Public Health Information

Public health applicators must be licensed in SC Category 8 before applying any pesticides. Performing public health pest control activities includes, but is not limited to, the use of any pesticide to control or destroy any pest of public health significance, such as large-scale rodent control, mosquito control, and black fly control.  This includes installing devices, as well as soliciting, advertising, or making sales proposals in any form for any services involving the use of pesticides.

If you apply any herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, or other pesticides to another person’s property 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 herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, or other pesticides to another person’s property 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.

Rules & Regulations for the Enforcement of the SC Pesticide Control Act (315kb, pdf)

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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 Road
Pendleton, 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.