Commercial Applicators

To become a certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator  (either for-hire or not-for-hire) in Wisconsin, you start by ordering the training materials you need to study for certification. Not sure which category manual you need? Check out the categories here.  Self-study (studying on your own) registration includes either a printed manual ($47), an interactive PDF electronic version of the manual ($42) or for some categories, an online course that also comes with a PDF manual ($60). You must pay the training registration fee for each category that you need certification or recertification in. You can purchase theses items using your credit card at the PAT Store (link below) or by mail using a check.

Want to pay by check? Download the Commercial Mail Order Form and mail in.

Unfortunately we CAN NOT take credit card orders over the phone.
Due to the fact that manuals can not be resold, there are no refunds on manuals that have been issued.
If you order before 2:00 pm you will likely receive your order in one to two business days.

There are other training materials that you can purchase (DVDs, training sessions) but these are supplemental and not required. You can read more about them on the Products page.


Once certified you then need to get apply for a license. Licensing is done through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).

There are 3 types of license:

  1. Commercial Applicator for-hire: Someone who applies pesticides on other people’s property under contract.  All for-hire applications need to be certified and licensed.
  2. Commercial Applicator not-for-hire: Someone who applies pesticides only on their or their employers property. All not-for-hire applicators need to be certified. However, only those using a Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) need to be licensed.
  3. Commercial Applicator not-for-hire applying pesticides on public K-12 school grounds. Needs certification and licensing (government).

Video tutorial on how to apply for license online

Link to online license application