Retail vendors selling federally classed Restricted and Commercial class (Schedule 1 or 2) pesticides must employ at least one individual holding a Commercial Pesticide Dispenser Certificate. Retail vendors selling Domestic class pesticides must employ at least one individual that holds a Lawn and Garden Pesticide Dispenser Certificate.
In addition to employing a dispenser (or applicator) at each outlet, every vendor must ensure that the dispenser or a dispenser assistant is working at the outlet at all times that the outlet is open for business.
Commercial Pesticide Dispenser Certification
All retail pesticide vendor outlets selling federally classes Restricted or Commercial class pesticides (Alberta Schedule 1 and 2) must employ at least one Certified Commercial Pesticide Dispenser. A certificate is issued on successful completion of the certification exam.
Commercial Pesticide Dispenser training includes sales regulations, individuals whom vendors are authorized to pesticides to, and provides information how to safely handle, store and dispose of pesticides
How does someone become a certified Commercial Pesticide Dispenser?
To become certified, individuals must obtain training and pass a certification exam. Further information on the program can be found at:
Certified Commercial Pesticide Dispensers must recertify every five years. To recertify, a dispenser must meet the recertification qualifications and apply for a new certificate.
Lawn and Garden Pesticide Dispenser Certification
All retail vendors selling Domestic Class (Schedule 3) pesticides must employ at least one certified Lawn and Garden Pesticide Dispenser. This requirement covers the majority of pesticide products formulated for outdoor residential lawn and garden use. Domestic class pesticides formulated for direct application on people and pets (repellents, flea and tick collars, pet shampoo) or for use inside homes are not included in these requirements.
The objective of Lawn and Garden Pesticide Dispenser certification program is to ensure that consumers have access to appropriate information regarding pest control, and that someone at each retail outlet has knowledge of pesticide sales regulations and safety requirements. Certificate holders will not be pest control experts, but they will be familiar with pesticides, pesticide safety, provincial regulations and provincial reference materials.
How does someone become a certified Lawn & Garden Pesticide Dispenser?
A Lawn and Garden Pesticide Dispenser Course is available year-round as a home study package from Olds College. An optional in-class tutorial is also available. For further information on both of these options, contact Olds College at:
Students will be advised as to exam times and locations closest to the student's preferred writing location. Upon successful completion of the exam, a certificate will automatically be issued to the student by the college.
Certified Lawn & Garden Pesticide Dispensers must recertify every five years. To recertify, a dispenser must meet the recertification qualifications and apply for a new certificate.
The Lawn and Garden Certification Program will not qualify dispensers selling Commercial or Restricted class pesticides or Schedule 4 pesticides with certification statements on the labels.
Pesticide Dispenser Assistant Training
All Commercial and Lawn and Garden Vendors are required to have a certified dispenser or dispenser assistant at all outlets during operating hours. Dispenser Assistants can only work under supervision of the dispenser employed by the same outlet. When the dispenser is temporarily away from the outlet, a dispenser assistant can authorize the sale of pesticides.
A pesticide Dispenser Assistant is trained by the dispenser according to the Training Checklist (Appendix B) in the Environmental Code of Practice for Pesticides. The Code requires the dispenser to train and complete a training checklist with their assistant(s) every year. The vendor must keep the training checklist for a period of 5 years.
Click on the links below for further information on the Environmental Code of Practice for Pesticides which can be found at:
Updated: Jul 6, 2018