STATE REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: Clemson University has taken over pesticide licensing for South Carolina. All links will lead to their page.


RENEWALS

Renewal Cycle: 

  • Commercial & Noncommercial: Annual
  • Private: 5 years

Renewal Deadline: 

  • Commercial & Noncommercial: December 31st.
  • Private: December 31st, 2019

Do I need continuing education credits to maintain my South Carolina pesticide applicators license?
Applicators must renew their licenses in 5-year cycles ending in 2019, 2024, 2029 etc The amount of CEUs necessary depends on the category in which applicators are certified.

  • 7A must obtain 20 CEUs, 12 of which must be in 7A.
  • 7B must obtain 10 CEUs, 3 of which must be in 7B
  • 3,5, & 8 must accumulate 10 CEUs, 3 of which must be in the corresponding category.
  • Applicators in other categories must accumulate 10 CEUs

Who submits my continuing education to the state?
Upon completion of your course(s), Certified Training Institute will submit your continuing education courses to the state for you.


INITIAL APPLICATION

How do I get my South Carolina pesticide applicator's license?

Commercial Applicators –

  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Step 2 – Register to take the exam
  • Step 3 – Pass state exam

Noncommercial Applicators –

  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Step 2 – Register to take the exam
  • Step 3 – Pass state exam

Private Applicators –

  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Step 2 – Register to take the exam
  • Step 3 – Complete proper training
  • Step 4 – Pass exam
  • Step 5 – Pay the pro-rated portion of the fee

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are your courses state approved?

Yes! All of our courses are state approved. Approval numbers are listed after the course title.

What classifications of applicator's licensing does South Carolina have?

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture recognizes the following classification of applicator licensing:

  • Commercial Applicators – Individuals who apply herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, or other types of pesticides to another person’s property as part of their employment.
  • Noncommercial Applicators – individuals who apply herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, or other pesticides to another person’s property as part of their job as a federal or state employee.
  • Private Applicators – Individuals who apply herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, or other types of pesticides to their own property.
What are the categories and subcategories for South Carolina pesticide licensing?

The State of South Carolina currently has 14 categories and subcategories for pesticide licensing. Applicators holding a commercial license will need to pass the core exam along with at least one of these specialties. Click here for more information.

(1A) Agricultural Pest Control
(2) Forest Pest Control
(3)Ornamental and Turf Pest Control
(4) Seed Treatment
(5) Aquatic Pest Control
(6) Right-of-Way Pest Control
(7A) Industrial, Institutional, Structural, and Health-Related Pest Control
(7B) Fumigation
(7) Public Health Pest Control
(8) Regulatory Pest Control
(9) Regulatory Pest Control
(10) Demonstration and Research Pest Control
(11)Aerial Applicator
(12) Wood Preservation

Does the State of South Carolina offer reciprocity with other states?

Yes! Residents of Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Virginia may apply for certification status with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.

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