Get Ready to Train your Farmer Assistants

1) Setting up your training session

  • Be sure your participants are comfortable and ready to learn.
  • Be sure to have a manual for each Farmer Assistant and any demonstration items of safety equipment with you.

2) Have a translator available, if needed

  • Present the training in a language that the trainees can understand.  Spanish speaking On-Farm Instructors are available for hire to train Farmer Assistants.  Call 1-800-652-8573 or email us at for a list of available Spanish speaking On-Farm Instructors.   

3) Use the training materials you received at your On-Farm Instructor Course

  • Demonstration items of protective clothing and personal protective equipment (disposable coveralls, chemical resistant gloves, goggles, apron)
  • Any of your own items from your farm that will help you teach your Farmer Assistants

4) Send your training form and fee to us

  • Complete and sign a Record of Safety Training for Assistants form for each Farmer Assistant
  • Make sure that the Farmer Assistant also signs this form
  • Pay the fee of $25 (no HST) per person, payable to the University of Guelph
  • Send the form and payment to us by mail if paying by cheque or by e-mail or fax if you are paying with a credit card.  Phone us with your credit card details.  

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

  • Once OPEP receives the documents and fees, OPEP will issue a Training Card for each Assistant.

5) Did you hire the services of another On Farm Instructor to deliver the training for you?

  • If this is true, a Certified Farmer from your operation must also be present during the training session. The Certified Farmer from your operation must also sign the Record of Pesticide Safety Training form.

6) Need the wallet cards returned quickly?

  • Fax your documents to us at 519-674-1589 and then call 1-800-652-8573 to pay with a VISA or MasterCard. However please also send the original documents by mail, so that OPEP will have the original signed documents on file.