Ontario farmers who buy and use Class 2 or 3 pesticides on farms must be certified. 

Ontario farmers who mix, load or apply Class 2 or 3 pesticides under supervision of a Certified Farmer must be trained.

To become a Certified Farmer, you must:

The certification fee is $105 (no HST) per person.  Anyone is welcome to take the course and only those who meet the required age and farmer definition will be issued a certificate. 

To become a Farmer Assistant, you must participate in: 

  • a Grower Pesticide Safety Course.  The certification fee is $105 (no HST). OR
  • a Pesticide Safety for Farmer Assistants training session presented by an On-Farm Instructor.  The fee to register each Farmer Assistant with us is $25.  On-Farm Instructors,  hired outside the farm, set their own training fees.

To become an On-Farm Instructor, you must:

  • participate in a half-day On-Farm Instructor Course.  This course is for Certified Farmers who want to become qualified to train Farmer Assistants.  The course fee is $65 (no HST).