Pesticide Safety Education Program

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.

Commercial Pesticide Applicators

Continuing Instruction Course Registration (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 each year)

Pre-Registration for all Commercial Pesticide Applicator trainings are REQUIRED.

Registration Fee: $45 (7 days prior to program)

Late Registration: $55 (less than 7 days prior to the program)

Exemption: Pest Control Operators-Registration Fees: $60; $70

Payments can be submitted in person or mailed to our office. We accept check or cash.

Register here for Commercial Pesticide Instruction Courses

Category Date Time
Commercial Ag, Weed, Plant Disease Feb. 14, 2024
Nov. 20, 2024
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Seed Treatment Feb. 21, 2024 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Ornamental & Turfgrass Mar. 6, 2024
Nov. 13, 2024
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Certified Handlers Mar. 20, 2024 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Forest, Aquatic & Right of Way Oct. 16, 2024 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Fumigation Nov. 19, 2024 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Pest Control Operators Dec. 4, 2024 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.


Private Pesticide Applicators

Private Pesticide Registration (Dec. 1-Apr. 15 each year)

Pre-Registration for Private Pesticide Applicator trainings is REQUIRED. 

Please fill out all of the information below for the applicator being registered. If you are registering for more than one applicator, please fill out a separate registration form for each. 

Registration Fee: $30

Registration Payments can be made in person, day of the event or submitted to the Hardin County Extension Office.  We accept check or cash.

Register Here for Private Pesticide Instruction Course

Date Location Time
Dec. 6, 2023 Hardin Co. Fairgrounds Youth Bldg.
301 11th Ave., Eldora
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Feb. 23, 2024

Ellsworth Community College Ag Bldg.
709 Ellsworth Ave., Iowa Falls

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Mar. 7, 2024

Ellsworth Community College Ag Bldg.
709 Ellsworth Ave., Iowa Falls

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.