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Due to COVID-19, all in person trainings are currently not being offered.
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 four options for private certification:
  1. Complete online training then take online test—must receive passing rate of 50%
  2. Complete online training then take in-person test—must receive passing rate of 50%
  3. Online test only—must receive passing rate of 70%
  4. In-person test only—must receive passing rate of 70% 
If you are not able to complete the online training, you must choose option 1 or 2 to complete your certification.

How to get your PAT manual ($30)
Online training
Sign up for online training at the PAT Store:  Scroll down to “Private Applicator Training” and select General Farming 100/101. Then choose choice B “Online Private Applicator Training”.

Cost is $10 per person.   After choosing a training from the PAT Store, you can begin anytime in the 14-day window you selected. However, just like the in-person training you must complete this in one sitting. You will not be able to start and stop, except for the designated breaks that are built into the training. The training will take approximately 3.5 hours to complete. After successful completion of the online training, you will receive a receipt that you must bring when you come to test to get the “attended training” passing rate of 50%.

Testing: Online or In-Person
The online test is available at this time, but certification is only good until December 31, 2021. Check the PAT Store website for details.

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.