Private applicators are people who apply restricted-use pesticides to their own or their employer's agricultural crops. In addition to farm crops, this includes Christmas trees, forests, and nursery and greenhouse plants.
Private applicators must be certified, but do not need a license.
Steps to certification
Buy a training manual at your county University of Wisconsin-Division of Extension office
Schedule an exam time with your county UW-Division of Extension office
Pass an open-book exam
Certification is valid for five years. There are six categories for certification. You may be certified in more than one category.
Greenhouse & Nursery
Fumigation by Private Applicator
Applying pesticides in Indian country:
In addition to state certification and licensing, you need federal certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to apply restricted-use pesticides in Indian country; defined as reservations and property owned by tribes. 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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