Reminders for Private Pesticide Applicators in Iowa: Part 1 Final Call for Continuing Instruction Courses

March 22, 2022 4:35 PM
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Iowa private pesticide applicators are required to be certified to apply pesticides if they are using restricted-use pesticides.  Initially, to get certified, applicators need to take and pass an exam. Then, to maintain their certification, applicators can either attend a 2-hour continuing instruction course each year of their the 3-year certification cycle or pass the exam once every three years.  Private pesticide applicator continuing education is offered from December 1 through April 15.  If you still need to attend a continuing instruction course, check below to see what opportunities remain for you to complete your training between now and April 15. 

  • Attend a face-to-face private pesticide continuing education course.  These 2-hour trainings are offered through your county Extension office in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomists. As of March 21, there are only 6 remaining face-to-face courses remaining.  Contact the county Extension office where you plan to attend to pre-register. 






    Contact Number

    March 24, 2022


    Community Center, Protivin

    9:30 a.m.


    March 24, 2022


    Memorial Building, Traer

    6:30 p.m.


    March 29, 2022


    Public Safety Center, Osage

    7:00 p.m.


    March 31, 2022


    Community Center, Grundy Center

    7:00 p.m.


    April 6, 2022


    ISU Extension Office, Marshalltown

    9:30 a.m.


    April 7, 2022


    Sheldon, Bldg. C, Room 328 NW Iowa Community College

    7:00 p.m.

    712- 957-5045


  • Attend the live-streamed continuing education course on April 5 at 6 p.m.  The cost is $35 per person, and you will be required to “check-in” multiple times throughout the program.  Registration for this event closes on April 4 at 9 a.m.  The registration link and additional participation details can be found at
  • “Last chance” DVD blue-ray showings will be available at certain county Extension offices on April 13, 14 or 15.  Please contact your county Extension office to determine if they will provide this training opportunity or if they can refer you to a county that does offer this training. You are highly encouraged not to wait until the last day (April 15) as this date is a holiday for many county offices.

Part 2 in this series will focus on what to do if your certification expired December 2021.

We graciously acknowledge the ISU Pesticide Safety Education Program staff for reviewing this blog post. 



Angie Rieck-Hinz Field Agronomist in NC Iowa

Angie Rieck-Hinz is a field agronomist in north central Iowa for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She has worked for ISU Extension and Outreach for over 30 years, serving in various roles on campus and now in the field.  She works closely with farmers on integrated pes...

Rebecca Vittetoe Field Agronomist in EC Iowa

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