Pesticide Applicator Testing Changes

By Kristine Schaefer, Pest Management and the Environment

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) is transitioning private and commercial pesticide applicator certification testing from the Wallace Building in Des Moines to the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) campus in Ankeny.  All private and commercial pesticide applicator exams will be available at DMACC starting March 28, 2011.  Certification exams will still be offered at the Wallace Building until July 1, 2011.

There will be a few changes with the switch to the DMACC campus facility. Exams will be Web-based and anyone wanting to take an exam must get a username and password prior to going to the test center at DMACC. Information on obtaining a username and password can be found at the Pesticide Testing link on the IDALS website. There will be a $20 per day fee for taking the exams. Each specific exam can only be taken once per day but multiple category (or Core plus category) exams can be taken on one day as long as the last exam is completed at least 30 minutes before the test center closes.

Other testing sites and opportunities around the state will not change at this time. More information and a schedule of when and where tests are offered are listed on the IDALS website.


Kristine Schaefer is a program specialist in the Pesticide Management and the Environment program. She can be reached by email at or by phone at (515) 294-4286.

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