MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is partnering with Pearson Vue to offer the pesticide applicator certification exam online. The online exam includes a $45 convenience fee that is paid entirely to Pearson Vue. DATCP will continue to offer a paper exam at no charge.
Commercial and private pesticide applicators can take the online exam either in-person at one of 54 testing centers and tech colleges in Wisconsin, or proctored through a personal computer that includes a web-enabled camera and broadband internet.
Those who take the exam online will receive their results immediately, along with their certification by email 1-3 business days after the exam. Individuals who pass the exam (online or paper) receive a five-year certification.
The following exam categories are currently available:
1.1 Field and vegetable crops
3.0 Turf and landscape
5.0 Aquatic and mosquito
6.0 Right-of-way/natural areas
7.1 Structural pest control
DATCP will add other commercial and private applicator categories in the future.
A reminder that pesticide applicators who are certifying and re-certifying must purchase a training manual. The pesticide applicator training (PAT) number found in the manual is needed to register for the online or paper exam.
— Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection