At the present time, in-person courses and test sessions are cancelled. We will be posting additonal online courses shortly to address the cancellations of in-person courses to help keep people safe and try to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
If you would like to request a refund for a course you signed up for and was cancelled, please email email@example.com -- include your name, the town and the date of the course you signed up for. We are able to transfer your payment to a future online course.
If you completed a course or test session with us (and paid), you can verify your expiry date using the "verification" on the left of our home page. Your number is your old or current number or is on the receipt we sent to you. All certifications for courses that were held up to March 13th inclusively, have been processed.
The Ontario Pesticide Education Program supports Ontario farmers and pesticide vendors to achieve pesticide safety certification and training.
In Ontario, farmers must be certified to buy and use Class 2 or 3 pesticides on their farms or woodlots, or on the farms that they work on. To become certified, a farmer must complete the Grower Pesticide Safety Course. We offer courses across the province.
In Ontario, farmers who mix, load or apply Class 2 or 3 pesticides under supervision of a Certified Farmer must be trained. These employees are called Farmer Assistants. There are two ways for Farmer Assistants to participate in training. They can:
- participate in a Grower Pesticide Safety Course or
- participate in a Pesticide Safety for Farmer Assistants training session presented by an On-Farm Instructor.
Pesticide vendors need to be certified under the Pesticide Vendor Certification Course before applying for a General Vendor pesticide licence. In Ontario, pesticide vendors need a licence to sell or transfer pesticides. There are three types of pesticide vendor licences: General Vendor, Limited Vendor, and Treated Seed Vendor. Each separate business location needs its own vendor licence.
Other Pesticide Certifications
Ontario Pesticide Training & Certification is available for anyone wanting to become a Licenced Exterminator or Technician. You need to be a licensed exterminator to apply pesticides for a pesticide application business. Call 1-888-620-9999.
IPM Course for Corn and Soybeans is available for anyone wanting to become certified to buy and use Class 12 pesticides. Class 12 pesticides are corn and soybean seeds treated with imidacloprid, clothianidin, or thiamethoxam. Call 1-866-225-9020
If you are unsure how Ontario's pesticide regulation applies to your situation, please contact the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Regional Office nearest you and ask to speak with a Pesticides Specialist. The Specialist will tell you which certificate or licence you require.