With the growing number of COVID-19 cases in our state changes have been made to this year’s private pesticide applicator training (PAT) program. Here’s how this impacts you:
- The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is extending current pesticide applicator certifications until December 31, 2021. Private pesticide applicators with certifications that expire January 31, 2020 – November 30, 2021, can continue to operate as a certified pesticide applicator until December 31, 2021;
- No in-person training will be offered this winter;
- A temporary online certification exam will be made available for new applicators. This will allow individuals to receive temporary certification as a private pesticide applicator until Dec 31, 2021;
- We will reassess after January 1st, 2021 to determine when in person testing can resume in St. Croix County for individuals wanting to test.
Reminder, you must purchase your training manual prior to taking a test. You can order your manual online at the PAT Store https://patstore.wisc.edu with a credit card, or use the mail form and send to the PAT program office with a check (https://go.wisc.edu/patbook).
Manuals may be purchased from the Extension St. Croix County office by first calling for an appointment. You must call ahead (715-531-1930) to request your manual and schedule an appointment for pickup. The Ag Service and Education Center in Baldwin currently has restricted access. Cost is $30.
Who needs to get certified?
Finally, take a moment and see if you actually need to be certified. In some situations, individuals have realized they don’t need private pesticide applicator certification.
You must be certified if you apply, mix and load, or direct the use of:
- Restricted-use pesticides (RUPs). To see all pesticides registered in Wisconsin, go to http://www.kellysolutions.com/wi/pesticideindex.asp. A partial list of RUP products is enclosed for your convenience;
- Any pesticide on a for-hire basis;
- Any pesticide in or on public schools or school grounds (K-12 public schools);
- Any pesticide in aquatic environments (may also be a requirement of permit).
You also must be certified if you:
- Conduct pesticide-safety training for agricultural workers or pesticide handlers as required under the Worker Protection Standard (WPS).
Extension provides the education and training for private pesticide applicators. Certification, test scoring, and issuing of certification cards is completed by DATCP. Please call the Extension St. Croix County office at 715-531-1930 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org), or the UW PAT program at 608-262-7588 (email: PATprogram@mailplus.wisc.edu) if you have questions.