four years. To recertify, applicators may take the examination again or attend training and obtain 4 continuing education units (CEUs) approved for the Organotin Antifouling Paint Pest Control category. Opportunities to earn CEUs may be found at

Additional Information

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Bureau of Licensing and Enforcement, Pesticide Licensing Section, 3125 Conner Drive, Bldg. 8, L-29, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1650, Phone: 850-617-7876, (accessed March 2016).

UF/IFAS Pesticide Information Office, PO Box 110710, Bldg. 164, Gainesville, FL 32611-0710, Phone: 352-392-4721, (accessed March 2016).



This document is PI-152, one of a series of the Agronomy Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date April 2007. Revised July 2010, August 2013, and March 2016. Reviewed March 2019. Visit the EDIS website at for the currently supported version of this publication.


Frederick M. Fishel, professor, Agronomy Department, and director, Pesticide Information Office; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.

The use of trade names in this publication is solely for the purpose of providing specific information. UF/IFAS does not guarantee or warranty the products named, and references to them in this publication does not signify our approval to the exclusion of other products of suitable composition. Use pesticides safely. Read and follow directions on the manufacturer's label.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.