Pesticide Applicator Tutorials

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What can you expect from this program/course?

A Pesticide Applicator Certificate is required for:

Anyone applying Schedule 1 or 2 pesticides other than a commercial agriculturalist (farmer);
Anyone applying Schedule 3 pesticides;

  • in a rental dwelling,
  • in the common indoor and outdoor areas of condominiums,
  • in or on the grounds of a school, hospital, nursing home, or daycare facilities,
  • application of pesticides on public lands.

What will you learn?

Industry experts will help you prepare for your Agriculture, Industrial and Landscape exams in-class and with hands-on sessions! We have several tutorial sessions options available.


Agricultural, Landscape & Industrial Designation Tutorial

This tutorial is optional and is intended for people who are pursuing their Pesticide Applicator Certification with a designation for Agriculture, Landscape or Industrial applications. The tutorial reinforces understanding of the Pesticide Applicator Certification study material and prepares the student for the applicator exam. The tutorial consists of a series of workshops and hands-on labs.

Agriculture: includes the use of pesticides by ground application for livestock and agricultural crops.

Landscape: includes the use of pesticides (other than fumigants) by ground application for the maintenance of ornamental trees, shrubs, flowers and turf on outdoor residential, commercial (e.g. golf courses and cemeteries) and public land.  This class includes herbicide application to parking lots and roads for control of designated noxious or restricted weeds within urban areas, but does not include herbicide applications for brush control.

Industrial: The designation includes the use of pesticides by ground application for controlling weeds and brush on industrial areas including roadsides, power lines, pipelines, rights of way, easements, railways, petroleum well sites and equipment yards.  This class also includes herbicide application to parking lots and landscaped areas surrounding industrial facilities for the control of designated noxious and restricted weeds.


Authorized Assistant Tutorial (covers the core portion only)

Authorized Assistants are able to perform pesticide applications under the supervision of a certified applicator without requiring daily on-site supervision by a certified applicator.  In addition, Authorized Assistants are able to apply pesticides listed in section 5(11) of the Environmental Code of Practice for Pesticides without direct supervision by a certified applicator.

Individuals wanting to become an Authorized Assistant must complete a “core” examination and complete the Authorized Assistant Training Checklist with their supervising certified applicator.


Agricultural, Landscape and Industrial Designations Tutorial (for those that already have their core or another designation)

This tutorial is optional and is intended for people who have already obtained an “Authorized Assistant” Certificate and are now pursuing their Pesticide Applicator Certification with a designation in Agriculture, Landscape or Industrial Applications. This tutorial reinforces the understanding of the Pesticide Applicator Certification study material and prepares the student for the certification exam. The tutorial consists of a series of workshops and hands-on labs.


Seed Protectant Pesticide Applicator Tutorial

The tutorial is optional and is intended for people who are pursuing their Pesticide Applicator Certification with a special seed protectant application designation.  The tutorial reinforces understanding of the Pesticide Applicator Certification study material and prepares the student for the applicator exam.  The tutorial consists of a series of workshops and hands-on labs.

Special: Seed Protectant – includes the use or application of pesticides in the treatment of all types of seed with a pesticide registered for seed protection from diseases and insects during or shortly after the seed germinates.


More information on each tutorial is listed below. 

Tutorial Details


Agricultural, Landscape & Industrial Designation

This Tutorial Covers:

  • CORE lessons
  • Lesson 201: Insect Biology and Insecticides (not required for Industrial) 
  • Lesson 202: Weed Biology and Herbicides
  • Lesson 300: Calculations
  • Lesson 401: Weed Control
  • Lesson 402: Industrial Vegetation Management 
  • Lesson 501: Pests of Trees, Shrubs and Turf (not required for Industrial) 

Tutorial Dates: March 4-7, 2019

Delivery: Olds Campus (Room TBD)

Course Length: 4 Days

Credits: CEU credits only available for Authorized Assistant CORE Lesson Tutorial Portion (Monday, March 7)

Required Text & Materials/Pre-requisite: Familiarity with home study manual and the lessons pertaining to your designation. Purchase Here

Registration Deadline: Workshops/tutorials fill quickly, please register as early as possible 

Costs & Fees: $649 + GST (manual and exam arranged through Lakeland College)

Exams: Exams are based on the standard for pesticide education, training and certification in Canada and are available by calling 1.866.853.8646. The exams are available online through designated proctor sites located in Olds, Lethbridge, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, or Vermilion. Online exams allow for quicker processing of exam results.

