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PAT – Pesticide Applicator Training

Pierce County Pesticide Applicator Training ***The Pierce County Extension Office is on limited office hours.  Please call 715-273-6781 to schedule your visit.

There are three options you can choose for Pesticide Applicator Training.  Please read the attached letter with details. Private-Applicator-Final-Letter

1. Self-Study:

Purchase the training fee with manual for $30.00 either from your participating County Extension office or the UW PAT Store.

PAT Store:

Study on your own.

Please schedule a test with your participating County Extension office.

2. Computer based training:

Purchase the training fee with Manual for $30.00 either from your participating County Extension office or the UW PAT Store.

PAT Store:

*This is Highly Recommended again this year.  Register for FREE online course or Zoom webinar. You will receive an email with a link and passwords.  Zoom invites will be sent a couple of days before the webinar.  To register

Here are the dates of the on-line training and the classes run from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm:

December 7, 2021

January 25, 2022

February 15, 2022

March 15, 2022

April 5, 2022

Once training completed, you will receive a “completion receipt,” that must be shown to your test proctor to be coded as attended a training (50% pass grade).

Test not provided after training. Please schedule your test with your participating County Extension Office.

3. In-Person:

Purchase the training fee with Manual for $30.00 either from your participating County Extension office or the UW PAT Store.

PAT Store:

$30.00 base manual fee + $10.00 in-person training fee. Registration required.

Date:  Tuesday, February 1, 2022

              American Legion

              410 Maple St

              Baldwin, WI  54002

              9:00 am – 2:30 pm

             (breaks provided, no lunch)

Pre-registration required here: or call 715-531-1930

Test is provided after the training.

*Please note this will be the only in-person training for Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Co.

Looking for a training in your area? Go to:

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Click on link above or here for more info – 4.7.20FarmCenterRelease 



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