Mandatory! Lake Service Provider AIS Training & Permits

Lake Service Provider Business Owners are required by law to attend in-person Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) training and obtain a service provider permit prior to working in waters of the state. Training sessions have been scheduled throughout the state. Lake Service Providers should act now and be sure to attend a training session and obtain a permit. 

State invasive species laws (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 84D) laws passed in 2011 aim to help prevent the spread of AIS between waters in the state. They also require service providers to apply for a permit, pay the $50 application fee, attend training in person and pass a test. Upon completion of all mentioned tasks a permit will be issued to the service provider.

Persons who work for a permitted service provider do not have to take the DNR training in person, but must take an online training at any time before working in waters of the state.  The online training will cover the same information as the training  for permitted service providers. Upon completion a certificate will be generated with the person’s information and it will need to be printed and kept in their possession at all times when working in waters of the state.  Instructions and the link to take the training can be found on the DNR website (link below).

Through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Waters is conducting statewide trainings for businesses that install and remove water recreation equipment. The training sessions provide the information needed to understand and pass the required test. In addition, service providers are taught how to integrate AIS prevention strategies into their business. The test will be administered at the training sessions.

View the Lake Service Provider Permit and Training Information webpage on the DNR website for training dates & locations, online permit application, and online training for employees. 

Lake Service Provider Resources

Lake Service ProviderTraining Manual

Frequently Asked Questions About Lake Service Provider Permits  

Permitted Lake Service Providers