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Pesticide Applicator Exams

You must successfully complete a written exam to obtain a pesticide applicator certificate.  This allows you to apply a commercial, restricted or manufacturing class pesticide.  A pass mark of 75% is required.  All pesticide exams are administered by the Department of Communities, Land and Environment.


What are the requirements?
You must be 18 years of age to write a pesticide applicator exam.


What do I need to do to write an exam?
Before writing a pesticide exam, you need to:

  • study the Core Pesticide Applicator Manual and the training material specific to your work or business;
  • review the exam schedule and select an exam date and location that works for you; and
  • contact the Department of Communities, Land and Environment at (902) 368-5024 to register for a date and time.


What are the fees?
$75 is the cost of a pesticide applicator certificate. There is no HST. The fee must be paid before the exam is written.  

Payment can be made by cash or cheque.  Cheques must be made payable to the Minister of Finance.  Credit card or debit is also accepted in O’Leary, Montague and Souris locations only. 


Where can I find training material for the exam?
On-line training material is available to help you study for a pesticide applicator certificate exam.  Printed copies can be purchased from the Department of Communities, Land and Environment.


Are training courses available?
Yes, but only if you are writing an agricultural (Class A) exam.  A one-day course focusing on the proper handling, storage and use of pesticides are held annually in January, February and March.  Immediately following this course, you can write your exam.  Please contact the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries at (902) 368-4154 for more information on the next available course and to register.



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