Commercial Pesticide Applicator (Individual) Cert.

Iowa Department of Ag & Land Stewardship


Certification for an individual, employed by a licensed commercial pesticide application business or otherwise, to evaluate pest problems and take pest control measures, including integrated pest management and the application of pesticides.

Code Citation IC 206; IAC 21-45.22

Who Applies Any person applying pesticides must apply for certification. They must be an employee or owner of a business that has a Pesticide license.

When To Apply Any time before pesticide application begins.

Initial Requirements No formal education or experience is required, but the applicant must pass the Iowa Core Manual Exam and category exams specific to the type of pests controlled. Study manuals are available to prepare for the certification from Iowa State University. Exams are given at various testing sites, some of which use the Quia system. Each individual taking an exam at a Quia/electronic site will need to obtain a Quia username and password prior to arriving at the test center. Please log onto the following website for obtaining your Quia username and password: A fee will be collected for each test/test day to be determined by the testing center. All testing sites are found at the link below Certification can be renewed by re-testing every three years or by attending 2 hours of continuing instruction approved by the IDALS each calendar year, including the same year you initially become certified. In addition to Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification for the individual applicator, a business which employs the individual applicator must possess a Commercial Pesticide Applicator (Business) License.

Duration Effective 7-1-12 all certification fees will be 3 year fees only.

Processing Time Approximately 10 days or this can be done online now. Contact IDALS for information on this.

Fee Structure Commercial/Non Commercial Application Fee: $75 (3 years) Renewal Fee: $75 (3 years) Golf Course/Public Entity fee: $15 (3 years)

Renewal Requirements An individual may choose to renew certification by re-testing every three years or by attending two hours of continuing instruction approved by the Department each year of their certification to include the same year that they certify. An individual certified in more than one category must obtain the required training for each category in lieu of re-testing each year. (A person certified in more than one category must obtain continuing instruction for each category.)

Exam An applicant must study the \\”Iowa Core Manual\\” and one, or all, of the 18 other manuals applicable to the type of work being performed, and pass exams administered by the Department of Agriculture. The manuals are: Iowa Core Manuals 1C-445 1A Agricultural Weed Control CS-9 1B Agricultural Insect Control CS-10 1C Agricultural Crop Disease Control CS-11 1D Fruit and Vegetable Pest Control CS-12 1E Animal Pest Control CS-13 2 Forest Pest Control CS-14 3 Ornamental, Turf and Greenhouse Pest Control CS-15 4 Seed Treatment CS-16 5 Aquatic Pest Control CS-17 6 Right of Way Pest Control CS-18 7A General and Household Pest Control CS-19 7B Termite Pest Control CS-20 7C Fumigation CS-27 7D Community Insect Control CS-22 7E Wood Preservatives CS-28 7F Antifouling Paints CS-29 8 Public Health Pest Control CS-23 9 Regulatory Pest Control CS-24 10 Demonstration and Research Pest Control CS-25 11 Aerial Application CS-26

Additional Information Any person applying pesticides that are restricted use or for monetary gain must apply for certification and a commercial applicator license (business) themselves or be listed as an employee that is certified under a commercial applicator license (business).

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Tammy Green
Wallace Bldg
502 E 9th St
Des Moines, IA 50319