Providing services as a pest control technician requires unique knowledge and skills. From handling chemicals and pesticides to avoiding getting bitten or stung by scorpions, spiders, and other dangerous pests, the essence of the job is the exposition to risk.
In this article, you will find the essentials of pest control licensing in Florida.
Pest Control Licensing in Florida – Taking a Closer Look
Florida Statutes §482.071 (1) provides that “the department may issue licenses to qualified businesses to engage in the business of pest control in this state. It is unlawful for any person to operate a pest control business that is not licensed by the department.”
Pest control licenses are regulated and issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). Surprisingly, applicants do not necessarily need to attend a specific training school or course to apply for licensing with the state.
As provided by Florida Statutes §482.132 (1), “the department may award a pest control operator’s certificate to an individual who:
- Has passed the examinations prescribed by the department
- Submits to the department proof that she or he is not under the disability of minority
- Is qualified to be a certified operator with regard to the safety of persons and property, and
- Is otherwise qualified under the provisions of this chapter and the rules made pursuant to this chapter”
Different subcategories of pest control licenses have specific eligibility requirements for applicants. After obtaining approval from FDACS, pest control licensees must renew their licenses every four years, paying the applicable renewal fee for their category.
Pest Control Licensing in Florida – Types of Licenses
Pest Control Business License
If you want to own a legal entity dedicated to pest control services in Florida, you must apply for a “Pest Control Business Operator” license with the FDACS. Whether you are seeking to enter the segment by transfer or start a new pest control business from scratch, this license applies to both cases.
Limited Governmental/Private Applicator License
Individuals seeking employment by private pest control companies or government agencies must apply for a Limited Governmental/Private Applicator” license. With this license in hand, a pest control agent can operate with restricted and general materials.
Commercial Landscape Applicator License
Commercial landscapers seeking authorization to apply pesticides on plant beds and ornamental plants must apply for a “Commercial Landscape Applicator” license. This license is generally used for pest control purposes in commercial buildings like:
- Apartment building
- Condominium common areas
- Grocery stores
Limited Fertilizer License
Restricted-use pesticides cannot be used without a proper license. Whether you are the owner of private property or want to work as a government employee, the “Limited Fertilizer Applicator” license is the option of choice.
Limited Commercial Wildlife Management License
As specified by Florida Statutes §1482.157 (1), “the department shall establish a limited certificate that authorizes a person who engages in the commercial trapping of wildlife to use nonchemical methods, including traps, mechanical or electronic devices, and exclusionary techniques to control commensal rodents.”
Do You Want to Obtain a Florida Pest Control License? – Immediately Seek Expert Legal Guidance
Identifying the best route to obtain a pest control license can be a challenging task if you do not have proper legal guidance. Contact Attorney Romy B. Jurado by calling (305) 921-0976 or emailing [email protected] to find the best licensing strategy for your case.