From schools to farms, pest control technicians work in a variety of settings. If you’re considering a career in this growing industry, submit an application for a South Carolina pest control license.
Licensed pest control technicians receive fair wages and impact their communities. Learn more about the South Carolina pest control industry by reading this guide.
South Carolina requires all restricted-use and state limited-use pesticide applicators to be licensed.
South Carolina pest control applicator license categories are:
Commercial applicator license
Non-commercial applicator license
Business applicator license
Private applicator license
Dealer applicator license
Commercial applicator licensees are authorized to apply restricted-use pesticides to commercial and residential property for compensation or as part of a pest control job. The license fee is $50 per applicant.
Non-commercial applicator licensees are authorized to apply herbicides, rodenticides, pesticides, and insecticides as local, county, state, or federal government employees. The license fee is $50 per applicant.
Business applicator licensees are authorized to operate a business that applies restricted-use pesticides on another person's property. The license fee is $200.
Private applicator licensees are authorized to apply restricted-use pesticides on their own property if they produce agricultural commodities. The license fee is $6.00.
Dealer licensees are authorized to sell and distribute pesticides. The license fee is between $100 and $300.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old. South Carolina applicator licenses are issued by the South Carolina Department of Pesticide Regulation.
The average yearly pay for South Carolina pest control technicians is approximately $35,000.
Before you apply for a South Carolina pest control license, determine the type of license you need. Take an exam (if necessary), submit the appropriate application, and pay the fee.
South Carolina pest control training courses and programs:
South Carolina pesticide certification and recertification course costs: Expect to pay between $30 and $150 per course.
Have a high school diploma or equivalent
Be at least 18 years old
Possess a valid South Carolina identification card or driver's license
Be employed by a licensed business
Provide proof of financial responsibility (commercial and business licensees)
Pass required examination
Manage pesticide application schedules
Mix open containers of restricted-use pesticides
Apply insecticides, rodenticides, and pesticides to residential and commercial properties
Transport and maintain pesticide equipment
Prepare pesticide service estimates
Maintain positive customer relationships
South Carolina testing location: South Carolina pesticide applicator tests are administered at various locations throughout the state by Metro Institute.
South Carolina license examination requirements: Expect to pay between $50 and $100 for each exam. Applicants must be at least 18 years old to sit for the exam.
South Carolina examination content:
South Carolina Pest Control Laws and Regulations
Restricted-Use Pesticide Safety
Federal Pesticide Laws
Livestock and Pasture Pests
General Pesticide Questions
South Carolina examination resources:
Jobs in the South Carolina pest control industry include:
Licensed Pest Control Manager
Licensed Termite Inspector
Pest Control Trainee
Termite Treatment Specialist
Lawn Care Spray Technician
Top websites to find a job in the pest control industry:
The hourly pay rate for a pest control technician in South Carolina is $17.76.
Job interview and search tips:
Proofread your resume for grammatical and spelling errors
Hire a professional to write your resume
Search for jobs on pest control company websites
Wear professional clothing.
Pest control industry trends include:
Train employees on customer service best practices
Research local pests and effective elimination techniques
Show customers how to prevent pest infestations
Automate scheduling and billing systems to expedite services
Attend trade shows and meetings to remain competitive
South Carolina pest control technicians face the following hazards:
Aggressive pests with diseases
Chemical exposure and spills
On-the-job injuries (slipping and falling)
Exposure to extreme weather conditions
Pest control safety tips:
Keep pesticides away from open flames
Read and follow all pesticide directions
Wear protective clothing.
South Carolina has reciprocal pest control license agreements with the following states:
Renew your South Carolina pest control license every two years. Expect to pay between $6 and $200 for license renewal.
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