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 an application form, 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 $10.00. 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 or fax them to (864) 646-2179.
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 Ms. Tammy Henderson 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.