Information for SC Private Applicators

How do I become licensed?

1- Take SC private applicator training and exam

To be certified as a private applicator, you must be at least 18 years-old, complete the proper training and pass an exam. Pay the pro-rated portion of the fee for the remainder of the five-year certification block in which the license is being issued.

2 - Have a valid SC commercial, non-commercial, or dealer license

If you have a SC commercial, non-commercial or dealer license, you may obtain a private applicator’s license by submitting the proper application form and paying the pro-rated portion of the fee for the remainder of the five-year certification block in which the license is being issued.  No additional training or exams are required.

3 - Reciprocate from another state

If you have a private pesticide applicator license in any other US state or territory, you may apply for a private applicator's license in South Carolina.  You must reside out of the state of SC to qualify for this method of licensing.

To apply for a private reciprocal license, you will need to complete and return the following items:

  • Reciprocal Private License Application
  • Affidavit Form
  • Provide a copy of your current pesticide license from the state in which you are reciprocating from
  • Private license fee is $8.00. You may pay the license fee online or mail a check/money order payable to: Clemson University to the address listed on the application. If you pay online, you may email your application and other required forms to Tammy Henderson at dprpa@clemson.edu.

4 - Be a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA)

If you are a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), you may receive a SC private applicator license based on this certification. Contact Tammy Henderson at dprpa@clemson.edu for further details.

How do I earn recertification credits?

Private applicator licenses are issued in five-year blocks that end in 2009, 2014, 2019 etc.  Licensing fees are pro-rated and expire at the end of the block in which they are issued.  You must complete five Continuing Certification Units (CCUs) of training during each five-year block.

How do I verify Continuing Certification Units (CCUs)?

Click here for the status of CCUs for the current five-year block.