. I was at my Mechanic's yesterday when the subject came up. He has known me a very long time and said I had paid dearly for mine. Besides hiring a CPO and starting by own Pesticide company, I kept them long after I went back to college to get a Degree and the Education to pass the Test. In Florida even if you have a PhD in Entomology you must work under a CPO for one year to qualify to sit for the test. From scratch you must have 3 years working under a CPO. The Local Rent A License company has fought all the legal battles and uses all the Loop holes. But it is a $ 2500 Buy in and over a Hundred dollars for a monthly Fee to cover office expenses. Then all work must be billed so payment goes to them and their Percentage for each job is taken right off the top. In addition each Tech must take a training class on Thursday each and every week. There are 3 Rent A License companies in the state that I know of that are Legal or using the Loopholes correctly to stay under the wire for now. I know there are countless Rent A Licenses that are totally illegal. As a General rule a CPO who might just work in the office or train Techs etc is worth $ 50K plus benefits to start. As a one man part time band I make $ 50K. With good marketing and a few techs, the sky is the limit. SO WHAT IS A PESTICIDE CERTIFICATION WORTH TO YOU???? How much would you willing to do or pay to be able to sit and past the CPO test?? BTW I would like feed back from CPO as well as non-CPO. I was a grass cutter the day I got my Pesticide License. As soon as I started offering insect and weed control my business doubled in size over night and kept on growing until Hurricane Charlie liked it better than I did.