Due to COVID-19, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is extending current pesticide applicator certifications until December 31, 2021. Private and commercial pesticide applicators with certifications that expire anytime between January 31, 2020 and November 30, 2021, can continue to operate as a certified pesticide applicator until December 31, 2021.
IF you would still like to recertify in 2021, you will have an opportunity to do so. Online training sessions will be available beginning December 1, 2020 and will replace the traditional in-person training offered by Extension. Taking the online training makes you eligible for the 50% passing score on the certification test. The self-study training is still an option as it has been in the past. If you choose to self-study, you’ll need a score of 70% to pass the test. Limited in-person test sessions will be offered if you choose either the online or self-study option.
Details about each option are listed below – if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Racine/Kenosha Ag Extension Educator Leigh Presley at 262-857-1948.
Online training details: Cost is $10 per person. Online trainings are accessible the first two weeks of each month, Dec – May:
- December 1-14, 2020
- January 1-14, 2021
- February 1-14, 2021
- March 1-14, 2021
- April 1-14, 2021
- May 1-14, 2021
To sign up for an online training, visit the PAT Store at https://patstore.wisc.edu. Scroll down to “Private Applicator Training” and select General Farming 100/101. Then chose B. “Online Private Applicator Training.” After choosing a training from the PAT Store, you can begin anytime within the 14-day window you have 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. Allow yourself approximately 3.5 hours to complete. After successful completion of the online training, you will receive a receipt that verifies you have attended the training and are eligible for the test passing score of 50%.
Self-study details: If you would like to skip the online training, you may choose the self-study option by purchasing a training manual and studying on your own. You are still required to take an in-person test. The self-study test is open-book and requires a 70% score to pass.
In-person test details: In-person test sessions will be offered for those who take the online training or those who elect to self-study. Pre-scheduled testing sessions are listed below. Space is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. Call Leigh Presley at 262-857-1948 to reserve a time slot. If these dates do not work for you, we can schedule a time to test individually.
Racine County Ives Grove Government Building, 14200 Washington Ave, Sturtevant
- Tuesday, January 19, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Tuesday, January 19, 1:00-3:00 PM
- Tuesday, February 16, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Tuesday, February 16, 1:00-3:00 PM
Kenosha County Center, 19600 75th Street, Bristol
- Thursday, January 21, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Thursday, January 21, 1:00-3:00 PM
- Thursday, February 18, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Thursday, February 18, 1:00-3:00 PM
Regardless of what option you choose (online or self-study), you need to purchase a General Farming training manual. You will be allowed to reference your manual during the test. You can order manuals online at the PAT Store https://patstore.wisc.edu with a credit card, or use a mail form available at https://go.wisc.edu/patbook and send it with a check.
Manuals can also be purchased for $30 in-person at:
Kenosha County Center Planning and Development/Extension office, 19600 75th Street, Bristol
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8 – 12 & 1 – 5. Call ahead (262-857-1945) to confirm that staff is available to assist you.
Racine County Extension Office, 1072 Milwaukee Avenue, Burlington
Hours: Monday only, 9 – 12 & 1 – 3. If you wish to pick up at this location at another time, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a pick-up.