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 (IDALS).Other programs that PSEP is involved in include integrated pest management, worker protection, environmental quality, and agricultural health.

Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) programming adjustments due to COVID-19

Several 2020 Commercial CIC programs will be available via Zoom meetings/webinars. This website will be updated with additional information as online CIC programs are scheduled. You may also contact your county extension office to register and for more details.

A self-paced online course is now available for the 2020 Fumigation CIC. To register for the course go to

Private CIC programs for the 2020-2021 season will be available on a limited basis in December 2020. More private CIC programs are planned for after January 2021 and through the spring.

Upcoming Commercial Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses

(Program Registration Forms will be available late summer)

Continuing Instruction Course Date Start Program Resources
Roadside, Forest, and Aquatic Pest Management
2, 5, 6, 10
10/21/20 9:00 am Resource Handout
Mosquito and Public Health Pest Management
7D, 8, 10
10/28/20 9:00 am Resource Handout
Ornamental and Turf Applicators
3O, 3T, 3OT, 10
11/04/20 9:00 am Resource Handout
7C, 10
11/17/20 9:00 am Resource Handout
Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, and Plant Disease Management 
1A, 1B, 1C, 10
11/18/20 9:00 am Resource Handout
Pest Control Operators
7A, 7B, 8, 10
12/02/20 9:00 am Resource Handout

Greenhouse Video
3G, 3O, 10


Counties can schedule to fit their Office

Resource Handout

Aerial Applicators
11, 10

After November 1, 2020 Resource Handout

Additional Program Resource Handouts

Seed Treatment

Certified Handlers

Helpful Links for Applicators

Due to many changes brought on by COVID-19, things can sometimes become a little confusing. Here are some helpful tips for Certification and Testing through the IDALS Pesticide Bureau.

How to...IDALS Pesticide Bureau License and Certification

In-Person Commercial and Private Pesticide Applicator Testing Available

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is resuming in-person testing sites to help commercial and private pesticide applicators obtain their certifications after COVID-19 caused the cancellation of several in-person testing sessions earlier this spring.

Beginning Sept. 4, in-person commercial and private pesticide applicator exams will be available at select Iowa State University County Extension offices. Individuals will take the tests in-person using social distancing guidelines to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Pre-registration is required to take the exam. Pesticide applicators can sign-up for in-person testing here.

Online Private Applicator Exam Available

Private pesticide applicators who want to obtain or renew their certifications can register to take the private certification exam online. To register for the online exam, visit

Once applicants pass the online exam, they will use their certification number to log-in to the self-service portal and submit their application, test results and payment. Once the application, payment, training and testing information are received and processed by the Pesticide Bureau, the licenses and certifications will be sent directly to the applicants.

Applicants can also mail their test results, training and application forms, and payments to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Pesticide Bureau to obtain the private 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

Additional Information

For additional information about COVID-19-related pesticide applicator training and testing options, visit

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