2018 Paper Exam Schedule

Exams for Commercial Pesticide Applicators and Dealers consist of two parts: a general knowledge "Core" exam, covering pesticide labels, environmental factors, knowledge of pesticides and pests, pesticide laws, pesticide equipment and pesticide application techniques, and safe pesticide use; and a "category" or "dealer" exam covering specific areas of pesticide expertise. Test questions for exams are derived from category training material and professional expertise.

Participants will be required to pre-pay and pre-register with either a check or money order no less than two weeks prior to the exam session. Credit cards are not accepted. Photo ID is required (e.g. driver's license). Exams begin at 9:30am and last 3 hours.

Fees are:

  • Core and one category - $100
  • One category and additional categories - $50
  • Core only - $75
  • Student (with proof of status) - $38

Current applicators may test in the additional categories provided they have pre-paid and pre-registered for them. Training material is available through the Bulletin Room for a fee. This can be ordered from our website, county extension offices or call 864.656.3261 or 1.888.772.2665. Materials should be ordered well in advance. No training is provided at the exam session.

Certified Commercial Licensed Applicators who sell restricted-use pesticides must also be licensed as pesticide dealers. Applicators requiring a dealer's license should contact the Department of Pesticide Regulation for an application.

The exams may also be taken at a testing center on a computer. There is no set time as they are ongoing. Pre-registration is required via email or phone. Submit the name, address, phone number, social security number and exams being taken. An ID number will be issued.

The results are known immediately upon completion of the exam. The paperwork will be sent via email or mail once the exam has been passed. The current testing centers are:

Aiken Technical College
ECPI College of Technology in N CharlestonFlorence-Darlington Technical College
Greenville Technical College
Horry-Georgetown Technical College
Midlands Technical College
Piedmont Technical College
Williamsburg Technical College
Walterboro Extension Office

Please call 864.646.2164 or email dprexams@clemson.edu to pre-register. DO NOT CONTACT THE TESTING CENTER.

Testing Centers

February 7 - USDA Vegetable Lab
2700 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29414

March 21 - Beaufort County Extension Office
18 John Galt Circle
Beaufort, SC 29906

April 25 - Anderson County Extension Office
313 South Towers Street
Anderson, SC 29624

June 13 - Clemson University
Livestock Poultry Health
500 Clemson Road
Columbia, SC 29229

Oct 10 - Greenville Ext Office
301 University Ridge
Suite 4300
Greenville, SC 29601