Online Pesticide Applicator Certification Exams

8/6/2020, Until further notice, testers must be Iowa residents. You must bring and wear a face covering.

IMPORTANT – Username and Password

Any tester wishing to take exams at IWCC needs to obtain a Quia username and password before arriving.

To create your Quia username and password, click on this ink See these instructions if you need help creating your account. 

Iowa Western Testing Locations

Computer-based pesticide applicator testing is available at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Shenandoah, Harlan, and Atlantic. Please contact the center nearest you to schedule an appointment. Testing days and times vary per location. 

Council Bluffs Campus, Looft Hall (712) 325-3256
Atlantic Cass County Center(712) 243-5527
Harlan Shelby County Center(712) 755-3568
Shenandoah Page/Fremont County Center (712) 246-1499


The fee for testing is $20 per test payable to IWCC via debit/credit card when you schedule your appointment.

Study Material

We highly recommend you study for your exams prior to coming to take your test(s). Please keep in mind that it is NOT possible to review missed questions at the end of your exams. To purchase manuals and study guides for Certification, click on this link Manuals and Study Guides for Certification

Know What Certification You Need

Make sure you know the correct certification categories you will need for the type of pesticides you need to apply. Discuss with your employer if you are unsure of what you need. Please contact the Department of Agriculture at (515) 281-5601 regarding licensing questions.

Commercial Pesticide Applicator Information

Private Pesticide Applicator Information

Testing Policy and Exam Day Instructions for Candidates

Click on this link Pesticide Applicator Certification Exams for testing policy and exam day instructions. 

IDALS Pesticide Bureau Contact Information

Pesticide Bureau – Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship (IDALS)
Henry A. Wallace Building, 502 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0051



Phone: (515) 281-5601