About Us

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In Ontario, over 22,000 farmers are certified or trained in pesticide safety and over 1,000 employees of pesticide vendor businesses. At the Ontario Pesticide Education Program, we offer over 300 courses face-to-face each year.  We offer certification online for those unable to attend a local session.  Whether it’s online or face-to-face, our team of staff and instructors are genuinely committed to helping you achieve training and certification in pesticide safety so that you work safely, protecting yourself, others and the environment.  Our connection with you makes our work profoundly satisfying. We, the staff and instructors, look forward to making your experience of certification satisfying to you. If you have any feedback for us, please contact me at skelner@uoguelph.ca.

Susan Kelner, Program Coordinator


The University of Guelph is committed to making its learning, living and work environments accessible and welcoming. In 2005, the province introduced the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), which seeks to ensure a fully accessible Ontario by 2025. This law moves from the concept of accommodation, where we make alterations on a per-person basis depending on that person’s disability, to one of accessibility where process, procedures, and policies are designed to improve access to the University’s people, goods and services.

Please contact us to tell us how we can best support your needs.

Ontario Pesticide Education Program (OPEP)
University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus - Brien House
120 Main St. East
Ridgetown ON Canada N0P 2C0
Telephone: 1-800-652-8573 (Ontario only) or 519-674-2230
Fax: 519-674-1589

The Ontario Pesticide Education Program (OPEP) at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus co-ordinates the Grower Pesticide Safety Course and the Pesticide Vendor Certification Course across the province, under the direction of a Steering Committee with representatives from:

This committee provides advice and support for this program.