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The snowmobile education course is designed to teach students the principles of safe snowmobiling and how snowmobiling affects other people and the environment.

The following age restrictions apply to persons operating a snowmobile on public land, public ice, designated riding trails or designated riding areas in Iowa:

  • Persons under the age of 16 may operate their own snowmobile under the direct supervision of a responsible person of at least 18 years of age experienced in snowmobile operation who possesses a valid driver's license or an education certificate issued or recognized by the DNR.
  • Persons 12 through 17 must have a valid education certificate in their possession when operating.
  • Persons 16 to 17 may operate unsupervised, but must have a valid education certificate. Restrictions on operating a motor vehicle also apply to persons in this age group.
  • Persons 18 and older may operate without an education certificate if their privilege to operate a motor vehicle has not been barred or revoked.

The focus of the DNR Snowmobile Education Program is to provide an education course that reduces the rate of accidents, injuries, property damage, and fatalities, while at the same time promoting the development of environmental stewards by educating our students about environmental concerns, energy conservation and proper maintenance of snowmobiles, and promoting the practice of only riding in legal areas and with landowner permission.

Students can attend an instructor-led class or take a certification course online. Students must complete a written exam with a minimum score of 80% to receive an education certificate.  Cost of the course is $10 payable at time of class.

Instructor-led courses:

November 29, 2014 -- 9 am - 4 pm
Carqwest, 801 8th Street N, Northwood, Iowa
Bring sack lunch, drinks will be provided
Must preregister with instructor:  Joe @ 641-424-8536

November 29, 2014  Start at 9:00 am
Jake Ludeking Farm, 2005 Centennial Road, Decorah, Iowa
Lunch, breaks, and snacks included in course fee of $20 per student
Sponsored by Winneshiek Trail Twisters
Preregister with Jake at 563-380-6747 or Kurt at 563-379-0844

December 6, 2014
Mayne's Grove, four miles south of Hampton
Sponsored by Iowa River Riders
For more information, contact Chad at 641-425-3247

December 13, 2014 -- 8 am - 4 pm
Hancock County Courthouse, Law Enforcement Center, 855 State Street, Garner, Iowa
Bring a sack lunch
Must preregister with instructor:  Ross @ 641-923-2871

December 13, 2014  Start at 9 am
UAW Hall, 411 Iowa Avenue W, Marshalltown, Iowa
Lunch provided by Central Iowa Snowmobilers
Preregister with instructor:  Kevin @ 641-485-0123

December 27, 2014  8:00 am - 4 pm
Wical's, 1012 Park Street, Reinbeck, Iowa
Lunch provided
Preregister with instructor:  Scott @ 319-345-6638

December 27, 2014  8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Delaware County Extension Office, 1417 N Franklin Street, Manchester
Lunch included in course fee of $20.00
Preregister with Larry or Diane Childs 563-927-5934 or Eugene Wulfekuhle 563-929-1639

December 30, 2014  8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dickinson County Expo Center, Spirit Lake, Iowa
Lunch, beverages, and snacks provided by Dickinson County Show Hawks
Preregister with instructor:  Dan @ 712-330-2609

January 4, 2014  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Kuennen's House of Power, Main Street, Maynard, Iowa
Lunch:  Lunch and snacks will be provided
Special Information:  class size is limited to 25 students
Preregister with instructors:  Kate  536-920-3306  or Randy  563-920-5989

January 17, 2015   8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Northwest Iowa Community College, 603 West Park Street, Sheldon, Iowa
Lunch:  Bring sack lunch
Preregister by calling Evan Bensley at 800-352-4907

To register for the online certification course, please go to


For information about classes or the Snowmobile Education Program, please contact