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 22, 2015
King’s Pointe Resort, Storm Lake, Iowa
Start: 8:00 am
Contact: Chris Willey at 563-920-9010 or kioti79@gmail.com

December 2, 2015
Community Center, Rudd, Iowa
Start: 6:00 pm (arrive by 5:45 pm)
Dinner provided by Floyd County Groomers Association and North Iowa Snow Seekers
Instructor: Gary McVicker
RSVP to Angie Braun at 641-494-6133

December 3, 2015
Pizza Hut, 900 N Grand Ave, Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Start: 5:30 pm
Hosted by Southeast Iowa Ridge Blasters
Contact: Chris Willey 563-920-9010 or kioti79@gmail.com

December 12, 2015
Haman Auction Service, 642 Bellville Road (HWY 175), Stratford, Iowa
Start: 7:00 pm
Contact: Chris Willey 563-920-9010 or  kioti79@gmail.com

January 7, 2016
Class location: 1222 HWY 150, Fort Atkinson, Iowa
Hosted by Trails Unlimited Snowmobile Club
Start Time: 7:00 pm
Bring own seating
Instructor: Chris Willey 563-920-9010 or kioti79@gmail.com

February 8, 2016
Class location: 505 E Ramsey St, Bancroft, Iowa 50517
Hosted by North Kossuth Golf Club
Start Time: 6:30pm, doors open at 6:00pm
Instructor: Terry Durby, tdurb@yahoo.com

For assistance with the program, please contact Rhonda Fowler at 515-725-8490 or Rhonda.Fowler@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.