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Groomer Operators

Snow grooming equipment is purchased through the Department's Snowmobile Cost-share Program.  This equipment is granted to clubs for use in developing and maintaining snowmobile trail systems in Iowa.  These are the steps to becoming a certified groomer operator:

  1. Apply to the program and authorize a driver's license check.  Form 542-0384
  2. Attend a new groomer operator training.
  3. Complete a mentorship with a certified groomer.  Form 542-0380
  4. Return training checklist to program to complete certification process.
  5. Certification card is issued by program.

Groomers must attend a workshop once every three years (effective 7/7/2010) to maintain their status as certified.  This training will focus on a greater understanding of trail development, equipment upkeep, and any changes or enhancements to the program which have taken place.  The recertification date is included on the card issued to the operator from the program. 

There is no fee for the initial certification training or the recertification training.

GROOMER WORKSHOPS

       
  • November 13, 2014
    Clayton County Snowbirds, 21352 US Highway 18, Monona, Iowa
    Start Time: 7:00 pm 
    Additional Information:  Bring your own seating
    Contact:  Chris Willey  563-920-9010 or kioti79@gmail.com
  • November 19, 2014
    Seibert Park, 508 Quaker Street, Manchester, Iowa
    Start: 7:00 pm
    Contact:  Chris Willey  563-920-9010 or kioti79@gmail.com
  • November 23, 2014
    Iowa State Snowmobile Association Convention
    Grant Harbor Convention Center, 350 Bell Street, Dubuque, Iowa
    Start Time:  9:00 am
    Contact:  Chris Willey   563-920-9010 or kioti79@gmail.com
  • December 11, 2014
    Coulter Community Center, 109 Main Street, Coulter, Iowa
    Start Time:  6:30 pm
    Contact:  Terry Durby  tdurb@yahoo.com
  • December 18, 2014
    Schumacher Well Drilling, 2201 Slagle Drive, Algona
    Start Time:  6:30 pm
    Contact:  Jerry Kramer  515-890-1099  or Jeremy Walker  515-341-1626

 

 

For general assistance, please send a request to webmaster@dnr.iowa.gov.

ANYONE OPERATING SNOW GROOMING EQUIPMENT MUST POSSESS A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE ISSUED BY THEIR STATE OF RESIDENCE AND A CERTIFIED GROOMER OPERATOR CARD ISSUED BY THE IOWA DNR.


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