FLORIDA MOSQUITO CONTROL Public Health Training and Certification

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Public Health Training and Certification

     Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
     CHARLES H. BRONSON, Commissioner
     The Capitol •Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
                        Licensures and Certifications for Mosquito Control

                   Public Health Pest Control (PHPC) license

License requirements: In accordance with F.A.C. Chapter 5E-13.040, all
persons who apply or supervise the application of a pesticide intended to control
arthropods on property other than their own individual residential or agricultural
property must be licensed to do so or work under the supervision of a licensed
The PHPC license is issued by the Mosquito Control Section in the Bureau of
Entomology and Pest Control (BEPC).

The PHPC license is required whether pesticides applied are restricted use or
for general use. This category includes public applicators using or supervising
the use of ground applications to control mosquitoes, midges, sand flies, dog
flies, yellow flies, or other biting flies, etc, as well as aquatic insecticide
applications to control aquatic stages of public health pests (larviciding).
Application of restricted use aquatic herbicides for plant control or removal
requires an Aquatic license issued by the Bureau of Compliance Monitoring
(BCM), under F.S. Chapter 487.

Compliance: Pesticide applications must be accurately recorded and kept on file
for minimum of 3 years, per Section 5E-13.040(8). Other criteria for safety
training, worker protection, and justification for adulticide applications are
spelled out in Chapter 5E-13 F.A.C. License holders are responsible for
understanding and complying with all their requirements under the law.

Examinations: In order to obtain the PHPC license, applicants must pass two
exams administered by the Department with a score of 70% or above. These
are the General Standards (Core) and the Public Health Pest Control exams.
There are no fees to take the exams; however, applicants will need to show a
valid photo I.D. such as a driver’s license in order to take the exams. Exams
may be taken at local county extension offices, at the BEPC office in
Tallahassee, or at regional training workshops. Prospective applicants should
contact our office prior to examination to ensure they meet all requirements and
have the appropriate study material.

Exam scores are not given over the phone; notification letters and licenses are
mailed directly to the applicant. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing of exams
and licenses.

                         Licensures and Certifications for Mosquito Control

Study materials: The Public Health Pest Control study manual is available free
of charge through our office. The study manual for the Core exam, Applying
Pesticides Correctly, may be purchased through the UF/IFAS Education
Resources Bookstore, or from the Florida Mosquito Control Association

Core Exam Exemptions: The only applicants exempt from taking the Core exam
are those who have either passed the Core within the past 1 year, or hold a
valid license issued through the Bureau of Compliance Monitoring., under F.S.
Chapter 487. Pest Control Operators licensed by BEPC under F.S. 482 do not
qualify for Core exam exemption.

Contact and Employment Information: PHPC licenses will not be issued without
complete and accurate contact and employment information. License holders
must keep their contact and employment information updated and accurate with
our office. Failure to do so will result in inactivation of the license.

Continuing Education: In order to maintain a valid license in compliance with
F.A.C. Chapter 5E-13, license holders must obtain continuing education in
public health category. Qualifying workshops, approved by the Department, will
award Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to attendees. PHPC license holders
must earn 16 CEUs in the category of Public Health during their 4 year license

At the end of each approved workshop (or workshop session), a Record of
Attendance form will be signed by the approved trainer and handed out to
PHPC license holders. License holders should make a copy of this form for their
records and submit the signed original to the BEPC Mosquito Control Section
immediately. License holders are responsible for keeping track of their CEUs
(and all other responsibilities under Chapter 5E-13). CEUs will not be recorded
for attendees who have not submitted such a form. CEUs will also not be
recorded for training taken prior to license issuance.

License Renewal: A renewal PHPC license will be sent automatically to license
holders who have completed at least 16 CEUs during their 4 year license
period. Failure to do so will result in inactivation of the license. Failure to earn
16 CEUs will result in expiration of the license; our office may not necessarily
send a reminder to those license holders who have not earned enough CEUs.

