This document explains the licensing and regulation of persons who apply pesticides to agricultural row crops in Florida, as regulated by the Florida Pesticide Law (Chapter 487), and administered by the Florida Department of Consumer Services.
Agricultural Row Crop Pest Control
All persons who apply or supervise the application of restricted use pesticides to agricultural row crops must have a pesticide applicator license issued by the Bureau of Licensing and Enforcement. The Agricultural Row Crop Pest Control category is regulated by the Florida Pesticide Law (Chapter 487).
Category Certification Standards
Applicators seeking a license in this category must demonstrate practical knowledge of:
agricultural row crops and associated pests;
the chemical control measures that pertain to the prevention or control of such pests;
the equipment or methodologies used to safely and effectively implement such measures;
the potential for pesticide residues on such crops;
preharvest application intervals;
post-application reentry interval restrictions;
pesticide-related soil or water problems;
potential for pesticide-induced environmental contamination; and
non-target injury and community problems that may result from the improper use of pesticides in agricultural row crop production.
Applicators in this category shall also demonstrate practical knowledge of:
the procedures and equipment used to apply pesticides with irrigation water through an irrigation system;
calibration of equipment for applying pesticides with irrigation water;
proper design, use, and maintenance of anti-siphon devices and check valves to prevent pesticide contamination of water supplies;
proper interpretation of pesticide label or labeling requirements for products registered for chemigation; and
appropriate use of personal protective equipment associated with this type of application.
Certified agricultural row crop 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 complete two examinations before they can apply to the Department for a license. These examinations are a Core examination and an Agricultural Row Crop Pest Control category examination. The Core examination may be taken at any UF/IFAS Extension Office. The Agricultural Row Crop Pest Control examination may be taken at a UF/IFAS Extension Office that offers category examinations. No special qualifications must be met to take the examinations. There is no fee to take the examinations.
Manuals and study materials for Core and Agricultural Row Crop Pest Control applicators who will be taking exams may be obtained from the UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore by calling 1-800-226-1764 or online at http://www.ifasbooks.ufl.edu/. The content of the Core exam is based upon the manual Applying Pesticides Correctly (Figure 1). The content of the Agricultural Row Crop exam is based upon the manual Agricultural Row Crop Pest Control (Figure 2). Sample labels may be obtained from suppliers of pesticide products.
Applicators must recertify every four years. To recertify, applicators may take the examinations again or attend training and obtain 8 continuing education units (CEUs) approved for the Agricultural Row Crop Pest Control category and 4 CEUs approved for the Core category. Core CEUs can't be used to meet the required Agricultural Row Crop Pest Control CEUs. No substitutions of other types of CEUs are allowed. Opportunities to earn CEUs may be found at http://www.flaes.org/.
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Bureau of Licensing and Enforcement, 3125 Conner Drive, Bldg. 8, L-29, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1650, Phone: 850-617-7997, https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Business-Services/Pesticide-Licensing/Pesticide-Applicator-Licenses/Pesticide-Applicator-Certification-and-Licensing (accessed October 2018).
Florida Statutes, Chapter 487. Florida Pesticide Law. http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0400-0499/0487/0487ContentsIndex.html&StatuteYear=2016&Title=%2D%3E2016%2D%3EChapter%20487 (accessed October 2018).
University of Florida/IFAS Pesticide Information Office, P.O. Box 110710, Bldg. 164, Gainesville, FL 32611-0710, Phone: 352-392-4721, http://pested.ifas.ufl.edu/ (accessed October 2018).