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Pesticide Applicator Testing Changes

Pesticide Applicator Testing Changes

Private and commercial pesticide applicator certification testing is moving from the Iowa Department of Agriculture's Wallace Building in Des Moines to the campus of Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is moving its private and commercial pesticide applicator certification testing program from the Wallace Building in Des Moines to the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny. All private and commercial pesticide applicator exams became available at DMACC starting March 28, 2011. Certification exams will still be offered at the Wallace Building until July 1, 2011.

There will be a few changes with the switch to the DMACC campus facility. Exams will be Web-based and anyone wanting to take an exam must get a username and password prior to going to the test center at DMACC. Information on obtaining a username and password can be found at the Pesticide Testing link on the IDALS website Go to the website and click on the "Pesticide Testing" link under "Hot Topics."

Will help make applicator testing program more efficient

"This change will help make the testing more efficient and is designed to reduce the wait time for those seeking to take a test to become certified for pesticide application," says Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.  "It is important for those people going to the new testing site at DMACC to visit our website beforehand to get a username and password to make sure they don't face any delays at the testing site."

Each person taking an exam through the DMACC test center will be required to pay a $20 fee for each day of testing. Cash or credit card may be used for paying the fee. Multiple exams may be taken during the same day provided the exams are finished at least 30 minutes before the test center closes. Exams will be available at the DMACC college test center, 2006 South Ankeny Blvd., Building 6, Room 23, in Ankeny, just north of Des Moines. 

Who needs to take the exam to become certified?

To become certified, all commercial and public applicators of pesticides are required to pass exams related to their type of work. All private applicators must also be certified to apply a "restricted use" type of pesticide.

Pesticide applicator certification exams will continue to be offered by appointment at existing community college sites throughout the state. In addition, the Iowa Department of Agriculture will maintain the approximately 58 winter test sites around the state until additional community college sites are organized.  Summer testing will continue to be offered each month at 10 different Iowa State University Extension offices across the state.

A full schedule of when tests are offered can be found at The state ag department has entered into an agreement with DMACC to cover this new arrangement.

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