To achieve certification, you must complete the requirements of the Grower Pesticide Safety Course. You will learn how to keep yourself, your family and the environment safe when you handle and use pesticides. The course does not include crop protection recommendations.
Are you certifying for the first time?
Farmers who are certifying for the first time may:
- participant in the online course, OR
- participate in an in-person Refresh & Rewrite session - includes the test. These are half a day. Learn what's new and refresh your knowledge before you write the test. OR
- participate in an all day in-person course with an open book test -- these are limited during the pandemic, OR
- study on your own and write the test.
All options include testing. A person must achieve a grade of 75% or more. The certification fee is $105.00 for any option.
During the pandemic, we are encouraging you to take the online course OR to study on your own and then sign up to write the test at a Refresh & Rewrite session. All in-person sessions are 10 people or less. We are limiting the number of all-day, in-person courses to reduce your contact with other people.
Are you renewing your certification?
To renew your certification, you have three options. The certification fee is the $105 for any option. You may:
- participate in an online course with testing OR
- participate in an in-person Refresh & Rewrite session - includes the test. Learn what's new and refresh your knowledge before you write the test.
- study on your own and pass the test at a supervised, in-person test session OR
The Grower Pesticide Safety Course is offered online over 5 days, Monday to Friday. You need to participate each day for to complete the day's homework. You will complete quizzes or discuss pesticide topics with your classmates. The course is available to you at anytime during the day -- you choose the time. There is not a scheduled time. However, we encourage you to login each day so that you are able to complete the course on time.
You are evaluated on each day’s learning activities and your participation in discussions with your classmates and the instructor. You must submit each day’s learning activities by 11 pm of that day. The activities contribute to your overall certification grade for a possible total grade of 100%. You need a grade of 75% or greater to successfully complete the course for certification. The more you learn before you begin the course, the easier it will be for you to participate and complete the learning activities. Before the course starts:
- Read the manual chapters.
- Practice your understanding by completing the Practice Your Understanding questions at the end of each chapter.
- Watch the videos.
Computer Skills and Equipment. You are expected be competent in the use of the internet and know how to use e-mail as you will be navigating and searching the internet, and corresponding with your instructor. The course works best when you use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers. You need a high speed connection to enroll in this course.
This video demonstrates the online course format. Watch it on YouTube. If it is going too fast for you, you can slow down the video using the YouTube speed control - see the settings.
Sign up for a date and location.
In-Person Course and/or Test
It's open-book. You may refer to the manual when you write the test. You need a grade of 75% to pass. The test is made up of short answer and multiple choice questions. There is some math to do - bring your calculator! If you are participating in an in-person course, you will write the test in two parts: one part before lunch and one part at the end of the course. If you are renewing by studying on your own and writing the test at an in-person test session, you have two hours to complete the test. You can rewrite the test again at no charge within one year, if you don't pass the first time.
Get Ready for Certification
Before you participate in a course or write the test, read our course manual and view our collection of videos on our YouTube Channel, Ontario Pesticide Ed. You may pick up your manual at a location near you (no charge). If there is no location close to you, please ask us to mail you a manual when you sign up for your course.
- Look at the Table of Contents. This will help you to follow along in the course or to find information during the open-book exam.
- Find the glossary at the back of the book. Refer to the glossary if you are unsure about the meaning of a technical word that is new to you.
- Complete the Practice Your Understanding questions at the end of each chapter: the answers are at the back of the book.
- Are you confident that you can calculate how much to use? Read the chapter "Applying the Right Amount of Pesticide".
- Pesticide labels give you the directions specific to each product. Read the chapter "The Pesticide Label" to learn about the information on a pesticide label.
- If you need more help with understanding the label and the calculations, please ask for our Label and Math Workbook (1-800-652-8573).
If you have any special needs, please call us at 1-800-652-8573. We're here to help!