Green County Pesticide Applicator Training

Extension Green County in coordination with Glenn Nice, University of Wisconsin Madison-Division of Extension Pesticide Applicator Training and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), and has announced that the State of Wisconsin will be providing Pesticide Applicator Training Sessions in 2024.  Private and commercial pesticide applicators with expired certifications will need to participate to renew their certifications.

Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) Books

Manuals must be purchased online or via the mail in form and can no longer be purchased at your local Extension offices. Manuals are $43 per book. Books are assigned to applicators as part of the record keeping process, so each person must purchase their own. Manuals are usually delivered within 3 days (with a paid shipping fee) or in 5-10 days (at no charge).

Self Study Participants

Self-study students are those who elect to purchase the manual and study on their own then test with the participating County Extension Office. They DO NOT attend a training and therefore are coded on the test as self-study. Self-study students have to pass the test with 70% or greater.

All those seeking certification or recertification have to purchase the manual through the UW PAT Program. See Manual sales above for more information.

To test, please contact the Green County UW-Extension office 608-328-9440 to arrange a test time. Walk-ins are not allowed.

Online Training Course

You can take this online training in place of the in-person training. You have 14 days once you have started the training to complete the online training.  KEEP YOUR EMAIL WITH LINK. If you stop during the training, clicking the link will take you back to the last thing you did. If you have watched a video, make sure you click the blue arrow button to advance to the next module before you stop. To return to that module, click the training link in your email. Switching devices will not work, please use the same computer or tablet to complete the training.

Upon completion of this training, you will receive a “completion receipt.” You MUST show this receipt to your exam proctor when you take your private applicator test. The receipt indicates you have completed the training and allows your test to be coded for the 50% pass score.

Those wanting certification in the private Greenhouse & Nursery or Fruit Crop categories can take this General Farming training and receive those specific tests. This training still allows them to pass with a 50% passing grade.

To register for the online training, go to the Self-Paced Online Training For Private Applicators.

If you do the online training course, you will then need to take your test at a County Extension Office. Green County will be hosting a test only session on Thursday, March 7th, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at the Green County Justice Center, 2841-6th Street, Monroe, WI. Call 608-328-9440 to register for the test only session. If you are unable to attend that date, a private appointment can be made to take the test. Again, please call 608-328-9440 ahead to arrange the appointment.

County Hosting Webinar Training

Several Zoom Webinar trainings in General Farming will be hosted by counties during the training season (Jan to April). Registration online will be required to attend and this costs $10. Registration is required BEFORE the date of the Zoom Training. Locations and dates will be posted in the PAT Store.

Register for a Zoom Training Session

In-Person Training with Test

Several in-person training events with the test will be provided during the training season (Jan to April). Registration is required to attend to ensure enough seats are available. Registration is done online and costs $10 per person.

Register for an in-person training event

An in-person live training will be held in our area on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at Rock County Job Center, 1717 Center Ave, Janesville, WI 52546. Registration is required to attend. You must purchase a training manual before attending. Manuals will not be available at training. The State of Wisconsin Private Applicator Certification test in General Farming or Fruit Crops or Greenhouse & Nursery will be provided after the training. To register please go to the UW PAT Store or download this order form. Walk-ins will not be allowed. To register please go to the UW PAT Store or download this order form. Walk-ins will not be allowed. Local Contact: Brad Meier, (608) 757-5066,

Another in-person live training will be held in our area on February 23, 2024, at the Dodger Bowl Lanes, 318 King St, Dodgeville, WI 53533. You can sign up online at the PAT Store https://patstore.wisc.ed. Please note this training will have an instructor in house from 9:00am -12:30pm to teach the information and a test session in the afternoon.

Please be aware that UW Extension will have to abide by the rules of the University of Wisconsin and their County regarding safety protocols for in-person events. You do not need to attend training; the self-study option is available to get certified.

Cost is free for the online webinar trainings, however, you must sign up and purchase your book online, in advance of the training being offered.


  Buy Book-$43 Classes or Self Study Book Test Information Test Score Required
Option 1 Online $43 Classes Online (must provide proof of completion) UWEX office 50%
Option 2

Online $43

Self-Study Book

UWEX office 70%
Option 3 Online $43 Attend In-person Zoom Webinar at UWEX Office UWEX office  50%
Option 4 Online $43 Attend In-person Zoom Webinar from Home (must provide proof) UWEX Office 50%

If none of the testing times work for you, you can take the test another time by appointment only (Call 608-328-9440).

Bring these materials to the testing session:

  1. Large manual – “Wisconsin Pesticide Applicator Training Manual-General Farming”
  2. Number 2 pencil
  3. Green County Emergency Management – EHS Chemical Report form (on green colored paper)
  4. Calculator (Optional, but must be something other than a Smart Phone as they are not allowed for use during the testing period.)
  5. Smart Phones are not allowed during the Pesticide Exam periods.
  6. Any questions that you may have

If you have additional questions, please contact the Extension Green County office  at 608-328-9440

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