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Do you plan on using a Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP)Tractor Spraying Field AND produce an agricultural commodity on your property or your employers property? If both those are correct, then you are a Private Applicator. Private Applicators can get certified in three categories, General Farm, Fruits Crops or Greenhouse & Nursery.

As a Private Applicator you have to receive training and certification to apply RUPs. If you are not going to be using any RUPs then you are off the hook.

There are three options for private certification:
  1. Complete online training then test in-person at local county office—must receive passing rate of 50%
  2. Complete in-person training and test at local county office (if offered) - must receive passing rate of 50%
  3. Self-study (no training) then test in-person at local county office—must receive passing rate of 70% 
How to get your PAT manual ($30)
Online Training
The General Farming 100/101 course will be $10 for 2022.   However, participants still need to purchase the manual.  You may sign up & purchase the manual both at the PAT Store:  Scroll down to “Private Applicator Training” and select General Farming 100/101.  Future online trainings are scheduled on:
Testing: In-Person Only
In-person testing is available and certification is good for 5 years. To schedule an in-person test:
Commercial testing
A third option is commercial applicator testing. DATCP has limited testing availability in Green Bay between now and the end of the year. This is a closed-book test. To schedule a test with DATCP, visit or call 608-224-4548.

Who needs to get certified?
Finally, be sure to take a moment and see if you actually need to be certified. In some situations, individuals have realized they don’t need certification. Please check the criteria below.

You must be certified if you apply, mix and load, or direct the use of:
You also must be certified if you:


Getting Your Exam Score

DATCP will send your exam score by mail. This can take up to 30 days, depending on the time of year when you test. DATCP’s certification and licensing program staff CANNOT give out your exam score over the phone.

You may be able to check your score sooner on DATCP’s PACS Exam Results and Certification Information website at: When you use this online service, enter your certification number if you are recertifying or your exam answer sheet number. Wait at least 10 days after testing before checking your score online. If your results are not available your exam has not been graded; do not call DATCP it can take up to 30 days to score your exam.