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.
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). To apply for a license. There are four types of license:
- Commercial Applicator for-hire: Someone who applies pesticides on other peoples property. Needs certification and license
- Commercial Applicator not for-hire: Someone who applies a Restricted Use Pesticide on their or their employers property. Needs certification and licensing.
- Commercial Applicator not for-hire on public schools K-12: Someone who applies pesticides to public school property. Needs certification and licensing (government).
- Private Applicator: Someone who applies pesticides to produce an agricultural commodity AND it is on land owned or rented by you or your employer. Certification as a private applicator.