Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig recently announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Office of Pesticides has extended the option of online testing to anyone. commercial and private pesticide applicator category reviews. The Department also strongly encourages pesticide applicators to apply for certification using the online self-service portal to avoid delays in the spring.
“The online testing platform gives commercial and private pesticide applicators the ability to take the exam from their home or office at a convenient time,” Secretary Naig said. “The expansion of online testing options, as well as the Department’s new online pesticide self-service portal, are examples of our continued focus on customer service across the Department. We encourage applicators to take advantage of these online options as they work to achieve certification for the upcoming growing season.
Online commercial pesticide applicator testing:
All reviews of commercial pesticide categories are now available online. Commercial pesticide applicators can create an account to take the exam online at data.iowaagriculture.gov/pest_signup/#online. Online exams are monitored, recorded and reviewed by a third-party monitoring service. A web camera, high-speed internet connection, and government-issued photo ID are required for online testing. There is a $ 25 fee for each commercial pesticide applicator test performed online, payable directly to the third party online testing service.
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Commercial pesticide applicators will receive a preliminary pass / fail result as soon as they complete the online exam; these preliminary results cannot be used to apply for pesticide applicator certification. The third-party monitoring service will certify the test results and send the final grades to the email address used to register for the exam. Feedback on test results is only available on in-person testing sites and will not be provided for online exams.
Online private pesticide applicator testing:
Private pesticide applicators who wish to obtain or renew their certifications can register to take the private certification exam online. To register for the online exam, visit iowaagriculture.force.com/pesticideapplicator/s/login/.
The department is also partnering with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to host in-person applicator testing sessions. In-person testing sites are located in Black Hawk, Cerro Gordo, Dallas, Dubuque, Humboldt, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Scott and Woodbury counties. In-person commercial and private applicator testing is free. Pre-registration is required. Applicators can visit iowaagriculture.gov/pesticide-bureau/guidance-person-pesticide-exam-sites to reserve a place.
Apply for a pesticide applicator license online:
Once applicators pass the exam online or in person, they must use their certification number to log into the Department’s Pesticide Self-Service Portal to submit their application, test results, and payment. Once the application, payment, training and testing information is received and processed by the Pesticides Bureau, licenses and certifications will be sent directly to applicants.
For more information, contact the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Management Office of Pesticides at 515-281-8591 or [email protected]
Jason W. Selby is the community editor for Mitchell Country Press News. He can be reached at 515-971-6217, or by email at [email protected]