Liscensing in South FL blues

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by abadiet, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. abadiet

    abadiet LawnSite Member
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    So heres the deal i recently got out the navy and started to work for my fathers company we do everything as far as property maintenance. Which includes pest control that we have been subcontracting out to a family member, but he has recently been more and more unreliable and im to the point were im tired having to waste time through missed appointment etc. So i started researching on how i could go about getting my liscense and turns out that i need 3yrs experiance with a liscensed applicator or a 4 year degree in entomology. My problem is i work full time manageing the company and although i am working on a degree its not entomology. So am i screwed? Any other way expidite the process? I would love to get this liscense but it seems it may be just out of my reach:dizzy:
     
  2. abadiet

    abadiet LawnSite Member
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    Bump, bump the thread bump it up, lets get this party started. Come on fellas need some direction
     
  3. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    abadiet

    As a Fla CPO I am not sure what to tell you. There are reasons for the Fla Certification laws. As a property manager, you wouldn't hire an unlicensed electrician to make repairs and you wouldn't keep using one who didn't do the job.

    So you have two options. Hire an other company or hire a CPO and apply for your own license with that $ 50,000 a year CPO as your CPOIC.
     
  4. abadiet

    abadiet LawnSite Member
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    wow, that kind of stinks i wonder how all those little pest control companies running around here all over the place got thiers, probably un liscensed
     
  5. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Work for another company for 3 years then take the test. There is a guy in here that is offering to be a ghost operator to get you your time but it costs money in turn for that.

    Look around in your area for someone that is looking to retire and get them to sign on and teach you the ropes.

    There are ways but you need to do it right and get the knowledge to go with the license.
     
  6. abadiet

    abadiet LawnSite Member
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    I agree, having the knowledge is important but it almost seems that unless you have 3 years time or money to pay someone your up the creek with out a paddle. I did come across a class that said they would liscense you in 6hours seemed a little off so i didnt go but is this in fact legit. My scanner decided not to work today so i took a picture

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  7. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That is what I have. It is just for flower beds maintenance. Nothing over signal word Caution can be used and you cannot advertise that you can do this. No signs or anything.

    It is worth having so that you can carry roundup and bifen but you cannot spray on the turf only the plants.
     
  8. abadiet

    abadiet LawnSite Member
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    and having that particular liscense for three years wont go towards the 3 years experiance required to get the full liscense will it? that would almost be kind of "to easy"
     
  9. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Right, it will not get you even one second closer to the 3 years.

    For good reason, it will not teach you anything you need to know about applying pesticides to turf over large areas near water or areas with animals and children.

    You also cannot use Warning/Danger labeled chemicals so you get ZERO experience at applying those. You really don't want to be involved in messing with these and not know what you are doing.
     
  10. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yo

    There are Loop holes in the law, but I am not going to post them. I worked hard and legal to get my certification and I prize it too much to tell the world how to beat the system.

    I already read too many posts here by people who don't have the first clue and are certified. Why would I want to add to that ignorance by telling how to beat the system. If you want to play game, then pay the price. BTW It cost as much to work the loop holes as doing it right in the first place.
     

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