If you apply pesticide professionally in Manitoba, you must be certified and licenced through Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development. Assiniboine offers the certification for the pesticide core and all licence categories.
The first step to obtaining your licence is certification with Assiniboine. Re-certification is required through Assiniboine every five years. The Guide to Pesticide Certification outlines the steps to take to complete your certification/recertification.
The following are all of the categories available for certification. All applicators must have their Core certification plus the appropriate category in order to obtain a licence.
Applicators are introduced to the regulations that apply to pesticide sale and use. Safety issues such as proper pesticide handling procedures, reading pesticide labels, responding to pesticide emergencies and impact on the environment are also discussed. Students also learn general pesticide terminology, pest management concepts and basic elements of application technology.
This national course covers application of pesticides by air to forestlands, rights-of-way, and agricultural lands including orchards.
Agriculture Ground (PEST-0030)
Applicators will learn the unique properties of pesticide products, proper use and handling of pesticides, safety and health precautions for the student and the environment, and emergency responses and procedures. They study the aspects of applying and dispensing agricultural pesticides and the major federal and provincial regulations affecting the application and sale of agricultural pesticides. Students also learn how to determine pesticide application rates and batch calculations, calibrate field and custom sprayers, and respond to pesticide application complaints.
A pesticide dealer is a person (or business) that sells pesticides to an end-user. Retail pesticide dealers that sell commercial and/or restricted class pesticides in Manitoba are required to have a Pesticide Dealer Licence. If you will be dispensing chemicals only and not applying it, you will need to certify by completing the Dealer exam.
Please note: If you are currently certified in a category that offers Dealer licensing, you are not required to recertify in the new Dealer category until your current certification expires.
Applicators will learn how to use pesticides in forest management operations including site preparation, brushing, conifer release, thinning, and insect, rodent and disease control.
Fumigation/Stored Ag Products (PEST-0032)
Applicators will learn about the use of fumigant gases for control of insects in stored grains (farm and grain elevators) and stored grain products (flour mills and grain product storage facilities).
Applicators will learn about the use of pesticides (excluding the use of restricted fumigants that are gases at room temperature) in and immediately around greenhouses or interior plant structures.
Applicators will learn about the use of pesticides for controlling weeds on industrial areas including roadsides, power lines, pipelines, rights-of-way, railways, well sites, and non-cropland and equipment yards. This category includes herbicide applications to parking lots and roadbeds during road construction.
Landscape/Golf Course (PEST-0140)
Applicators will learn about the use of pesticides in the maintenance of ornamental trees, shrubs, on flowers and turf, on outdoor residential, commercial (e.g. cemeteries) and public land and golf courses. This category includes use in outdoor nurseries for propagation of landscape and garden plants, but does not include fumigation within the greenhouse environment. In addition to the Pesticide Landscape/Golf Course Pesticide Certification, at least one operator from each company must successfully complete the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) course offered by ACC. For more information on the IPM course and registration information visit the program website.
Livestock Products (PEST-0013)
Applicators learn the special properties of agricultural pesticides that are used for the protection of agricultural animals and treatment for insect pests that affect farm animals. Students are also made aware of the difference between pesticides that have a Pest Control Products (PCP) number and those that have a Drug Identification Number (DIN).
Applicators will learn about the use of insecticides for control of mosquito larvae or adults.
Rural Municipal (PEST-0011)
Applicators will learn about the use of pesticides for controlling weeds in industrial areas including roadsides, power lines, pipelines, rights-of-way, railways, well sites, and non-cropland and equipment yards. Generally this certification course would apply to Municipal government employees. Responsibility for administering the Provincial Noxious Weeds Act falls into this category.
Seed Treatment (PEST-0008)
Applicators will learn about the use of pesticides for commercial seed treatment.
Applicators will learn about the use of insecticides, rodenticides, avicides and repellents for the prevention and control of pests inside structures (excluding plant pests in greenhouses or interior landscapes or on exterior surfaces). This category includes rodenticide use on public or private land.
If you have any questions regarding your certification or are unsure of which category is applicable to your work, please contact email@example.com.
