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Class registrations taken until 24 hours prior to class start date. The goal of the DNR Snowmobile Education Program is to expose riders, old and new, to responsible viewpoints on rider safety and to provide a base for rider skill development. The Snowmobile Education Course is designed to teach students the principles of safe snowmobiling and how snowmobiling affects other people and the environment. The course is approximately 8 hours in length and is designed to be completed in one day, usually on a weekend. The course is taught by certified instructors and is classroom based. Because snowfall and snow cover in Iowa is not predictable, a riding component is not part of the student evaluation. However, instructors do try to offer riding demonstrations and practice when possible. Students are strongly encouraged to practice what they learn in class on the trails with supervision from an adult.
Topics which are covered in the course include identifying common parts of a snowmobile; pre-ride inspections; proper riding positions, skills, and strategies; risk awareness and risk management; safety gear; trail signs; and Iowas laws and regulations that apply to the sport or snowmobiling. Students will also be engaged in discussions about environmental concerns and the practice of only riding in legal areas and with landowner permission.
The following age restrictions apply to persons operating a snowmobile on public property in Iowa:
Persons under 12 must be accompanied by a qualified person riding on the same snowmobile.
Persons 12 to 15 must have a valid education certificate and be under the direct supervision of a qualified person.
Persons 16 to 17 may operate unsupervised but must have a valid education certificate.
Persons 18 and older may operate without an education certificate. While anyone is welcome to take this course, education certificates will only be issued to students who are 12 or older and pass the course. Students who are 11 will receive a certificate that will become effective on their 12th birthday. Students who successfully complete the course will receive their education certificate at the end of the class.
Students will be given a written exam that they must pass with 80% accuracy in order to earn their education certificate.
SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE WILL EARN THE PARTICIPANT AN EDUCATION CERTIFICATE, WHICH IS REQUIRED FOR RIDERS 12 17 ON PUBLIC LAND IN IOWA AS PRESCRIBED BY IOWA CODE SECTION 321G.24.
AN EDUCATION CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES IS RECOGNIZED BY MOST STATES. PLEASE CALL AHEAD TO YOUR DESTINATION STATE TO CHECK THEIR REQUIREMENTS. ** If you did not find an upcoming course please click on the Snowmobile Education link above.
Snowmobile Online Course
With the online snowmobile safety course you have the convenience of completing the coursework and the final certification exam from home and at your own pace. Our course is fully narrated and features numerous interactive exercises that help bring the topics to life. The online study guide is approved by the Iowa DNR and covers 100% of the snowmobile safety final exam.
Successful completion of this course will earn the participant an education certificate, which is required for riders 12-17 years of age on public land in Iowa.
To begin taking the Iowa Online Snowmobile Course please click here.