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.

 

Upcoming In-Person Commercial Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses

(Click on program title for registration form)

Continuing Instruction Course Date Start Program Resources
Aquatic, Forest, and Right-of-Way
5, 2, 6
10/20/21 9:00 am Resource Handout
Ornamental and Turf Applicators
3O, 3T, 3OT
11/10/21 9:00 am Resource Handout
Fumigation (commercial and private fumigators)
7C
11/16/21 9:00 am Resource Handout
Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, Plant Disease
1A, 1B, 1C
11/17/21 9:00 am

Resource Handout

Agriculture Respirator Selection Guide

Pest Control Operators
7A, 7B, 8 
12/01/21 9:00 am Resource Handout
Aerial Applicators
11

Program Available Early Fall
Contact Local Extension Office

Resource Handout
Greenhouse and Ornamental Applicators
3G, 3O
Program Available Early Fall
Contact Local Extension Office
Resource Handout
Mosquito/Public Health Pest Management
7D, 8
Program Available Early Fall
Contact Local Extension Office
Resource Handout

Upcoming Live-Streamed Commercial Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses

(Click on program date for registration link)

Continuing Instruction Course Date Start Program Resources
Ornamental and Turf Applicators
3O, 3T, 3OT
11/05/21 1:00 pm Resource Handout
11/18/21 9:00 am
12/13/21 9:00 am
Aquatic, Forest, and Right-of-Way
5, 2,, 6
11/05/21 9:00 am Resource Handout
11/18/21 1:00 pm
12/13/21 1:00 pm
Pest Control Operators
7A, 7B, 8 
12/14/21 9:00 am Resource Handout
Mosquito/Public Health Pest Management
7D, 8
12/14/21 1:00 pm

Resource Handout

Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, Plant Disease
1A, 1B, 1C
12/15/21 9:00 am

Resource Handout

Agriculture Respirator Selection Guide

Aerial Applicators
11
12/15/21 1:00 pm Resource Handout
Seed Treatment
4
12/16/21 9:00 am Resource Handout
Greenhouse and Ornamental Applicators
3G, 3O
12/16/21 1:00 pm Resource Handout
Certified Handlers
H
12/17/21 9:00 am Resource Handout
Fumigation (commercial and private fumigators)
7C
12/17/21 1:00 pm Resource Handout

 

Helpful Links for Applicators

Here are some helpful tips for Certification and Testing through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Pesticide Bureau.

How To...Iowa Dept. of Agriculture Pesticide Bureau-Pesticide Applicator License and Certification

The Following Emergency Proclamations are NO LONGER in effect:

  • SECTION ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-SIX. Pursuant to Iowa Code§ 29C.6(6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code§ 206.5(2)(a) solely as it applies to commercial applicators, public applicators, and private applicators who were certified applicators as of December 31, 2019. Iowans should not expect that this suspension will be extended beyond May 2, 2021.
  • SECTION ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-SEVEN. Pursuant to Iowa Code§ 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code§ 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of lowa Code§ 206.5(3) requiring a commercial, public, or private applicator to be certified to apply pesticides so long as the applicator is under the direct supervision of a certified applicator. Suspension of this provision shall apply during the duration of this Proclamation and any future extension of this suspension. Iowans should not expect that this suspension will be extended beyond May 2, 2021.
  • SECTION ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT. Pursuant to Iowa Code§ 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code§ 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 206.6(1) requiring licensure to engage in the business of applying pesticides to the lands or property of another, to the extent that a person may engage in the business of applying pesticides to the property of another with nonrestricted general use pesticides indoors and for the sole purpose of disinfecting or sanitizing areas where humans live, work, or congregate. Suspension of this provision does not exempt a person from acquiring any other license or certification required under Iowa Code chapter 206.
  • SECTION ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-NINE. Pursuant to Iowa Code§ 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code§ 135. 144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of lowa Code§ 206.5(4) requiring a commercial applicator who applies pesticides to agricultural land to be certified so long as the applicator meets the requirements of a private applicator. This suspension shall not apply to aerial applicators. Suspension of this provision shall apply during the duration of this Proclamation and any future extension of this suspension. Iowans should not expect that this suspension will be extended beyond May 2, 2021.

Commercial and Private Pesticide Applicator Testing for Certification

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is resuming in-person testing sites to help commercial and private pesticide applicators obtain their certifications.

For all testing information go to The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Applicator Licensing & Certification page (https://iowaagriculture.gov/pesticide-bureau/applicator-licensing-certification). Pre-registration is required to take the exam.

Applicants can either mail their test results, training and application forms, and payments to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Pesticide Bureau or use the Self-Service Portal to obtain the private or commercial applicator certificate.

Register for the Self-Service Pesticide Portal

In April, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship launched an online, self-service portal. The portal uses each pesticide applicator’s unique certification number to match their application and payment to their training and testing history.

By moving the process online, individual pesticide applicators can access their records anytime by logging into the self-service portal. The system also has a public search function that empowers customers and employers to verify that their pesticide applicators are licensed to work in the state of Iowa. To register for the self-service portal, visit iowaagriculture.force.com/pesticideapplicator/s/login/SelfRegister.

Additional Information

For information regarding pesticide applicator licensing and certification, call the Pesticide Bureau at 515-281-8591 or email pesticides@iowaagriculture.gov.