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.  If you can’t, you can still attend a County Extension Training ( if one is offered ) or take the test as self-study. Registration will provide you access for 14 days.  You can take the training at any time during that 14 day period. You will receive a receipt that you will show the County Extension 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 (please allow approximately 4 hours) to be able to use the receipt.  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.

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100 General Farming  – Available from December 1 to 14, 2020.

100 General Farming – Available from January 1 to 14, 2021.

100 General Farming – Available from February 1 to 14, 2021.

100 General Farming – Available from March 1 to 14, 2021.

100 General Farming – Available from April 1 to 14, 2021.

100 General Farming – Available from May 1 to 14, 2021.

UW Extension Events Calendar

County Certification Training Events will be posted on the UW Extension Events Calendar.  Please be aware that UW Extension may not be able provide in person training session in 2021. 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.