Commercial Pesticide Applicator License
Pesticide applicators evaluate pest problems, real or potential, and select the most appropriate control measures, including integrated pest management and pesticides for the safe and effective control of pests. They ensure that the necessary pesticides, application equipment and other supplies are available for proper application of pesticides. They must understand the crops and/or sites treated with pesticides, as well as know the types of pests encountered and their effect on the crop or site in order to determine the severity of the problem and how to treat it.
Code Citation IC, Chapter 206; IAC 45
Who Applies The owner/manager of a commercial pesticide applicator business, golf course or public entity must apply for licensure before operations begin in Iowa.
When To Apply Any time prior to pesticide application.
Initial Requirements Must apply for license and provide financial responsibility, usually in the form of a certificate of insurance. Minimum requirements are $100,000 EACH for property damage and public liability OR $100,000 each occurrence and $300,000 aggregate.
Duration All licenses expire 12-31 of the calendar year.
Processing Time Approximately 10 days. The application can be submitted online now, contact IDALS for more information.
Fee Structure Application: 1 year business license is $25, this does expire 12-31 of the calendar year.
Renewal Requirements Renewal notifications are sent out each year. Penalty added after 12-31 of the calendar year.
Exam Testing schedule link below: https://iowaagriculture.gov/pesticide-bureau/applicator-licensing-certification
Additional Information The owner/manager of a commercial pesticide applicator business must apply for licensure before operations begin in Iowa. In addition, golf courses and public entities.
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