Pesticide Applicator Training

Pesticide Applicator Training:

The La Crosse County Extension office offers private pesticide applicator certifications for county residents wishing to obtain a pesticides applicators license. Private pesticide applicators are those individuals who use or direct the use of pesticides on an agricultural commodity AND the applications occur on land owned or rented by you or your employer.

In 2023, Wisconsin private applicators can become certified for General Farming the following ways:

1.Required: You must purchase the base training fee with manual (book). This is $40.00.
2. Required: You must take and pass the certification test (General Farming, Fruit Crops or Greenhouse & Nursery).
3. Training: Three training options are available. Self-study (schedule test, 70% pass grade), Online computer-based training (schedule test, 50% pass grade) or In-person training (same day test, 50% pass grade).

Option 1: Self-Study:

You must purchase the training manual for $40 from

After purchasing the manual, study on your own. When you are ready, call our office to schedule a 2-hour exam session at 608-785-9593. Exams can be taken during office hours but must begin between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm. Specific dates and times are dependent on staff availability. This option requires a score of 70% or higher to become licensed.

Option 2: Computer-based:

You must purchase the training manual for $40 from

Online Training – Register online. Please block approximately 4 hours to take the training. Online training can be taken at any time.

Zoom Webinar – Register online. Select date of webinar. You will receive an email with a link and password. Zoom invites will be sent a couple of days before the webinar. Zoom membership is not required to attend a Zoom webinar. Reliable internet connection is required. Once training is complete, you will receive a Completion Receipt. This receipt must be presented to the test proctor to be coded as attended a training.

Dates: Jan 13, Feb 3, March 3 and April 7
Test not provided after training.
Must schedule your test with a participating County Extension Office
50% pass grade.
To register for Online or Zoom Training:

Option 3: In-Person Trainings:

You must purchase the training manual for $40 from

Testing will occur immediately following the training.
50% pass grade
Find In-Person trainings here:

No matter how you plan to prepare for testing, you must purchase a new General Farming manual before you test at

Call 608-785-9593 for more information.