Once you have successfully achieved your certification you apply to Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development who will issue your licence. You must apply for your licence annually. Re-certification is required through Assiniboine every five years and expires on December 31st of the fifth calendar year. You can find your pesticide certification year on your licence. For more information on licensing visit the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development licensing page.
Manuals for Pesticide Core and all categories are available for home study and all exam questions are based on the manual material. To order manuals, please click on the Tools and Supplies link above.
Aerial CEC Recertification
In addition to providing training and exams for Aerial Applicator licensing, Assiniboine also recognizes Aerial Applicator Recertification continuing education credits (CECs). Aerial applicators register in the course PEST-0102 and receive a 'P' (pass mark) at the end of their five-year recertification period by acquiring the required number of CECs in the required concepts as established by the Prairie Provinces Certification Committee. Assiniboine tracks CECs through its aerial applicator recertification tracking database. To register please complete the form below.
For more specific information regarding the Aerial Applicators CEC Program, contact the program Agriculture Extension Administrative Assistant.
Manitoba Reciprocity Pesticide Legislation Exam
If you certified and licenced in another province, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development recognizes and accepts certification from other provinces as long as the certification meets the National Standards and was granted within 5 years. If you wish to certify in Manitoba you must first apply for a pesticide licence with Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development. Once approved, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development will direct you to Assiniboine to register and complete the Manitoba Reciprocity exam for certification in Manitoba. To register please complete the registration form.
Pesticide Grower Course
This course is offered in March/April every year and provides growers with the knowledge to select and apply pesticide safely and to effectively enhance the management of the farm operation. This category combines key elements of the pesticide core, agricultural ground and livestock categories. The Pesticide Grower Certification requires candidates to complete the tutorial course prior to writing the open book, grower certification exam.
Careers & Connections
This program is specifically designed to provide training for people who require Manitoba Pesticide Applicator and/or Dealer Certification.
Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development, in co-operation with Assiniboine, has authorized this training program designed to prepare prospective candidates for licensing in Manitoba.
If you have passed your required exams and are ready to apply for your licence, please remember to include a copy of your final grade report which you can view/print from your MyACC account.
You can find licence applications with instructions on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development’s website.
Tools & Supplies
The Pesticide Certification program is a self-directed home study course and requires the purchase of a manual for self-study in preparation for the exam. On receipt of the manuals, review the material and make use of any exercises, practice questions or activities included. If you are having problems understanding the material, reach out to industry experts and/or colleagues.
Manuals for the Pesticide Certification program may be purchased at the Assiniboine Bookstore. From the bookstore’s website scroll down and under “Get Your Textbooks” click on “Find Courses”. For “Select Department”, select “PEST” from drop down menu; for “Select Course”, from the dropdown menu select the last 4 digits of the course code. Course codes are found on the website or in the program guide. If you are ordering more than one manual, repeat steps. To place order click on “Find Materials for 1 Course(s)”. Please be aware that should you choose to use manual versions that are not current, it may jeopardize your exam outcome.
Please note: Manuals for the 2021-2022 certification exam season have all received minor updates to terminology, product and organization names and forms. These minor updates will be reflected in the exam questions. Please be aware that if you choose to use versions of manuals printed prior to the fall of 2021 that the content may have been revised and this may affect your ability to provide correct responses to exam questions.
Assiniboine uses the Examity proctoring system for online pesticide exams. Before registering for your exam, please ensure the computer you’ll be using meets Examity requirements:
Examity system requirements are:
- MacOS X 10.5 or higher, Windows Vista or higher. Examity does not support Linux or Chrome OS
- Desktop computer, laptop or Chromebook (tablets and cell phones do not meet requirements)
- A working built-in or external webcam and microphone
- Internet speed must be at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload. Hot spots are not recommended
- Browser with pop-up blocker disabled
Courses & Costs
Students who successfully complete the required Pesticide Core course plus one other Pesticide course/category may apply for licensing to Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development.
Course manuals must be purchased at the cost of $120 per manual.
The exam fee is $135 per exam.
While there are no particular requirements to enrol for certification, you should keep in mind that courses are designed for people who have a Grade 12 literacy and numeracy level. Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development requires an applicant for a Pesticide licence to be 18 years of age or older.
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