Private Applicator Training Sessions

Private Applicator Training / Review Sessions

Private Applicators can get certified in three categories: General Farming, Fruits Crops or Greenhouse & Nursery.

As a Private Applicator you have to receive the training materials and get certified by passing the private applicator test apply Restricted-Use Pesticides (RUPs). If you are not going to use RUPs then you do not need to be certified. To receive training and certification, purchase and study one of the above Private Applicator Training manuals from your County Extension office or you can buy it from the PAT Store and do one of the two options below:

1) Study on your own and the take the certification exam at your County Extension office or,

2) Go to a training session offered by your or neighboring County Extension Office. The exam will be given at the end of the training session.  There is now an online option that can be done in place of attending a County Extension training.

Is there a training in my county? To find out go to the Division of Extension Events Calendar or contact your County Extension Office ( County Extension Office ).


The 2021 – Private Applicator Training Schedule:

Online Training Course:

If you can take advantage of it, there is an online training course.  Once registered you can take the training at any time. Once the training is completed that you will show the test proctor to have your test scored as if attending a training.  You will have to attend the full training and enter code words (given during the training) at the end of the training.  Private applicators seeking Fruit Crop and Greenhouse & Nursery can take the General Farm training and take the Fruit Crops or Greenhouse & Nursery test to get certified in those categories. You must have purchased the training fee with manual to register for online training.

[ Registration will be available in November ]

Zoom Webinar Training

Several Zoom Webinar Training in General Farm will be provided. Registration will be required to attend and get a completed training receipt to provide to the test proctor.  Once registered, you will receive a Zoom invite a few days before the Webinar.

  • December 7
  • January 25
  • February 15
  • March 15
  • April 5

[ Registration will be available in November ]

In-Person Training with Test

To find out if there is an in-person training in our county by going to the UW Extension Events Calenar and selecting your county or by search Private Applicator Training.

UW Extension Events Calendar

Please be aware that UW Extension will have to abide by the rules of the University of Wisconsin and their County regarding in-person events. You do not need to attend a training, the self-study options is available to get certified. Private Applicator Certification is required by law only if you are buying or using (mixing, loading and applying) restricted use pesticides.  If you are only using general use pesticides on your farm, you do not need to be certified.  Private Applicators do not need to be licensed.