Private pesticide applicators:
- are individuals 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.
- must be certified, but do not need a license.
Steps to Certification
There are three base categories and three sub categories to choose from for certification. You may need more than one depending on the work you do.
- Buy training materials from the University of Wisconsin PAT Program.
- Once you have received your training material and are ready to take the exam, you have three options:
- You can take the paper-based test (free) at a participating county extension office.
- You can take a computer=based test with Pearson Vue for a convenience fee of $45. There are 54 technical colleges that you can choose from to take this exam or if you have all the requirements, this can be taken from your home/office. If you are interested with this option you can follow this link : https://home.pearsonvue.com/wi/agriculture.
Note: As private exams are open book, you cannot use your physical book for this option. Pearson Vue has a PDF that shares the screen with the exam.
This option is only available for certain times of the year.
- Any testing options will grant you five years of certification.
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. 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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