Important: Online, closed book, timed exams offered for 2021 certification!

*New* Dealer Certification (if you dispense chemical, please read information below regarding Dealer Certification.)

Please read the information below to determine whether you need to register for Pesticide Certification. If you have any questions regarding your certification, feel free to email lentonj@assiniboine.net.

If you need to (re)certify, please see the 2020-21 Pesticide Certification Registration Form to register for exam dates offered.  Exams for 2021 certification will be offered online, remotely proctored, timed and are considered closed book exams where certification will be extended for 5 years.

Note: If your Pesticide certification year (shown on your Pesticide license) was 2016 OR your certification was extended in 2020 due to the pandemic situation OR you obtained certification via an online, “open” book exam (April – Sept 2020),  your certification expires December 31, 2020.

Assiniboine uses the Examity proctoring system for online pesticide exams. Before registering, 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 or laptop (tablets, Chromebook and cell phones do not meet our 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

*New Dealer certification course for 2021*

If you will be dispensing chemical only and NOT applying it, you will need to certify in the Dealer exam only (Core is not required).  In order to prepare for the Dealer exam you will need to purchase the Dealer manual.  If you will be dispensing chemical AND applying it, you will need to certify in the Dealer course (to dispense) and the Core exam and whatever category exam that relates to the application. If you are currently certified in a category that offers “Dealer licensing”, you do not need to recertify in the new Dealer category until your current certification expires.

Manitoba Reciprocity Pesticide Legislation Exam

If you are needing to apply for a Pesticide licence in Manitoba and have current certification in another province you must apply first for a Manitoba Pesticide licence (with payment) to Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development.  Once Manitoba Agriculture approves your certification, you will be directed to contact Jo-Anne Lenton at Assiniboine College to obtain the legislation manual and register for the MB Reciprocal Pesticide open-book timed online exam. For online exams, note that certification will expire at the end of 2020.

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 as established by the Prairie Provinces Certification Committee. Assiniboine tracks CECs through its aerial applicator recertification tracking database.

For more specific information regarding the Aerial Applicators Program, contact Jo-Anne Lenton at lentonj@assiniboine.net


This course normally runs in March/April of 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 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, in co-operation with Assiniboine Community College, has authorized this training program designed to prepare prospective candidates.


If you passed the exam(s), you will receive a licence application form(s) with your Final Grade Report to submit to Manitoba AG Pesticide Licensing Branch.

Mail or deliver licence application forms to:

Manitoba Agriculture, Pesticide Licensing
Box 969
67-2nd St. NE
Altona, MB,  R0G 0B0

Tools & Supplies

The Pesticide Certification program uses a distance education approach. Contact the Assiniboine Bookstore to order your manuals. On receipt of the manuals, review the material and make use of the worksheets. If you are having problems mastering the material, attend one of the pesticide workshops put on by Assiniboine throughout the testing year.

If in doubt, contact the Pesticide Administrative Assistant at 204.725.8700 ext. 6716.

Manuals for the Pesticide Certification program may be purchased at the Assiniboine Bookstore at the Victoria Avenue East Campus, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the Assiniboine Bookstore website to learn more about ordering online.

Ordering Pesticide Certification manuals:

View the Pesticide Course Codes/Descriptions to help with ordering your manuals:

Courses & Costs

Students who successfully complete the required Pesticide Core course plus one other Pesticide course/category may apply for licensing to Manitoba Agriculture. 

Mail or deliver licence application forms to:

Manitoba Agriculture, Pesticide Licensing
Box 969
67-2nd St. NE
Altona, MB,  R0G 0B0


    Certification Process

    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 requires an applicant for a Pesticide license to be 18 years of age or older.

    Certification Process

    1. Confirm what courses you need based on the licence category you will need to obtain. For category descriptions, see Pesticide course/category descriptions.
    2. Course manuals (for home study) can be purchased from the Assiniboine Bookstore at a cost of $120 each and include a Field Guide to Crop Protection if required for the course.
    3. Pesticide workshops are optional but highly recommended. Workshops are designed to prepare you for Pesticide certification exams. For optimum benefit from a workshop, study in advance and bring your manual and questions with you. Also, select a workshop date that is scheduled to occur in advance nearest to the exam date you've chosen. Please see the Workshop Registration Form.
    4. Select exam/date/location and register for each of your courses. Exams fees are $125 per exam. If an alternate date and/or location is desired, please contact 1.204.725.8700 ext 6716 to make arrangements for pre-approved testing. Please note, with the set-up of an alternate date/location, there is a non-refundable $100.00 fee that is applied to each exam. Registration for the upcoming exam dates opens on November 1st of each year. To register for pesticide exams, please use this registration form:  Pesticide Exam Registration. For additional details, read the FAQs below or visit the Manitoba Agriculture's website.
    5. Successfully completed exam(s): Within approximately two weeks of writing exam(s), you will receive a Final Grade Report by mail informing you of your grade along with a licence application.

    Program Details

    As needed
    Program Start
    Course Load
    Program Details
    Available by Distance
    Agriculture Extension

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How often do I have to re-certify with ACC?

    Every five years.

    How often do I have to renew my license with MARD?

    Every year.

    What are the steps involved with getting my license?

    Step one is Certification; step two is Licensing.

    Assiniboine College is responsible for Pesticide certification and Manitoba Agriculture & Resource Development (MARD) is responsible for Pesticide licensing.

    How much time should I allow to go through the process of getting my license from beginning to end?

    10 weeks.

    How do I know which courses (exams) I need for my job?

    Determine which license you need using the:

    If you are still unsure, please contact the Assiniboine Pesticide Certification program at 204.725.8700 ext. 6716.

    How do I get my manual?

    Manuals are purchased through Follett's Bookstore located in Assiniboine's Victoria Avenue East campus.

    To order your manuals online, follow these steps:

    Visit the bookstore website, select Books → Textbooks & Course Material→ all for Program → Fall 2015 → PEST for Department → get Course Number from Exam Registration form (last 4 digits of the exam).

    You can also call Follett's Bookstore at 1.800.862.6307 ext. 6788.

    I have a manual from six years ago- should I get a new one?

    Yes. Regulations and legislation change.

    What if I prefer to study in a classroom with an instructor?

    Workshops are optional but highly recommended. They do not replace home study but are designed to ASSIST in preparing for exams. To make the best use of the workshop, study in advance and bring your manual and questions with you.

    What if I need to change my exam date after I register?

    You must submit a completed Registration Change form to the Admissions & Registration department prior to 9 a.m. on the scheduled exam day.

    What if I am sick on the exam day?

    Notify Admissions & Registration and submit a copy of your medical certificate within five business days of the exam date to be transferred to another exam date at no charge.

    Can I register late or show up at the exam without registration?

    No, you must register at least ten business days before the exam date.

    How many exams can I write in one day?

    Two exams is the maximum. You may take a small break between exams.

    What if I fail my exam?

    To rewrite an exam, you must repeat the registration and fee payment process. If you fail on the second exam writing, you must contact the Pesticide Coordinator at 204.725.8700 ext. 7116.