2011 Commercial/Noncommercial Pesticide Applicator Certification Exam Schedule

Information from the Department of Pesticide Regulation
  • Pre-Registration is required. Participants will be required to prepay and pre-register with either a CHECK or MONEY ORDER no less than TWO weeks (this only applies to the paper exam) prior to the exam session. THE DEPARTMENT OF PESTICIDE REGULATION DOES NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS.
  • Fees are: Core & One Category - $100.00; One Category & Additional Categories - $50.00 each; Core ONLY - $75.00; Students with proof of status - $75.
  • All participants must present a photo ID (e.g. driver's license) at the exam session.
  • Exams begin at 9:30 a.m.
  • Exam sessions lasts three hours.

Current applicators may test in additional categories provided they have PREPAID AND PRE-REGISTERED FOR THEM.

Training material is available through the Bulletin Room for a fee. You can order from our website, through your county extension office or call (864.656.3261) or (1.888.772.2665). Materials should be ordered well in advance. No training is provided at the exam session.

Certified Commercial Applicators who sell restricted use pesticides must also be licensed as pesticide dealers. Applicators requiring a dealer’s license should contact the Dept. of Pesticide Regulation for an application.

Exams for Commercial Pesticide Applicators & dealers consist of two parts: a general knowledge “Core” exam covering pesticide labels, environmental factors, knowledge of pesticides and pests, pesticide laws, pesticide equipment and pesticide application techniques, and safe pesticide use; and a “category” or “dealer” exam covering specific areas of pesticide expertise.

Test questions for exams are derived from category training material and professional experience.

The exam dates and locations are as follows:

Training Date


Jan. 12

Coastal Research & Education Center
2700 Savannah Hwy., Room 125
Charleston, SC

Mar. 2

Piedmont Technical College
Room 136B, Continuing Ed. Auditorium
620 N Emerald Street
Greenwood, SC

Apr. 20

National Guard Armory
1255 Bluff Road
Columbia, SC

Jun. 8

Agricultural Facility
1949 Industrial Park Rd
1 Mile N of Hwy 701/Hwy 319 split
Conway, SC
Jul. 27
Greenville Technical College
Tech Resource Center , Barton Campus
S. Pleasantburg Dr./Hwy 291
Greenville, SC
Sep. 14
Pee Dee Research & Education Center
Room 279 & 282
Exit 169 North, 1-95
Florence, SC

Nov. 2

National Guard Armory
1255 Bluff Road
Columbia, SC

You can also take the exam at a testing center on a Computer. The current testing centers are:

  • Aiken Technical College
  • ECPI College of Technology in N Charleston
  • Florence-Darlington Technical College
  • Greenville Technical College
  • Horry-Georgetown Technical College
  • Midlands Technical College
  • Piedmont Technical College
  • Williamsburg Technical College

Please call Holly Lizotte at 864.646.2164 or e-mail hlizott@clemson.edu to pre-register.