Welcome to the on-line Manure Applicator Certification (MAC) Program.

The MAC program is a mandatory program based on state law that requires all commercial manure applicators and confinement site manure applicators with more than 500 animal units in confinement to be certified to handle, transport, or land-apply manure. Passing an examination or attending annual training can attain certification. Please keep in mind that education can only be used during the year it's taken, for instance you cannot use education taken in 2016 to renew a certification in 2017.

Do you want to be a Certified Commercial Manure Applicator? Will you be handling, hauling, or land applying manure for yourself or someone who is in the business of handling, hauling, or land applying manure and charging a fee to do so? If so, you will want to have the Commercial Manure Applicator Certification. Commercial Manure Applicators are required by law to pass an examination or attend three (3) hours of annual training each year. Your license will expire on March 1st of every year.

Do you want to be a Certified Confinement Site Manure Applicator? If you or your hired help are handling, hauling, or land applying manure from only your own confinement buildings, you will want to have a Confinement Site Certification. Confinement Site Applicators are required by law to pass an examination or attend two (2) hours of annual training. Your license is good for three (3) years, but you will need to attend training each year. Your license will expire on December 31st of your third year. If you miss training in your three-year license, you will need to take a make-up exam at a DNR Field Office.

Please select which type of certification you would like to have, and then follow the directions in each segment. Each video segment will run continuously with activities at the end of each module. If you need to stop or replay a certain section, please do so. You may stop at anytime and return at a later date. Each module is approximately 15 minutes. Please complete each module to qualify for certification.

To access learning modules, please select the subject you would like to learn. Once on that page, click the yellow box. After this opens, please click the enter button and watch the module and do the activity. Once you are finished with each module you will return to the main MAC page.

Once you have reached your required hours, you will be instructed on how to pay for your certification and how to print off your certification.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach works in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to provide the required training.

 

Do you want to be a Certified Confinement Site Manure Applicator?

A Confinement Site Manure Applicator is "a person, other than a commercial manure service or a commercial manure service representative, who applies manure on land if the manure originates from a manure storage structure." A confinement site is "a site where there is located a manure storage structure which is part of a confinement feeding operation, other than a small animal feeding operation." A confinement feeding operation means "an animal feeding operation in which animals are confined to areas which are totally roofed." Confinement site applicators applying manure from a small animal feeding operation (SAFO) are exempt from being certified.

If you want to be a Certified Confinement Site Manure Applicator, please click on the Confinement Site Manure Applicator Certification. This will move you to the Confinement Site Manure Applicator Certification training modules. Then click the "Enroll Me" Button at the bottom of the page.

Do you want to be a Certified Commercial Manure Applicator? 

A Commercial Manure Applicator Business is a sole proprietor or business association engaged in the business of transporting, handling, storing, or applying manure for a fee.

A Commercial Manure Applicator/Representative is a manager/employee of a commercial manure service. A manager is a person actively involved in and makes management decisions in the operation of a commercial manure service.

If you want to be a Certified Commercial Manure Applicator, please click on the Commercial Manure Applicator Certification. This will move you to the Commercial Manure Applicator Certification training modules. Then click the "Enroll Me" Button at the bottom of the page.