Private Pesticide Applicator Training


Private Applicator is a person who applies pesticide to produce an agricultural commodity AND pesticides are applied on property that they own, rent or their employer owns or rents. If an applicator does not meet BOTH parts of the definition, they are considered commercial applicators. Example of commercial applicator: Lawn care company or County Highway employees. Private applicators are only certified. Private applicators do not need licenses. Certification is good for 5 years. If you do not have your certification card or to check to see if a person is certified, go to –

The UW of Wisconsin – Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) Extension webpage, has everything you need to know about the PAT program  check out the website at:
University of Wisconsin Extension Pesticide Applicator Training Program

Here are the Main Steps for Private Applicators (General Farming) to get certified:

Manuals are $43 each. Books are assigned to applicator, so each must have their own.
Buy a Manual OnlinePAT Store
Buy a Manual by Mail Order  – Mail Order Form  Check will need to be mailed for this option


1) Study on your own and take the certification exam at a participating County Extension office or take it on a computer at a Pearson VUE testing site. (fee required).

2) Go to a training session offered through the PAT Program or attend county-hosted ZOOM (typically only available Jan- April). The exam will be given at the end of the training session.

3) Sign up for and watch the online training videos, (Register Here) and schedule an exam time at a participating County Extension office or take it take it on a computer at a Pearson VUE testing site. (fee required).


UW Wisconsin PAT Events Calendar:   Events – UW Pesticide Applicator Training Program
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UW Event Calendar:     Event Calendar – Extension     
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