                         Licensures and Certifications for Mosquito Control

                            Public Health Aerial License

All persons conducting public health arthropod control by air must obtain a
Public Health (PH) Aerial license. In order to obtain the PH Aerial license,
applicants must obtain the PHPC license and pass a third examination, the
Aerial exam. All exams may be taken at local county extension offices, at
regional workshops, or at the BEPC office by appointment. The Aerial
Application study packet may be purchased from UF/IFAS Education Resources
or the FMCA. Issued PH Aerial licenses are valid only as long as the PHPC
license also remains valid (see above requirements for PHPC). Renewals are
sent together with the PHPC renewals.

                    Advanced Inspector/ Sprayer Certification

Individuals with advanced training in public health pest control may elect to
obtain an advanced certification. This designation provides the individual with a
wall-sized certificate and an emblem patch for their uniform. To obtain this
certification, applicants must hold a valid PHPC license and pass the Advanced
Public Health Exam with a score of 70% or better. This exam may not be taken
more than once in any 4 month period. Study materials for this exam are the
Public Health Pest Control Applicator manual, F.S. Chapter 388, and F.A.C.
Chapter 5E-13, all of which may be obtained through our office free of charge.

The Advanced Certification is valid only as long as the PHPC license also
remains valid. This certificate is not required for application of pesticides.

                            DACS’ Director Certification

Certification Requirements: This certification is not necessary for anyone other
than applicants who wish to become director of a county or district mosquito
control program. Individuals applying for a position as director must provide to
their prospective employer a valid DACS Director’s Certificate. If this
certification is not obtained prior to appointment, a grace period of 6 months is
allowed by the Department. If by that time the certification has not been
obtained, the program will fall into noncompliance and may lose state approved
                        Licensures and Certifications for Mosquito Control

Examination: To obtain the certification, applicants must pass the DACS
Director Examination with a score of 70% or better. Applicants must hold a valid
PHPC license and obtain prior approval through our office before taking the
exam. The certificate is valid, provided the PHPC license is also kept valid.

The Director’s exam may not be taken more than once in any 4 month period.
Study materials for this exam are the Florida Mosquito Control Handbook
(available for purchase through the FMCA), F.S. Chapter 388, and Chapter 5E-
13 F.A.C. Please contact our office directly for more information regarding
director qualification requirements.

Printed Resources Available from Our Office:

  • Public Health Pest Control Manual -- study manual for the PHPC license
  • Pesticide Applicator Certification and Licensing in Florida – manual
  • “How to Get Licensed to Perform Mosquito Control in Florida” – brochure
  • Public Health Review Session –DVD
  • Adult Mosquito Identification – a PowerPoint presentation as handouts
  • Chapter 5E-13 F.A.C.
  • F.S. Chapter 388

Other Helpful Resources:

  • www.flaes.org – CEU Class Search, important meeting announcements,
    the BEPC homepage, the Mosquito Control Directory, pesticide usage
    reports, and other useful information.
  • www.floridamosquito.org – the FMCA homepage

                      Licensures and Certifications for Mosquito Control

                            Count Extension Offices

Alachua County IFAS Extension
2800 NE 39th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32609-2658
352 – 955-2402

Baker County IFAS Extension
Mike Sweat
1025 West Macclenny
Avenue Macclenny, FL 32063-9640
904- 259-3520

Bay County IFAS Extension
Ken Rudisill
647 Jenks Avenue Suite A
Panama City FL 32401
850 – 784-6105

Bradford County IFAS Extension
2266 North Temple Ave
Starke, FL 32091 - 1216
904 – 966-6299

Brevard County IFAS Extension
3695 Lake Drive
Cocoa, Florida 32926
321 – 633-1702

Broward County IFAS Extension
3245 College Ave
Davie, FL 33314
954 – 370-3725

Calhoun County IFAS Extension
20816 Central Avenue East, Suite 1
Blountstown, FL 32424
850 – 674-8323

                      Licensures and Certifications for Mosquito Control

Charlotte County IFAS Extension
25550 Harbor View Road, Suite 3
Port Charlotte, Florida 33980
941 – 764-4340

