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Online Pesticide Applicator Certification Exams

3/18/2020 Please note, Iowa Western is temporarily suspending commercial and private applicator testing. We hope to resume testing in a few weeks. Please consult the Iowa Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Bureau website for up-to-date information on other testing sites.

IMPORTANT - Username and Password

Any tester wishing to take exams at IWCC needs to obtain a Quia username and password before arriving. Not having your username and password set up prior to your arrival may delay your testing session.

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 apporintment. 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 day payable to IWCC via cash or debit/credit card. You may take as many exams as needed per day (one per category) provided the last exam is finished 30 minutes prior to the close of the testing center.

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


Email: [email protected]

Phone: (515) 281-5601