Drive-Up Testing Option to Help Commercial Pesticide Applicators Obtain Certifications
Starting May 12, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is offering drive-up commercial pesticide applicator exams. Individuals will take the tests in their automobiles to maintain social distancing guidelines to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The drive-up testing requires preregistration, and the sessions are limited to 20 people per session. The first set of sessions, three sessions each on Tuesday, May 12, and Thursday, May 14, in Story County, are currently full.
The drive-up method of examination provides the ability to test for any of the commercial certification categories, including aerial (category 11), all agriculture certifications, and all landscape certifications.
Note there are specific rules for test-takers, some of which are different from regular in-person exams. Drive-up testing participants must wear a mask at the testing site and bring a basic calculator, a pencil, and a government-issued ID.