Citrus County IFAS Extension
3650 W. Sovereign Path Suite 1
Lecanto, FL 34461
352 – 726-2141

Clay County IFAS Extension
2463 State Road 16 W
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043-0278
904 – 284-6355

Collier County IFAS Extension
Attn: Linda Hetrick
14700 Immokalee Road
Naples, FL 34120
239 – 353-4244

Columbia County IFAS Extension
Don Goode
164 SW Mary Ethel Lane
Lake City, FL 32025
386 – 752-5384

DeSoto County IFAS Extension
Anna Beswick
PO Box 310
Arcadia, FL 34265-0310
863 – 993-4846

Dixie County IFAS Extension
P.O. Box 640
Cross City, FL 32628
352 – 498-1237

                       Licensures and Certifications for Mosquito Control

Duval County IFAS Extension
Pam Mattis
1010 N McDuff Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32254
904 – 387-8850
Escambia County IFAS Extension
Beth Bolles/ Libbie Johnson
3740 Stefani Road
Cantonment, FL 32533-7792
850 – 475-5230

Flagler County IFAS Extension
Mark Warren
150 Sawgrass Rd.
Bunnell, FL 32110
386 – 437-7464

Franklin County IFAS Extension
66 Fourth Street
Apalachicola, FL 32320
850 – 653-9337

Gadsden County IFAS Extension
2140 W. Jefferson Street
Quincy, FL 32351-1905
850 – 875-7255

Gilchrist County IFAS Extension
PO Box 157
Trenton, FL 32693-0157
352 – 463-3174

Glades County IFAS Extension
Attn: Shelley Humphries
PO Box 549
Moore Haven, FL 33471
863 – 946-0244

                      Licensures and Certifications for Mosquito Control

Gulf County IFAS Extension
P.O. Box 250
Wewahitchka, FL 32465
850 – 639-3200

Hamilton County IFAS Extension
Allen Tyree
1143 US Hwy 41 NW
Jasper, FL 32052
386 – 792-1276

Hardee County IFAS Extension
Mary Alderman
507 Civic Center Drive
Wauchula, FL 33873
863 – 773-2164

Hendry County IFAS Extension
P.O. Box 68
LaBelle, Florida 33975
863 – 674-4092

Hernando County IFAS Extension
Lilly Browning
19490 Oliver Street
Brooksville, FL 34601
352 – 754-4433

Highlands County IFAS Extension
Gary Mikulecky
4509 George Blvd.
Sebring, FL 33875
863 – 402-6540

Hillsborough County IFAS Extension
5339 S. County Road 579
Seffner, FL 33584
813 – 744-5519

                      Licensures and Certifications for Mosquito Control

Holmes County IFAS Extension
Shep Eubanks
201 N. Oklahoma Street Suite 203
Bonifay, FL 32425-2295
850 – 547-1108

Indian River Co. IFAS Extension
Joan Benson
1028 20th Place, Suite D
Vero Beach, Fl 32960-5360
772 – 770-5030

Jackson County IFAS Extension
Barbara Pledger
2741 Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 3
Marianna, FL 32448
850 – 482-9620

Jefferson County IFAS Extension
Joanne Demott
275 North Mulberry St.
Monticello, FL 32344
850 – 342-0187

Lafayette County IFAS Extension
176 SW Community Circle Suite D
Mayo, FL 32066-1901
386 – 294-1279

Lake County IFAS Extension
John Jackson
1951 Woodlea Road
Tavares, FL 32778
352 – 343-4101

                      Licensures and Certifications for Mosquito Control

Lee County IFAS Extension
Peggy Cruz
3406 Palm Beach Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33916
239 – 461-7500

Leon County IFAS Extension
Genice Harris
615 Paul Russell Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32301-7099
850 – 487-3003

Levy County IFAS Extension
P. O. Box 219
Bronson FL 32621
352 – 486-5131

Liberty County IFAS Extension
Monica Brinkley
P.O. Box 369
Bristol, FL 32321
850 – 643-2229

