Pesticide Applicator Certification Testing Temporarily Suspended

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is suspending pesticide certification testing as of March 18, 2020. Exams scheduled on and after March 18, 2020,​ are canceled. If you have scheduled a certification exam do not go to the testing location.
If your certification expires January 31-May 31, 2020, DATCP is extending your certification until June 30, 2020. You can continue to operate as a certified applicator until June 30, 2020.
New applicators who are eligible can submit a 30-Day Temporary Trainee Registration Form to work under the supervision of a certified applicator. The 30-day limit will be extended until June 30, 2020, for all temporary registration applications received March 18-June 1, 2020.
Pesticide applicator testing will resume at a future date. To receive updates about certified pesticide applicator information and requirements, subscribe to DATCP’s email list​.

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.​​​

​ ​​Pr​ivate Certif​ication Categories​
100.0/10​1.0 General Farming
104.0/105.0 Greenhouse & Nursery
112.0/113.0 Fruit Crop
107.0 Fumigation by Private Applicator
109.0 Chemigation
111.0 Aerial Application​​


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