Wisconsin Pesticide Applicator Exam Prep Program

Pesticide Applicator Training

This class is intended as a study guide for preparing to take the Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Exam administered by your state, tribe, territory, or federal department/agency. Passing the core exam is essential to becoming a certified applicator. This certification course benefits both you and the general public. By learning how to handle pesticides correctly, you will be able to protect yourself, others, and the environment from pesticide misuse.

Online Courses

Wisconsin Certified Applicator Exam Prep Program (Online Video Package)

This 12-hour online video course is designed to prepare you to take and pass the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Exam on your first try. Gene Merkl, our on-screen instructor will walk you through everything you need to know in order to feel confident and well informed when taking your exam. While the content for this course is based on the National Pesticide Applicator Core Manual, it is greatly enhanced by illustrations, graphics, and the instructor's personal experience in the industry. After completing this course, you will be extremely well prepared and ready to pass your National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Exam. This 12-hour course qualifies as CEU's in states where required*.

Course Description


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State Requirements

How do I get my Wisconsin pesticide applicator's license?

Private Applicators –

  1. Contact your County Extension Office for licensing details.

Commercial Applicators –

  • Order your Training Registration Certificate
  • Pass the 70 question Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Exam. 
    Bring a photo ID, your SSN, and your Training Registration Certificate
  • Complete a  license application and pay the appropriate fee
    Commercial License - $51.20 | Business License - $100.40

Do I need continuing education credits to maintain my Wisconsin pesticide applicators license?

No, the state of Wisconsin requires applicators to retake an exam every five years. Click here for information on our Exam Prep Course.

Frequently Asked Questions

What classifications of applicator's licensing does Wisconsin have?

The Illinois Plant Board recognizes the following classification of applicator licensing:

  • Private Applicators – an individual who applies or supervises the application of any restricted use pesticides on agricultural commodities on property owned or rented without compensation.
  • Commercial Applicators – Individuals who purchase, use, or supervise the use of pesticides classified for general or restricted use for compensation.
What are the categories and subcategories for Wisconsin pesticide licensing?

The State of Illinois currently has 18 categories and subcategories for pesticide licensing. Applicators holding a commercial license will need to pass the core exam along with at least one of these specialties. For more information about categories click here.

  • Aerial Application
  • Antifouling Paints
  • Aquatic & Mosquito
  • Chemigation
  • Companion Animals
  • Field & Vegetable Crops
  • Forestry
  • Fruit Crops
  • General Farming
  • Greenhouse & Nursery
  • Livestock & Poultry
  • Mixer Loader
  • Right-of-Way & Natural Areas
  • Seed Treatment
  • Sewer Line Root Control
  • Soil Fumigation
  • Space & Commodity Fumigation
  • Structural Pest Control
  • Termite Control
  • Turf & Landscape
  • Wood Preservation
Does the State of Wisconsin offer reciprocity with other states?

Yes, Wisconsin offers reciprocity for individuals who are residents of their state of certification, are certified in a category equivalent to a Wisconsin category, passed a closed book exam in the last 5 years with 70% or higher, are able to use restricted-use pesticides, and do not have restrictions on your current license.

Reciprocal licenses are valid for 1 year from January 1 - December 1 and cost $126.20

Course Demo

Here is short preview from the Pesticide Application Procedures course.