Commercial Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course

The goal of the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) is to provide educational information throughout Iowa on the safe and effective use of pesticides. PSEP is responsible for Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses (CIC’s) in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Other programs that PSEP is involved in include integrated pest management, worker protection, environmental quality, and agricultural health.


Fall 2023 Commercial Pesticide Continuing Instruction Course Schedule for Clay County

We are hosting the following Commercial Pesticide Continuing Instruction Courses at our office. Call 712-262-2264 to pre-register.

  • Forest, Aquatic, and Right-of-Way Pest Control (Roadside) - 2, 5, 6: Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., $45
  • Ornamental and Turf Pest Control - 3O, 3T, 3OT: Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., $45
  • Fumigation - 7C: Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., $45
  • Commercial Ag Weed, Insect and Plant Disease Pest Control - 1A, 1B, 1C: Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., $45
  • Pest Control Operators - 7A, 7B, 7D-NEW, 8: Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., $70

NEW for Fall 2023 regarding category 7D:

In the past, a standalone CIC program was offered for Community Insect Management (Category 7D) and Public Health (Category 8). Starting Fall of 2023, a standalone program for these categories will no longer be offered due to being smaller categories. Instead of being offered as their own program, these categories have been combined into already existing programs. Applicators needing credit for 7D can attend the PCO program, which will now include information for 7D, or PSEP will be offering a new live-streamed program consisting of Categories 3O, 3T, 3OT, 7A, and 7D (there will be no Blu-ray for this program). Applicators needing credit in Category 8 will need to attend the PCO program.

If you have any questions, please call or email KATHLEEN WILSON Pesticide Safety Education Program at kmwilson@iastate.edu or 515-294-1122. 

The complete schedule, including live-streamed options, can be found on the Pesticide Safety Education Program. 

Reshows and Rescheduling

To reschedule, call us at 712-262-2264. The best times are usually Mon-Thurs at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m.

Important Information

Commercial applicators are divided into categories. An applicator must be certified in each category he/she will be applying pesticides under.

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