Attention Private Applicators!

Do you know when your private applicator certification expires? This is an important message for just you [ PDF ].

Counties Giving the Private Applicator Test

 Wisconsin has partnered with Pearson Vue to give you more access to the certification exam!

Pearson Vue is a private testing company that does testing for many different groups. They offer an official online proctored test (for 5-year pesticide certification in Wisconsin). If you have the proper equipment, you can take the test online from anywhere. Or, Pearson Vue has over 50 testing centers in Wisconsin you can take the test at. In another state? Don’t worry, take the Wisconsin test anywhere in the U.S. online or at a Pearson Vue testing center in that state. Get your results immediately and your credentials within 3 days of testing! Pearson Vue charges $45 per test.  DATCP still offers the exam at their testing centers at no charge. The Private Applicator General Farming exam is also available through Pearson Vue.

To create a Pearson Vue account or sign into your account or find a testing center in your area
Information and Instructions about Pearson Vue tests
To schedule a test with DATCP

The Difference Between Certification and Licensing: They are not the same.

For questions about certification, licensing, Commercial Applicator testing (in-person), regulations and pesticide laws please contact DATCP at

If you have questions about training materials and online access to a course, please contact the UW PAT Program at

What is the PAT Program?

The University of Wisconsin Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) Program develops and provides educational material to help you become certified to apply pesticides in Wisconsin. In order to become certified, you must pay a certification fee to obtain some of these educational materials. You can learn more about the certification process on the “Certification” page.

Before ordering, you should determine whether you are a “commercial” or “private” applicator, because your options are different for each. You can find out the difference between commercial and private applicators by clicking on the “certification” or the “ordering materials” menu link above.

There are many different categories you can get certified in (list of categories here). With your certification fee, you can choose to get a printed manual, a PDF manual, or an online course (for some categories only). Don’t know which to choose? Check out this podcast for an introduction to these choices:  What Should I Order?

Having trouble navigating through our online ordering process? Here’s a podcast that explains how to do it.

Ready to order?
Click either of the links below.

Commercial Applicators

Private Applicators


Training Registration Certificates (TRC): If you ordered a printed manual, your TRC is folded and placed between the front cover and the first page of your manual. If you order a PDF or online course, we email your E-Ticket to you. DO NOT lose this certificate. You must bring this page with you when you take your certification exam. The exam proctor from the DATCP will collect it. Your exam will not be processed without the certificate. If you lose this form, there is a $10 fee to replace it.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Role in Certification

DATCP enforces the pesticide laws in Wisconsin.  DATCP also writes and administers the certification exams and grants certification. DATCP also issues individual pesticide applicator and pesticide application business licenses in the state.   Note: The UW PAT program does NOT write or administer the certification exam. Also, the exam is NOT given at the UW-Madison campus. Exams are given ONLY at DATCP test-only facilities (commercial only), at training/review sessions or through Pearson Vue testing.  DATCP provides the test location on the receipt you get when you schedule an exam. You need to contact DATCP (see below) for any questions dealing with scheduling an exam, exam results or any other exam-related questions.


Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT)

Contact PAT for questions about getting training materials, signing up for live review sessions, or any questions or comments you have about our training material.

Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm – Monday to Friday

Mailing address:
PAT Program
1575 Linden Dr
Madison WI 53706-1597

Phone: 608-262-7588

Glenn Nice
PAT Program Manager, or 608-263-6358

Steve Tomasko
PAT Outreach Specialist, or 608-265-4315

Jean Siewert
PAT Program Office Support Staff, or 608-262-7588

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

Contact DATCP for questions about certification, licensing, scheduling an exam, exam scores, or issues of pesticide regulations.

General mailing address:
2811 Agriculture Dr.
Madison WI 53708

Pesticide Certification & Licensing program

Phone: 608-224-4548
Website: Bureau of Agrichemical Management
Email: for questions regarding Pesticide Certification and Licensing

Exam scheduling website: Scheduling an Exam
Email: if you need to schedule an exam or cancel one that you have scheduled (if not using the online exam scheduling site in the link above).