In-person testing has resumed: Pesticide applicator in-person exams have resumed at the Madison, Green Bay, Wausau, and Waukesha Locations. Facemasks are required. Sign up for an exam at https://pestexam.datcp.wi.gov. Passing the in-person certification exam will grant you certification for the full five-year period.
Temporary online certification available: Temporary certification is for new applicators or individuals seeking a category in addition to those they are currently certified in. To receive temporary certification, you must pass an online certification category exam hosted on the
University of Wisconsin Pesticide Applicator Training (UW PAT) Program website. This temporary certification is valid until December 31, 2021.
Certification extension: Private and commercial pesticide applicators with certifications that expired January 31, 2020 - November 30, 2021, have had their certification expiration dates extended to December 31, 2021. View the press release. Find your current certification expiration date at
Pesticide licenses have not been extended and must be renewed:
Individual commercial applicator licenses,
pesticide business location licenses and
restricted use pesticide dealer licenses have not been extended and licenses need to be renewed annually. Check the status of your license at https://www.kellysolutions.com/WI/.
Commercial pesticide applicators are:
Steps to licensing:
Buy training materials and complete training from University of Wisconsin-Extension
Get certified by passing a closed-book exam administered by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; schedule an exam here
Apply for a license either
online or by paper application (downloadable forms at right)
Certification is valid for 5 years. Licenses are valid for one year. Employees may get a 30-day license during their training period while they complete the certification process.
There are 20 categories for certification. You may need more than one depending on the work you do.
You can apply online or you can download a paper application. Links for both options are available at top right. Note that if you are applying online, you need to choose the correct link for your situation -- whether you are working commercially for hire or not for hire, for a government agency, or for an educational institution.
Applying pesticides in Indian country:
In addition to state certification and licensing, you need federal certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to apply restricted-use pesticides in
Indian country. After receiving certification in a Wisconsin category, you must apply to the EPA for certification, which will be based on the Wisconsin category.
EPA information and application form for Indian country certification
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