Wisconsin Pesticide Applicator Exam

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by ryan41, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. ryan41

    ryan41 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am looking at taking the exam to get certified to use chemicals/fertilizers in Wisconsin. Some of the commercial accounts i am bidding on require spraying. Just had a few questions about this?

    1. Can i take it online?
    2. How long does the training take?
    3. How much does it cost total?
    4. Do you actually learn anything?

  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    You will learn about 'calibration', nozzle settings, droplet size, AI%, @ $80.00... but not much else...
    The function and method of operation, of the herbicide, doesn't seem to be a part of it.

    They can send you a tape/dvd of seminar lectures and a book. We had to travel to a larger city for the TEST itself.

    Niether the licensing people, the extension offices, nor the horticultural colleges will teach discernment of the actual herbicides involved with your program... You are left to the mercy of the Drug Companies and their Salesmen for any and all information they are will to impart... Unless , of course, you are willing to research it yourself...
  3. ryan41

    ryan41 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    I just looked it up. I have to travel to Madison to take the test. I was told i am able to buy a video that goes over everything so all i have to do is show up and take the test.
    Is the test difficult?
  4. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,435

    No, if you read the book and know how to search for information on a label. Speaking of that I have to recertify this year.
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    How chemicals actually accomplish the job is the critical bit of information that creates a professional. Following directions on the label ensures the most amount of product used for least amount of result.
    Why do you think there are split apps for pre-m now days? Why is it always mixed with the NPK for HOs.?

    People should have an understanding of what they are dealing with, but the licensing system doesn't teach you anything except "Read the Label".

    Run your business as though you are a very astute HO... :)
  6. ryan41

    ryan41 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    Do you take the test up in Madison Swampy?
  7. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No Waukesha County Court house, but that was years ago.
  8. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
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    Here in Mn, I have to buy 3 books. I can't remember how much they cost but it was a lot of reading. I don't think you can take it online. I learn alot, and I did not have to pay to take the test. Make sure you read the books good, cuz you only get 3 chances to take the test.
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  9. scotts lawn care

    scotts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 468

    The test is only hard if you dont read and study the manual. Take your time and try to learn as much as possible, it will pay off in the end.
  10. boyd93

    boyd93 LawnSite Member
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    There are several locations to take the test. I went to UW Extension. I signed up, am taking a class, and take the exam after the class here in waukesha. There were many places through out state to take the test. I'm going end of March. It seems pretty general, reading, understanding labels, safety, etc....

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