Pesticide Use

Pesticide Certification Program
Since December 1996 it has been mandatory for users of commercial class or restricted class pesticides to be certified. The NS Department of Environment & Labour administers the Pesticide Certification Program.

A Pesticide Applicators Certificate is acquired after successful completion of the NSDEL Pesticide Certification exam and payment of a fee. Certificates are valid for a period of 5 years after date of issue.

Recertification may be obtained by:

  • rewriting the exam, or
  • by accumulating 15 Pesticide Recertification Points (PRCP's) through participation in approved training sessions over the 5 year period as described below

Pesticide Recertification Points (PRCP's)
PRCP's are assigned on the following basis:

  • one PRCP is assigned for each hour of training
  • 10 of the required 15 PRCP/s must be acquired from training that deals with pest management application technology or human health & safety
  • no more than five hours may be credited to any one of the 10 concepts in the Nation Standard (see below)
  • only 5 PRCP's may be obtained in any one year
  • trainers/providers will provide a complete list of attendees to the NSDEL - each attendee must be advised they must maintain their own record of PRCP's earned
  • to be eligible for a PRCP credit, the syllabus for each training event along with proposed PRCP point value must be approved by NSDEL

National Standards
(Basic Knowledge Requirement for Pesticide Education in Canada)

This document is organized into the 10 following concepts and contains the minimum knowledge requirements for the certification of applicators:

  1. General Information
    • terminology
    • categorizing pesticides
    • formulations
  2. Regulations
    • federal, provincial, and municipal pesticide laws
  3. Labelling
    • identify, define and use the information on pesticide labels
  4. Human Health
    • acute and chronic toxicity
    • routes of exposure
    • factors affecting exposure
    • reducing exposure and risk
    • recognition of poisoning
  5. Pesticide Safety
    • attitude and general precautions
    • selecting and purchasing pesticides
    • protective clothing and equipment
    • transportation, storage and disposal
    • mixing and loading
    • safety during application
    • re-entry
    • application records
  6. Environment
    • fate of pesticides
    • aquatic impact
    • land impact
  7. Pest Management
    • integrated pest management
    • pest identification and biology
    • monitoring methods, action and injury level
  8. Application Technology
    • equipment selection
    • proper equipment set-up, use and maintenance
    • equipment calibration and pesticide use calculations
    • pesticide products and factors affecting their use and performance
  9. Emergency Response
    • spills
    • fire
    • first aid
  10. Professionalism
    • dealing effectively with clients and the public regarding the use of pesticides

Courses in Pesticide Certification are offered by various organizations including: