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Test Preparation for Commercial Pesticide Applicators in East-central and Southeast Iowa

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All commercial applicators must pass the Core Test and then a test in each category for which they wish to be certified. ("Commercial applicator" means a person, corporation, or employee of a person or corporation who enters into a contract or an agreement for the sake of monetary payment and agrees to perform a service by applying a pesticide but does not include a farmer trading work with another, a person employed by a farmer not solely as a pesticide applicator who applies pesticide as an incidental part of the person's general duties, or a person who applies pesticide as an incidental part of a custom farming operation. Iowa Code, Chapter 206.2)

A series of (study) manuals are available at each Iowa State University Extension office. The manuals and their prices are listed below. You may acquire them at your local ISU Extension and Outreach Office or order them directly on-line. Some are available online at no cost. Follow the links below to go directly to individual manuals.

Category

Manual Number

Manual Title

Manual Date

Manual Price

 

 

 

 

 

Core

CS-445

Iowa Core Manual

2011

$25.00

Core

CS-445C

Iowa Core Companion - Review and Quizes

2012

$10.00

Core

CS-445SET

Iowa Core Manual + Iowa Core Companion - Review and Quizes

2012

$30.00

1A

CS-9

Agricultural Weed Control

2007

$20.00

1B

CS-10

Agricultural Insect Control

2009

$20.00

1C

CS-11

Agricultural Disease Control

2008

$20.00

1D

CS-12

Fruit and Vegetable Pest Control

2006

$20.00

1E

CS-13

Animal Pest Control

1998

$5.00

2

CS-14

Forest Pest Control

2010

$25.00

3OT

CS-15A

Ornamental and Turfgrass Pest Management

2017

$30.00

3G

CS-15B

Greenhouse Pest Management

2018

$30.00

4

CS-16

Seed Treatment

2010

$20.00

5

CS-17

Aquatic Pest Control

2011

$20.00

6

CS-18

Right-of-Way Pest Control

2014

$20.00

7A

CS-19

General and Household Pest Control

2013

$30.00

7B

CS-20

Termite Pest Control

2000

$5.00

7C

CS-27

Fumigation

2014

$25.00

7D

CS-22

Community Insect Control

2011

$20.00

7E

CS-28

Wood Preservatives

2010

$20.00

7F

CS-29

Antifouling Paints

1992

$5.00

8

CS-23

Public Health Pest Control

2006

$15.00

9

CS-24

Regulatory Pest Control

1997

$8.00

10*

CS-25

Demonstration and Research

1997

Free Download

11**

CS-26

Aerial Application

1995

$5.00

Handler

IC-500

Iowa Certified Handler Manual

2010

$20.00

 

* To become certified in Category 10, you must also become certified in the categories that cover the types of commercial application work you do. For instance, researchers must also take the 1A exam if the work they do involves agricultural herbicides.

** To become certified in Category 11 for aerial psticide applications to agricultural crops, you take only one test which includes information from:

If you aerially apply pesticides to other than agricultural crops, you must become certified in both the appropriate category and category 11.

Testing dates and locations are scattered around the state throughout the year.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Iowa State University Extension Office.


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