Certification and Trainings Update
If your certification ends between Jan 31, 2020 and Nov 30, 2021, it has automatically been extended to Dec 31, 2021. If so, please disregard this information.
*If the above statement does not relate to your situation, please continue reading.
With the growing number of COVID-19 cases in our county and state, your safety is our top priority. We have made some changes and added some new options to this year’s private pesticide applicator training program (PAT) to help keep our communities safer. Here’s how this impacts you:
- No in-person training is currently being offered;
- Online training is available beginning December 1, 2020;
- If a person cannot complete the online training, self-study testing is currently the only option;
- Online testing and limited in-person testing are both available this year.
Online training Cost is $10 per person. Available trainings are:
- December 1-14, 2020
- January 1-14, 2021
- February 1-14, 2021
- March 1-14, 2021
- April 1-14, 2021
- May 1-14, 2021
After choosing a Private Applicator training from our 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. Allow yourself 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 get the “attended training” passing rate of 50%. To navigate the online options, 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.”
PAT Books 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. In-person purchasing at your Extension County Office for $30 may be available depending on local hours and building access; contact your Extension County Office for more information.
Testing: Online or In-Person
An online test is available. Check the PAT Store website above for updates regarding the online test. This test provided a temporary certification that expires on Dec 31, 2021. You will not have to repurchase training materials in 2022, if you got the temporary certification.
A very limited amount of in-person testing will be made available ONLY for individuals who don’t have online access. This is to reduce office traffic and limit potential person-to-person exposure. To schedule an in-person test:
- You must call ahead to your County Extension Office: https://washington.extension.wisc.edu/staff-directory/
- There is a 2-hour time limit per current Extension policy
- Masks MUST BE WORN while at the office
- Testing may be done individually or in small groups (<10), depending on county policy
- Cell phones are not allowed in the testing room; they must be left just outside the room
- Bring your manual, calculator, and pencils with erasers (you MUST bring your own supplies, the office will not be providing shared supplies to minimize possible disease transmission)
- Also, you must bring photo ID or notarized waiver for why you don’t have photo ID
A few final considerations if you require in-person testing:
It will be especially important this year to get your testing completed well ahead of when certification is needed. You may also consider the self-study option to get your testing completed sooner. We cannot guarantee in-person testing will be offered consistently between now and Spring.
A third option is to test as a commercial applicator with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer protection (DATCP). Commercial testing is a closed-book test. To schedule a test with DATCP visit https://pestexam.datcp.wi.gov/ or call 608-224-54548.
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:
- Restricted-use pesticides (RUPs)
- 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)
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation together. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Washington County Extension Office, the University of Wisconsin Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) Program or DATCP if you have any questions.