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How do I get a commercial pesticide license in South Carolina?  There are 2 ways to obtain a commercial license in SC:

A.)    Take SC Exams, then complete the application process.  or

B.)    Reciprocate on your current pesticide license from a state in which SC has a reciprocal agreement.


For Option A:  Taking SC exams?

You will need to take the Core and Category exams.  To register to take the exams you will need to contact Holly Lizotte at hlizott@clemson.edu or 864-646-2164.  If needed, study material can be ordered through PSA Publications at Clemson’s Marketplace.

Once exams have been completed and passed, the required forms for a commercial pesticide license will be mailed or emailed to the examinee.  To apply for a commercial license, you will need to return the completed forms with your payment to our licensing department.

To apply for a commercial license you will need to complete and return the following items:

  1. Commercial/Non-commercial Pesticide License Application
  2. Evidence of Financial Responsibility Form
    -This form is to be completed by the insurance company and is REQUIRED for all new applicators
  3. Licensing Fee
    -In instances where more than one commercial applicator works for a commercial firm or organization, and they all work out of the same location, one individual is certified for a $50 fee and the other individuals may be certified for $10 per category up to a maximum of $50 per individual.  A separate application and required forms must be submitted for each applicator.

For Option B:  Reciprocating from another state?

To obtain a reciprocal commercial pesticide license, you must have a current license from one of the states in which South Carolina has a reciprocal agreement with and complete the following forms to apply for a reciprocal license.  

To apply for a reciprocal license you will need to complete and return the following items:

  1. Reciprocal License Application
  2. Evidence of Financial Responsibility form
    -This form is to be completed by the insurance company and is REQUIRED for all new applicators
  3. Affidavit
  4. Copy of current pesticide license from the state in which you are reciprocating from
  5. Licensing fee
    -In instances where more than one commercial applicator works for a commercial firm or organization,   and they all work out of the same location, one individual is certified for a $50 fee and the other individuals may be certified for $10 per category up to a maximum of $50 per individual.  A separate application and required forms must be submitted for each applicator.

(Please note that if you have taken category 7A and are applying for a 7A – Structural Pest Control Business license or applying to be a DCA, there are additional forms you will need that can be found on our business licensing page.

For commercial and/or business licensing questions not found on this website, contact Connie Kelley at ckelley@clemson.edu or 864-646-2155 or contact Karen Claflin at kclafli@clemson.edu or 864-646-2137.