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 and Climate Change Regional Office nearest you and ask to speak with a Pesticides Specialist. The Specialist will tell you which certificate or licence you require.