Pesticide Safety Education Program






In-Person Pesticide Continuing Instruction Courses

Fall 2023 Commercial Pesticide C-CIC classes are about to begin and we look forward to you joining us in person at the ISU Extension and Outreach in Polk County office in Altoona. We will be holding in person classes on the following dates. Additional recertification classes will be added based on demand. If you have any questions, please contact us at 515-957-5760 or

Our fall courses are open for registration now!

Roadside, Forest, Aquatic Pest Management (2, 5, 6)
Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, and Plant Disease Pest Control (1A,1B, 1C)
Fumigation (7C)
Pest Control Operators (7A, 7B, 7D, 8)
  • Dec. 6 @9AM
  • Dec. 15 @9AM
  • Dec. 19 @1PM
Ornamental and Turf  Pest Control (3OT, 3T, 3O)
  • Nov. 8 @9AM
  • Nov. 10 @9AM
  • Nov. 21 @1PM
  • Nov. 30 @9AM
  • Dec. 5 @1PM
  • Dec. 14 @9AM
  • Dec. 20 @9AM


Greenhouse (3G and 3O)
Private Applicators


Mosquito/Public Health Pest Management (7D, 8) will only be offered in person at Pest Control Operators Program or through a new live stream class combined with categories 3O, 3T, 3OT, 7A and 7D.

Live Streamed Continuing Instruction Courses

Private and Commercial Continuing Instruction Courses (P-CIC & C-CIC) will also be available virtually this fall through live-streamed education sessions. Attendees will need a computer and reliable internet connection to participate in these programs. Register for these trainings through the Extension Store by searching the term "Live Streamed".

Commercial Continuing Instruction Courses

Commercial Ag Weed, Insect and Plant Disease Management (Categories 1A, 1B, 1C)

Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators (Categories 3O. 3T, and 3OT)

**NEW: Ornamental and Turf Pest Control & Mosquito Combination** (3O, 3T, 3OT, 7A, 7D)

Forest, Aquatic, and Right-of-Way (2, 5, 6)

Seed Treatment (4)

Pest Control Operators(7A, 7B, **7D-New**, 8)

Greenhouse and Ornamental Pest Control (3G, 3O)

Certified Handler

Fumigation (commercial and private fumigators) (7C)

Aerial Application (11)

Private Continuing Instruction Courses

Dates to be updated soon 


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.