The Ontario Pesticide Education Program supports Ontario farmers and pesticide vendors to achieve pesticide safety certification and training.
Online and in-person courses are available. Please see our course dates and locations.
Extension of your certificate
If you have a Grower Pesticide Safety Course certificate or a Pesticide Vendor Certification Course certificate that expired in or after January 2020 and were not able to renew your certification due to our cancellation and postponement of in-person courses, your certificate is now valid until the end of December 2020. Please see these letters from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks:
If you would like to request a refund for a course you signed up for and was cancelled, please email firstname.lastname@example.org -- 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.
Farmers must be certifed to buy and use Class 2 or 3 pesticides on their farms or woodlots, or on the farm that they work on. To become certified, a farmer must complete the Grower Pesticide Safety Course. We offer online and in-person courses.
New - staring January 1, 2021 There are some agricultural pesticides that farmers are currently allowed to buy and use without certification, called Class 4. Staring Jan. 1, 2021, farmers need to be certificd to buy and use these pesticides.
In Ontario, farmers who mix, load or apply Class 2 or 3 pesticides under supervision of a Certified Farmer must be trained. Class 4 agricultural pesticides will also be included starting on January 1, 2021. Supervised farmers 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 E (12) pesticides. Class E (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.