Information for Landscape & Turf Professionals

If you own a landscaping business, work for a golf course, or if you are a government employee and get paid to apply herbicides, insecticides, or other pesticides to turf or ornamental trees and shrubs on someone else’s property, you are required to be licensed.  Even if you "only spray a little Round-Up®," the laws passed in 2006 require you to be licensed.

If you only perform lawn manicuring services such as mowing, trimming, hedge cutting, raking, or leaf blowing, you do not have to be licensed.  In fact, if you only apply pesticides every now and then, you may want to consider dropping this service from your business.

DPR Territory Map (179kb, pdf)

Exam Information for SC Applicator's License

Pre-Registration and Fee Information

Examinees must prepay and pre-register no less than two weeks prior to the exam session. You will not be allowed to take the exam without pre-registering.  Personnel at exam sessions will not accept payment. If you have already passed the core exam in a previous exam session, you may take additional category exams at the session you have pre-registered for.

Make your check or money order payable to Clemson University and mail to:

Exam Registration
Department of Pesticide Regulation
511 Westinghouse RoadPendleton, SC 29670

Do not send cash. Cash will not be accepted.

Exam fees:

Core Exam and one category $100.00
Core only $75.00
Each additional categories $50.00
Categories 12A, 12B, and 12D $50.00
Dealer Exam $50.00

Bona fide students may pay a reduced fee of $38.00 for the core exam and one category; $50.00 for additional each additional categories. Students must show proof of current student status.