Pesticide Training

Pesticide Applicator Certification

A pesticide applicator certificate is required for:

  • Anyone applying Schedule 1 or 2 pesticides other than a commercial agriculturalist (farmer);
  • Anyone applying Schedule 3 pesticides;
    • in a rental dwelling,
    • in the common indoor and outdoor areas of condominiums,
    • in or on the grounds of a school, hospital, nursing home, or daycare facilities,
    • on public lands.
  • Anyone applying a pesticide where the label specifies for use by "certified or authorized applicators".

For further information about the applicator certification program, see:

Pesticide Trainers

Applicators and college instructors wanting to train their own staff or students can become pesticide trainers. In addition, anyone wanting to train Authorized Assistants must be a Pesticide Trainer. More information on pesticide trainers is available at:

Pesticide Training Programs

A number of specialized training programs have been developed to allow individuals to access Commercial class pesticides for use on their own land. They include:

Farmer Pesticide Certificate Program

  • Available for farmers needing to purchase and use pesticides on their own land (or land they rent or lease) where the label requires all users to be certified (eg. Stored grain fumigants).
  • Available on line free of charge through Alberta Agriculture and Forestry at:

Rural Acreage Owner Herbicide Program

  • Available to acreage owners residing in a rural setting who need access to Commercial class herbicides to control weeds specified under the Weed Control Act that are growing in their pastures or non-cropland.
  • Administered through the rural acreage owner’s local Agricultural Service Board (ASB) and the Agricultural Fieldman.
  • ASBs must have agreed to participate in the program and upon confirming that the rural acreage owner has an infestation of these regulated weeds, will refer their rural acreage owners to Lakeland College to obtain this training.
  • NOTE: Rural Acreage Owners have access to a limited number of Commercial Class Herbicides for use on their turf without need of the certification program as specified in the Environmental Code of Practice for Pesticides.
  • Further information is available at:

Rural Acreage Owner Rodenticide Program

  • Available to acreage owners residing in a rural setting who need access to Commercial class rodenticides to control rodents impacting their property or structures.
  • Training program is not currently available but is scheduled to be available through Lakeland College in an online platform in the summer of 2018. Further information is available at:
    • Lakeland College
      Tel: 1 866 853-8646

Industrial User Limited Rodenticide Program

  • Available to employees of industrial companies who need access to Commercial class rodenticides to control rodents impacting their employer’s property or structures.
  • The program cannot be used to control rodents in structures that include sleeping facilities nor eating establishments (ie. lunchrooms, restaurants, cook shacks, facilities that store feed or food etc.)
  • The program cannot be used for individuals that provide a pesticide application service.
  • Training program is not currently available but is scheduled to be available through Lakeland College in an online platform in the summer of 2018. Further information is available at:
    • Lakeland College
      Tel: 1 866 853-8646

Pesticide Dispenser Certification

A Commercial dispenser certificate is required for anyone who sells Restricted and Commercial class (Schedule 1 and 2) pesticides at retail.

A Lawn and Garden Dispenser Certificate is required for anyone who sells Domestic class (Schedule 3) pesticides at retail.

For further information about the dispenser certification program, see:

Assistants

An applicator can supervise up to six assistants however they must be trained appropriately. There are two classes of assistants. Authorized Assistants have successfully completed an examination whereas a non-certified assistant has been trained by the supervising applicator. The supervising applicator must train and supervise their assistants in accordance with the Environmental Code of Practice for Pesticides.

More information on training of assistants is available below:

 

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Updated: Feb 14, 2018