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

2020-2021 Private applicator Continuing Instruction Course Information

Due to COVID-19, the private pesticide applicator Continuing Instruction Course (P-CIC) program will have additional recertification options. Applicators have until April 15, 2021, to attend a P-CIC program. 

Check with your county extension office or their website for information on programs they will provide. 

Here are some of the options that may be available to you. All options require preregistration.

  1. Live in-person meetings with your field agronomist, practicing social distancing, and wearing masks.
  2. In-person meetings at your county extension office with a prerecorded video. Social distancing and masks will be required at this time.
  3. Virtual, online, programs with your field agronomist. We will use Zoom for these meetings. Some of these will be available for you to view from your home.
  4. Live Virtual P-CIC with ISU PSEP. You will connect from your home or another place with a good internet connection. Contact your county extension office to preregister.
    • Jan. 20 from 9-11:30 a.m.
    • Feb. 11 from 9-11:30 a.m.
    • Feb. 18 from 9-11:30 a.m.
    • Mar. 1 from 1-3:30 p.m.
    • Mar. 16 from 7-9:30 p.m.
    • Apr. 6 from 7-9:30 p.m.
    • Apr. 12 from 1-3:30 p.m.

Counties Accepting Registration for Live Virtual P-CIC with ISU PSEP (County Contact Information):

  • Adair
  • Audubon
  • Benton
  • Black Hawk
  • Boone
  • Bremer
  • Buchanan
  • Buena Vista
  • Butler
  • Calhoun
  • Carroll
  • Cass
  • Cerro Gordo
  • Cherokee
  • Clayton
  • Crawford
  • Decatur
  • Delaware
  • Dubuque
  • East Pottawattamie
  • Fayette
  • Franklin
  • Grundy
  • Hamilton
  • Harrison
  • Howard
  • Ida
  • Iowa
  • Jefferson
  • Jones
  • Keokuk
  • Linn
  • Lucas
  • Lyon
  • Madison
  • Marion
  • Monona
  • Montgomery
  • Muscatine
  • O'Brien
  • Page
  • Plymouth
  • Pocahontas
  • Poweshiek
  • Sac
  • Shelby
  • Sioux
  • Tama
  • Union
  • West Pottawattamie
  • Winneshiek
  • Woodbury
  • Worth
  • Wright

You can also renew your certification by re-testing. More information about testing is available here:

Upcoming Commercial Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses

(Click on program title for registration form)

Continuing Instruction Course Date Start Program Resources
Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, Plant Disease
1A, 1B, 1C
02/10/21 9:00 am

Resource Handout

Agriculture Respirator Selection Guide

Seed Treatment
02/17/21 9:00 am Resource Handout
Ornamental and Turf Applicators
3O, 3T, 3OT
03/03/21 9:00 am Resource Handout
Certified Handlers
03/10/21 9:00 am Resource Handout

Additional Program Resource Handouts


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