Schedule Manure Applicator Training Now
Posted: 08/01/2013

DES MOINES – Summer is a good time for manure applicators to schedule training to complete their 2013 certification.

Commercial and confinement site applicators who are not yet certified can attend training now, well before fall harvest. They must complete training and submit certification materials before applying manure this fall. 

Applicators can watch a training video to fulfill the three-hour commercial or two-hour training requirement. They should make an appointment to see the videos at the closest Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office. This is also an opportunity for first-time applicators to become certified.

Check with county offices to see if there is a fee or a scheduled viewing time. Please bring a copy of any past manure applicator’s certificate or a current driver’s license.

More information about the certification program is available on the Iowa Manure Management Action Group’s website at Or, check the DNR website at under Applicator Certification.

Manure applicators may take an exam instead of taking training. Exams are 50 multiple choice or true/false questions. A score of 35 or more passes the exam. Applicators may take the exam by appointment at the following DNR field offices:
• Northeast Iowa, Manchester, 563-927-2640.
• North central Iowa, Mason City, 641-424-4073.
• Northwest Iowa, Spencer, 712-262-4177.
• Southwest Iowa, Atlantic, 712-243-1934.
• South central Iowa, Des Moines, 515-725-0268.
• Southeast Iowa, Washington, 319-653-2135.

After finishing the training or passing the exam, applicators need to submit forms and fees to the DNR to complete the certification process.