Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is a PAT number and how do I get one?​

A. A PAT number is given to every training material that is purchased through the UW PAT Program. If you purchase a physical book, you will find it in the front cover. If you purchase a PDF version, it will be emailed. Please be aware that if you purchase the PDF version, you will not get that number instantaneously, and it could take up to 48 hours for it to be manually processed. Without the PAT number, you cannot take the exam.

Q. When will I receive my test results?

A. If you take an in person scantron exam, it could take up to 10-14 business days to receive results. We will not give results over phone or email.

If you take a Pearson Vue exam, it could take 24-48 hours (excluding weekends) for us to email you the certification card, and we also mail out a    hard copy to you.

Q. It has been over 14 business days and I still haven't gotten my results, where are they?

A. Please look over to make sure you do not have any missing phone calls or letters from our office. If there was an issue scoring your exam, we        will contact you with any information that is on the scantron or Pearson Vue data given to us. If you do not correspond back to us in 14 days from        our initial contact, your exam will be destroyed. If you tested through Pearson Vue, the exam will be counted as a fail, and you will need to test at        one of our in-person locations.

Q. How long is my certification good for?

A. Certification is attained once you pass the category specific exam with a 70%. Certification is good for five years and you must recertify after the     five years to keep up on the certification.

Note: If you want to add certifications along the way, just note that the expiration date falls with the first certification you attained. Meaning, if you get   certified in the 5.0 in April, then your expiration date will be 04/30/2028. If in May 2026 you wanted to add 3.0, your expiration date for the 3.0 and 5.0 ​will be 03/31/2028.

Q. How long do I have to wait until I can test again?

A. If you fail the exams here is the process:

    • First failure – wait 24 hours to the next exam.
    • Second failure – wait 30 days from test date.
    • Third failure – wait another 30 days from the last test date.
    • Fourth failure – wait six months from the last test date.

Q. I have an applicator that is going through the process of certification, can they still make an application?

A. While an uncertified commercial applicator cannot make an application, we do have a 30-day temporary license you can apply for. Fill out the          application fully and email the form to us. Please read all the requirements found on the application prior to submitting.

Q. I am a newly certified applicator and I want to apply for my Individual Commercial Applicators License (ICAL) online, how do I do that?

A. You can go to myDATCP or use the links on the top right hand side of the commercial applicators page under Resources. Since you are a new        applicator, you will not need a PIN to start. Select “new application" to begin.

Note: New applicators CANNOT apply online during our renewal season (October-February)

Pesticide Business Licenses CANNOT apply online. You can only apply by paper.

Q. I am locked out of my myDATCP account. What should I do?

A. PLEASE DO NOT MAKE A NEW ACCOUNT. Email us and we will provide you guidance on how to get back into your account.

Q. I am a newly certified applicator looking to get myself licensed and my new business licensed. How should I do that?

A. The easiest way to do this is to apply by paper. Please fill out the ICAL and PBL paper forms and mail them both to the address found on the          ICAL application. 

Q. How long does it take to get my Individual Commercial Applicators License (ICAL)?

A. If everything is filled out completely and you are fully certified, it is turn around of about five to 10 business days. If it is during our renewal season, this could take up to 30 business days. If you renew/apply online, it is much quicker.

Q. It has been over 30 business days and I still haven't seen my licenses, where are they?

A. Look to see if you have seen any correspondences from our office. If has been over 30 business days since your check was cashed, please            reach out to our office to see if there's additional information needed from you.

Q. Do I need a Pesticide Business License (PBL)?

A. If you are a commercial business (applying pesticides to other people's property), your business is required to have a PBL. If your business has      multiple locations, they are also required to have a license for each branch you have.

Q. I only apply organic pesticides, do I need to be certified and licensed?

A. If you ar​e working as a commercial business and applicator, you will need certification, Individual Commercial License, and Pesticide Business        License. You will also need to make sure that the organic product you are using is registered in our state. You can search for registered products on    Kelly Solutions.

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