Authorized Assistants are able to perform pesticide applications under the supervision of a certified applicator without requiring daily on-site supervision by a certified applicator. In addition, Authorized Assistants are able to apply pesticides listed in section 5(11) of the Environmental Code of Practice for Pesticides without direct supervision by a certified applicator. For example, an Authorized Assistant can apply Tordon 101® along a roadway without a certified applicator being present at all times.
Individuals wanting to become an Authorized Assistant must complete a "core" examination and complete the Authorized Assistant Training Checklist with their supervising certified applicator.
The "core" examination can be taken through one of the following two processes:
complete the Pesticide Applicator "Core" examination administered through Lakeland College. Upon successful completion of this exam, Lakeland College will issue an "Authorized Assistant" Certificate.
Authorized Assistants who obtained the certificate issued by Lakeland College can go on to write the remainder of the Pesticide Applicator Certification exam without having to rewrite the "core portion" of the examination.
Authorized Assistants who obtained the certificate issued by a trainer must, if they want to become a certified applicator, write the entire Pesticide Applicator Certification exam including the "core portion" of the examination.
The Authorized Assistant Training Checklist is provided to all individuals who pass the Authorized Assistant examination. The Training Checklist must be completed with their supervising certified applicator:
- prior to any pesticide application
- whenever the pesticide, the application equipment or the use location changes,
- at least yearly thereafter.
The Training Checklist is also available in the:
No daily or direct supervision is required. However, the certified applicator is responsible for the Authorized Assistants' pesticide related activities and must remain in radio, cell or telephone contact with them at all times when they are handling or applying pesticides.
Updated: Feb 14, 2018