Non-Commercial Applicator Licensing

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)

Renew Your License
Department of Pesticide Regulation Enforcement Matrix (38kb, 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 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.