If you apply pesticide professionally in Manitoba, you must be certified and licensed through Manitoba Agriculture. Assiniboine offers certification for the Pesticide Core and all license categories.
The first step to obtaining your license is certification with Assiniboine. Certification is valid for five years and expires on December 31st of the fifth calendar year. 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 or Dealer category in order to obtain a license.
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 License. If you will be dispensing chemicals only and not applying it, you will need to certify by completing the Dealer exam.
Please note: Students requiring Dealer certification only do not need to complete the Pesticide Core exam.
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.
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.
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.
You can enroll for your certification exams instantly online. To register for your Pesticide Certification exam(s) please click on the registration button below and search for “PEST” and the date you wish to write your exam. Exam dates can be found here. Detailed registration instructions are listed in the Registration tab above.
If you are being sponsored by a company and they require an invoice for direct billing or you do not have access to a credit card, or smartphone please contact the program Administrative Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you have successfully achieved your certification you apply to Manitoba Agriculture who will issue your license. You must apply for your license annually. 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.
If you are new to pesticide application or are preparing to re-certify, you will find a pesticide tutorial right for you. These live online three-hour tutorials include a presentation by your instructor, an industry expert who will share with you the key concepts of applying pesticides for the work you do and common pests you encounter. The Tutorial Program Information Sheet, provides additional details about the tutorials, including categories, dates and registration information.
Aerial CEC Recertification
In addition to providing certification 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 passing 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. For more specific information regarding the Aerial Applicators CEC Program, contact the program Agriculture Extension Administrative Assistant. To register please complete the form below.
Manitoba Reciprocity Pesticide Legislation Exam
If you are certified and licensed in another province, Manitoba Agriculture recognizes and accepts that certification if it meets the National Standards and was granted within 5 years. To certify in Manitoba, you must first apply for a pesticide license with Manitoba Agriculture. Once approved, Manitoba Agriculture will direct you to Assiniboine to register and complete the Manitoba Reciprocity exam.
Careers & Connections
This program is specifically designed to provide training and exams for people who require Manitoba Pesticide Applicator and/or Dealer Certification.
Manitoba Agriculture, 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 license, please remember to include a copy of your final grade report which you can view/print from your MyACC account.
You can find license applications with instructions on the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development’s website.
Tools & Supplies
The Pesticide Certification program is a self-directed home study program that requires the purchase of a manual for self-study in preparation for the exam. Course manuals cost $120 per manual.
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 homepage. If you are ordering more than one manual, repeat steps. To place order, click on “Find Materials for 1 Course(s)”.
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 are updated annually. Please be aware that should you choose to use manual versions that are not current, it may jeopardize your exam outcome.
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 exam plus one other Pesticide category may apply for licensing to Manitoba Agriculture.
Course manuals cost $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 study materials are designed for people who have a Grade 12 literacy and numeracy level and exam questions are at that level as well. Manitoba Agriculture requires an applicant for a Pesticide licence to be 18 years of age or older.
To register for your Pesticide Certification exam(s) or tutorial please click on the registration button below and search for “PEST” and the date you wish to write your exam or take your tutorial. Exam dates can be found here.
To quickly find your specific exam or tutorial enter the specific course code found on the website homepage, or tutorial information sheet.
If you are being sponsored by a company and they require an invoice for direct billing or you do not have access to a credit card, please contact the program Administrative Assistant at email@example.com.
If you are new to the College you will be given a username at the end of the registration process. Please make note of this at the bottom of your payment acknowledgement. A temporary password will be emailed to you and you will be prompted to change this during your first login.
If you are a returning student, you will already have a username and password.
If you need help accessing your MyACC, please contact our IT Service Desk with your student # by email at ITServiceDesk@assiniboine.net or by phone at 204-725-8700 ext 6765. If you cannot find your student ID number, please contact registration by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 204-725-8700 ext 4032.
Please review your personal information on MyACC to ensure we have your correct information. If you have any changes to make to your address, name, or birthdate please contact email@example.com. A name change document (such as a Marriage Certificate, License, etc. will be required for a legal name change).
Once registered, you can expect an email within 7 days of registration. Please read this email carefully as it has important information to act upon including your username, the importance of MyACC, how to access your grades, receipts and tax information. It is a good idea to login at least a couple days in advance to ensure your account is fully operational.
If you have not received this email within 2 days of your exam, verify your email through MyACC and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to have it resent.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much time should I allow to go through the process of getting my license from beginning to end?
10 weeks. Your first step is to certify through Assiniboine and the next step is licensing with Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development.
I have a manual from six years ago- should I get a new one?
Yes. Regulations and legislation change along with technical information and forms.
How do I register for my exam?
Registration for all pesticide exams except the Reciprocal exam is completed online through Instant Enrolment. Click on the registration tab above and follow the instructions provided. If you are being sponsored by a company and they require an invoice for direct billing, or you do not have access to a credit card, please contact the program Administrative Assistant at email@example.com.
I have forgotten my MyACC username and password. Where can I get assistance?
If you are new to Assiniboine and registered for an exam online, you will be given your username at the bottom of your payment notification. You will then receive a separate email, with your temporary password. You will be prompted to change your password with your initial login.
If you are a returning student, use the same username and password you have used previously.
Please contact our IT Service Desk by email at ITServiceDesk@assiniboine.net or by phone at 204-725-8700 ext 6765 if you need help accessing your MyACC account (you will need your student ID number). If you cannot find your student ID number, please contact registration by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 204-725-8700 ext 4032.
What if I need to change my exam date after I register?
You must contact the program Administrative Assistant by email at email@example.com or call 204-725-8700 ext 6716 at least 1 business day prior to the first day of exam window to acquire necessary forms that you will need to complete and submit.
What if I am sick on the exam day?
Notify the program Administrative Assistant by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 204-725-8700 ext 6716 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?
No, you must register at least seven business days before your chosen exam date.
How many exams can I write in one day?
Because the online exams are offered in a two-day window, you can complete as many exams as you need to in a scheduled exam window.
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 Coordinator of Agriculture Extension at 204.725.8700 ext. 6392 before making a third attempt. After a third failed attempt, you must wait six months before writing again.
How can I access my receipts?
Receipts and Tax Information can be found on your MyACC account under Financial Information.
How do I update my personal information?
You can update your phone number, email, and emergency contacts on your MyACC account under User Profile. To change your mailing address or to correct your birthdate or name, please email email@example.com. A name change document (such as a Marriage Certificate, License, etc. will be required for a legal name change).