Frequently Asked Questions about Pesticide Applicator Recertification

What is pesticide applicator Recertification?
Pesticide Applicator Recertification is a program of continuing education for pesticide applicators. Individuals who are Private Applicators or who apply Restricted Use Pesticides commercially, or who apply any pesticides in Category 3-Ornamental and Turf Pest Control, Category 5-Aquatic Pest Control, Category 7-Structural Pest Control and Category 8-Public Health Pest Control must receive continual training through recertification in order to remain certified.

How many recertification credits am I required to get in South Carolina?
Private applicators are required to earn 5 continuing certification hours (CCHs) in each five year block. Private applicator blocks run from calendar year 2010-2014, 2015-2019, etc. Commercial applicators and noncommercial applicators are required to earn 10 continuing certification hours (CCHs) in each five year block. Commercial and noncommercial blocks run from calendar year 2009-2013, 2014-2018, etc.

How do I get Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training?
Continuing Certification Hours (CCHs) can be earned by attending any Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR)-approved trainings conducted by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and others, attendance at approved schools, grower meetings, etc. A listing of these accredited trainings can be obtained from DPR. Extension recertification trainings are also posted by date and county on a Calendar of Statewide Extension Recertification Trainings found on this web site. You must call your local County Extension office to sign up for any of these trainings.

  • The person conducting the recertification training is responsible for obtaining credit approval for this training in advance from DPR. Attendance records will be sent to DPR by the trainer.
  • Pesticide applicators, themselves, are responsible for making sure they register their attendance at the training and for making sure they attend enough recertification trainings to receive license renewal.
  • DPR maintains a record of recertification credits for applicators. If a pesticide applicator does not complete the required number of recertification training hours in the set five-year block, he or she must be relicensed.

What do I have to do to get credit for my Recertification Training?
Be sure you register in-person when you are attending the training. Attendence records will be submitted to the Clemson University Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), the regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of FIFRA and the South Carolina Pesticide Control Act. DPR maintains a database of all Certified Pesticide Applicators in South Carolina and will apply your credit hours to your record.

Is there Recertification credit reciprocity between states?
Pesticide Applicators can receive recertification credits for professional meetings or other types of trainings outside of South Carolina. These meetings/trainings must first be submitted to DPR for approval at least 30 days prior to the meeting. DPR will assign the appropriate number of certification credit hours (CCHs) to each meeting/training that is submitted. The number of credits assigned by DPR may differ from the number of credits assigned by the state sponsoring the event.

If you plan to attend an out-of-state meeting or training and want or expect to obtain recertification credits for your South Carolina pesticide applicator license, contact the organizer for the meeting or training and ask them to apply for recertification credits in South Carolina. To request recertification credits for meetings/trainings outside the state of South Carolina, use the Request Form for Continuing Certification Hours (CCH) Training form found on the DPR web site. If you have questions, you may call DPR at (864)646-2150. Go to DPR Forms > >

What sorts of topics are covered under Pesticide Applicator Recertification?

  • Calibration, Maintenance, and Residue Removal
  • Environmental Fate of Pesticides
  • Groundwater Protection
  • Hazard Communication
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Pesticide Label Interpretation
  • MSDS for Pesticides
  • New Technology and New Regulations
  • Endangered Species and Wildlife Protection
  • Pesticide Recordkeeping
  • Reducing Pesticide Exposure (chronic/acute reduction and use of PPE)
  • Safety Planning and Emergency Response
  • Transport and Disposal of Pesticides and Rinsates
  • Worker Safety
  • Identification and Control of Target Pests
  • Pesticide Related Issues