Candidates require a grade of 70% or better to qualify for certification. Grades will be provided to the candidate immediately following the online examination. Successful candidates will receive certificates by mail. Commercial Pesticide Applicator certificates are valid for up to 5 years.


Authorized Assistant (covers the CORE portion only)

Tutorial Dates: March 4, 2019

Delivery: Olds Campus (Room TBD)

Course Length: 1 Day

Credits: Continuing Education Units (CEU) credit available if you want to attend as a previously certified applicator for ALL CLASSES 

  • 2 Regulations
  • 1 Human Health & Safety
  • 1 Labelling
  • 1 Environment
  • 1 Emergency Response

Required Text & Materials/Pre-requisite: Familiarity with home study manualThe CORE Lesson will be covered in this tutorial. Purchase Here

Registration Deadline: Workshops/tutorials fill quickly, please register as early as possible 

Costs & Fees: $199 + GST (manual and exam arranged through Lakeland College)

Exams: Exams are based on the standard for pesticide education, training and certification in Canada and are available by calling 1.866.853.8646. The exams are available online through designated proctor sites located in Olds, Lethbridge, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, or Vermilion. Online exams allow for quicker processing of exam results.

Candidates require a grade of 70% or better to qualify for certification. Grades will be provided to the candidate immediately following the online examination. Successful candidates will receive certificates by mail. Commercial Pesticide Applicator certificates are valid for up to 5 years.


Agricultural, Landscape and Industrial Designations (for those that already have their CORE or another designation)

This Tutorial Covers:

  • Lesson 201: Insect Biology and Insecticides (not required for Industrial) 
  • Lesson 202: Weed Biology and Herbicides
  • Lesson 300: Calculations
  • Lesson 401: Weed Control
  • Lesson 402: Industrial Vegetation Management 
  • Lesson 501: Pests of Trees, Shrubs and Turf (not required for Industrial) 

Tutorial Dates: March 5-7, 2019

Delivery: Olds Campus (James Murray Building, Room 316)

Course Length: 3 Days

Credits: Not eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Required Text & Materials/Pre-requisite: Familiarity with home study manual. Purchase Here

Registration Deadline: Workshops/tutorials fill quickly, please register as early as possible 

Costs & Fees: $549 + GST (manual and exam arranged through Lakeland College)

Exams: Exams are based on the standard for pesticide education, training and certification in Canada and are available by calling 1.866.853.8646. The exams are available online through designated proctor sites located in Olds, Lethbridge, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, or Vermilion. Online exams allow for quicker processing of exam results.

Candidates require a grade of 70% or better to qualify for certification. Grades will be provided to the candidate immediately following the online examination. Successful candidates will receive certificates by mail. Commercial Pesticide Applicator certificates are valid for up to 5 years.


Seed Protectant Pesticide Applicator

This Tutorial Covers:

CORE lessons

  • Lesson 203
  • Lesson 802

Tutorial Dates: March 4,5, 2019

Delivery: Olds Campus (Room TBD)

Course Length: 2 Days

Credits: Not eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Required Text & Materials/Pre-requisite: Familiarity with home study manual. Purchase Here

Registration Deadline: Workshops/tutorials fill quickly, please register as early as possible 

Costs & Fees: $349 + GST (manual and exam arranged through Lakeland College)

Exams: Exams are based on the standard for pesticide education, training and certification in Canada and are available by calling 1.866.853.8646. The exams are available online through designated proctor sites located in Olds, Lethbridge, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, or Vermilion. Online exams allow for quicker processing of exam results.

Candidates require a grade of 70% or better to qualify for certification. Grades will be provided to the candidate immediately following the online examination. Successful candidates will receive certificates by mail. Commercial Pesticide Applicator certificates are valid for up to 5 years.