DNR Schedules Tests for Manure Applicators
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By Karen Grimes, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offers tests as an alternative to training for both commercial and confinement site manure applicators. Applicators who choose testing instead of training will also be charged a $25 education fee when they take the test.
For confinement site applicators who have missed one or more training sessions in a three-year certification cycle, the tests are not an option. They are required. A make-up test is substituted for the missed training, and must be taken prior to renewing certification. At this time, there is no education fee charged for make-up tests.
The DNR will notify any confinement site applicators who must take a make-up test.
After a confinement site applicator has passed the make-up test, the applicator can choose between another test or annual training to renew the certificate. There are many advantages to choosing the training where information on animal feeding operation management and rules is updated each year.
If planning to take a test, please reserve a spot by calling the appropriate DNR field office, because limited space is available at most test sites.
Applicants should bring a photo identification card, pencil and calculator to the test site.