Agricultural aerial applicators should be licensed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services through the Pesticide Certification Section of the Bureau of Compliance Monitoring. That department handles pesticide applicator certification and licensing to authorize the purchase and use of restricted use pesticides in agricultural and related sites.
Public Health licensing for mosquito control and other public health pest control are handled by Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control.
Licenses are obtained through testing and must be renewed every 4 years by Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or by retesting.
Licensees who renew their licenses with CEUs must earn 4 Core CEUs and 16 Aerial Application – Agricultural. (No substitutions of core/category CEUs are allowed.)
The FDACS website www.flaes.org also has a public search available where you can look for available classes, check on your CEUs earned, and check the expiration date of your license.
Stephen H. Futch is an Extension agent at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred. He keeps 4 current CEU articles posted at citrusagents.ifas.ufl.edu/info/CEU%20Testing.htm. Just follow the link for the articles. Each article provides 1 CEU.
Your FAAA strives to offer opportunities for members to earn enough CEUs to renew your license within the 4 year period.
We maintain records for all members who attend FAAA sponsored programs that are approved for CEUs. Don’t hesitate to contact FAAA Headquarters if you have any questions.