Applicator Recertification

Pesticide Applicator Certificates are issued for up to five years. To recertify their applicator certificate, applicators must PRIOR to their certificate expiry date:

  • Rewrite the Pesticide Applicator Certification Examination, OR
  • Complete the requirements of a Continuing Education Program AND
  • Complete a Pesticide Applicator Recertification Application Form

Applicators can arrange to rewrite their certification exam and/or obtain the Pesticide Applicator Recertification Application Form by contacting Lakeland College at:

The Continuing Education Program requires an applicator to recertify by obtaining fifteen (15) Continuing Education Credits within their five-year certification period (some exceptions apply).

One credit normally equals one-hour of attending/participating in an approved information session, demonstration or course. A recertification committee comprised of industry representatives and government approves the sessions/courses and assigns the appropriate number of credits.

Individuals organizing sessions/courses applicable to pesticide applicators are encouraged to apply for Continuing Education Credits by completing the Request for Credit Application Form which can be found on the Application Forms webpage.

Credit applications must be submitted at least three weeks before the session is scheduled to be held.

There are 10 concept areas for training:

  • Application Technology
  • Emergency Response
  • Environment
  • General Information
  • Human Health
  • Labelling
  • Pesticide Safety
  • Pest Management
  • Professionalism
  • Regulations

Within the fifteen (15) Continuing Education Credits required, the following minimums/concept must be obtained:

  • One credit in Environment (i.e. environmental issues, pesticide fate, runoff, movement, leaching, etc.)
  • Two credits in Application Technology (i.e. calibration clinics, drift modeling, new equipment demonstrations, etc.)
  • Two credits in Health and Pesticide Safety (i.e. safe application, storage, disposal of pesticides - practices to ensure personal, bystander, animal health, etc.)
  • Two credits in Pest Management (i.e. pest description, pesticide characteristics, Integrated Pest Management, etc.)
  • Two credits on Regulations (i.e. new regulations, regulatory concerns)

A maximum of 10 Continuing Education Credits can be obtained in any one year.

Certification Classes

For further information on the courses/sessions recognized for credit, click on the appropriate certification class below:


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Updated: Mar 19, 2018