Information for Aquatic Applicators
Aquatic applicators must be licensed in SC Category 5 before applying any pesticides. Performing aquatic pest control activities includes, but is not limited to, the use of any pesticide to control or prevent any pest of publicly or privately owned waters. This includes ponds, lakes, oceans, rivers, streams, reservoirs, and impoundments, regardless as to whether the bodies of water are navigable or not.
If you apply any pesticides to any body of water as part of your job and/or for compensation, you are a Commercial Applicator and must be licensed in the state of South Carolina.
If you apply any pesticides to any body of water as part of your job and you are a federal or state government employee, you are a Non-Commercial Applicator. You must pass the same exams as required for Commercial Applicators. You are not required to carry the same financial responsibility as Commercial Applicators.