Certificate Verification

Extension of your certificate

If you have a Grower Pesticide Safety Course certificate or a Pesticide Vendor Certification Course certificate that expires on or after January 1, 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 December 31, 2020.  Please see these letters from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks: 

We have online courses available.  In-person courses are postponed until a later date.  We are exploring ways to offer certification to participants without computer capability. 

Staff are working remotely.  Please use email during this period.  Staff can be reached at rcopep@uoguelph.ca. Our aim is to respond as promptly as possible.  If you need a staff person to call you, please state that in your email.

If you would like to request a refund for a course you signed up for and was cancelled, please email rcopep@uoguelph.ca -- 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.

Certified Farmers

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. 

On-Farm Instructors

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:

  1. participate in a Grower Pesticide Safety Course or
  2. participate in a Pesticide Safety for Farmer Assistants training session presented by an On-Farm Instructor.

Pesticide Vendors

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.


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