Wisconsin’s Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) Program provides leadership in coordinating the state’s educational effort dealing with pesticides, and ensures that everyone has current information. This program trains over 5,500 pesticide applicators annually.
The PAT Program does NOT advocate pesticide use over other means of pest management. Rather, it focuses on the safe and proper use of pesticides by individuals who have already determined that pesticides are necessary in a given situation.
The PAT Program is part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension and provides the necessary training to people who want to become certified to use pesticides in our state. PAT conducts training sessions in several certification categories and produces educational materials (certification manuals, DVDs) that help you better understand the many aspects of pest control.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection (WDATCP) is the regulatory arm of pesticide safety. WDATCP administers Chapter ATCP 29, Wis. Adm. Code (Pesticide Use and Control), which is the primary regulation concerning pesticide use in our state. WDATCP writes the certification exams and administers the tests. WDATCP is the agency that grants certification (upon passing the test) and is the agency you must obtain your pesticide license through (if needed) as well. The agency enforces pesticide laws in the state and investigates complaints of pesticide misuse. For more information on WDATCP’s role in pesticide use and safety, see their website at:‘DATCP Pesticide page’.