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Pesticide Applicator Training

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Do you plan on using a Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) 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. To receive training and certification, purchase and study the Private Applicator Training manual from the Brown County Extension office and do one of the two options below:

1) Go to the Brown County Extension office and take the test for certification or,

2) Go to a training offered by the Brown County Extension Office (210 Museum Place, Green Bay) and then do the test at the end of the training.

Simple enough, now how do I get into one of those trainings?

Contact Alyssa at the Brown County Extension Office via email at or at 920-391-4654.

Exam Score

A minimum score of 50 percent must be achieved on the exam administered at the end of the training. Those choosing the test-only option must score 70 percent. The test is open book and you are allowed 2 hours, with retakes (if necessary) at no extra cost.
≈ 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.
≈ Private Applicator ≈

After you take the exam at the Brown County Extension office, the county agent will mail your answer sheet to the WDATCP. If you wish to find out your exam score before the WDATCP mailing, be sure to record the exam answer sheet number and see the “Getting Your Exam Score” above.

If you passed the exam, your new certification card will be included in the mailing with your exam score. Be sure to sign the card and carry it with you whenever you perform any activity for which certification is required. NOTE: Even if you found out through PACS that you passed the exam, you must have your certification card in hand before you can perform any activity for which certification is required.

If you failed the exam, contact the Brown County Extension office to retake the exam.

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