Madison County IFAS Extension
902 College Dr
Madison, FL 32340
850 – 973-4138

Manatee County IFAS Extension
Phyllis Gilreath
1303 17th Street West
Palmetto, FL 34221
941 – 722-4524

Marion County IFAS Extension
Anne McNeill
2232 NE Jacksonville Road
Ocala, FL 34470-3615
352 – 620-3440

                      Licensures and Certifications for Mosquito Control

Martin County IFAS Extension
John Alleyne
2614 SE Dixie Hwy
Stuart, FL 34996

Miami-Dade Co. IFAS Extension
Mary Lamberts
18710 SW 288 Street
Homestead, FL 33030
305 – 248-3311

Monroe Country IFAS Extension
1100 Simonton Street # 2-260
Key West, Fl 33040
305 – 292-4501

Nassau County IFAS Extension
Becky Jordi
543350 US Highway 1
Callahan, FL 32011
904 – 879-1019

Okaloosa County IFAS Extension
Gerald Edmondson
5479 Old Bethel Road
Crestview, FL 32536-5512
850 – 689-5850

Okeechobee County IFAS Extension
Dan Culbert
458 Hwy 98 North
Okeechobee, FL 34972-2303
863 – 763-6469

Orange County IFAS Extension
Celeste White
2350 E. Michigan Street
Orlando, FL 32806
407 – 836-7570
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Osceola County Extension
Osceola Heritage Park
1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34744-8947
407 – 846-4181

Palm Beach Co. IFAS Extension
Darrin Parmenter
559 North Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33415-1311
561 – 233-1712

Palm Beach County Extension
Belle Glade Office
2976 SR 15
Belle Glade, FL 33430

Pasco County IFAS Extension
Marylee Capparelli
36702 State Road 52
Dade City, FL 33525
352 – 521-4288

Pinellas County IFAS Extension
Paula Jensen
12520 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33774
727 – 582-2100

Polk County Extension Service
P.O. Box 9005 Drawer HS03
Bartow FL 33830
863 – 519-8677

Putnam County IFAS Extension
Susan Goolsby
111 Yelvington Road Suite 1
East Palatka, FL 32131-8892
386 – 329-0318

                      Licensures and Certifications for Mosquito Control

St Johns County IFAS Extension
Tom Donovan
3125 Agricultural Center Drive
St. Augustine, FL. 32092
904 – 209-0430

St Lucie County IFAS Extension
Kent Gioeli
8400 Picos Road Suite 101
Fort Pierce, FL 34945-3045
561 – 462-1660

Santa Rosa County IFAS Extension
Mike Donahoe
6263 Dogwood Drive
Milton, FL 32570-3500
850 – 623-3868

Sarasota County IFAS Extension
6700 Clarke Road
Sarasota, Florida 34241
941 – 861-5000

Seminole County IFAS Extension
Richard Tyson
250 West County Home Road
Sanford, FL 32773
407 – 665-5554

Sumter County IFAS Extension
Gary England/ Susan Kelly
7620 S.R. 471 Suite 2
Bushnell, FL 33513
352 – 793-2728

Suwannee County IFAS Extension
Diane McMillan
302 11th Street, SW
Live Oak, Florida 32064
386 – 362-2771
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Taylor County IFAS Extension
Clay Olson
203 Forest Park Drive
Perry, FL 32348
850 – 838-3508

Union County IFAS Extension
25 N.E. 1st Street
Lake Butler, FL 32054-1701
386 – 496-2321

Volusia County IFAS Extension
Jeanny Blanchard
3100 East New York Avenue
DeLand, Florida 32724-6497
386 – 822-5778

Wakulla County IFAS Extension
Dale Bennett
84 Cedar Avenue
Crawfordville, FL 32327
850 – 926-3931

Walton County IFAS Extension
732 N. 9th Street
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
850 – 892-8172

Washington County IFAS Extension
Andy Andreasen
1424 Jackson Ave Suite A
Chipley, FL 32428-1615
850 – 638-6180

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