Assistant Pesticide Applicator

Assistant applicators apply pesticides to treatment areas under the supervision of a certified pesticide applicator, safely transport pesticides to work sites, take pesticides in and out of storage, and ensure security of mobile, temporary and permanent pesticide storage facilities. Assistant applicators do not require certification, but as of July 1, 2016 they are required to undertake annual training provided online by the Ministry of Environment.

Training for Assistant Applicators

Employers are responsible to ensure that assistant applicators complete the required Ministry training annually. This can be accomplished by successfully completing the Ministry online course and passing the exam. The course and exam are free of charge and should take approximately four hours to complete.

  • Access the online course and examination here
  • You can review the course online, or you can download the materials and review the modules without internet access. However, you will require internet access to write the final exam.
  • You must obtain a passing grade of at least 75% in the final exam to receive a statement of completion.
  • You can give a copy of this statement to your employer for their files to show that you have successfully met the Ministry training requirements.

Assistant applicators are restricted from performing certain activities. If you are considering a job that requires you to do any restricted activity, you may require a commercial pesticide applicator certificate. For more information, please visit Pesticide Certification and Training.

You do not need to be trained as an assistant applicator before obtaining a commercial pesticide applicator certificate.

Information for Authorization Holders and Employers

As of July 1, 2016, authorization holders and employers must ensure that each assistant applicator applying or using a pesticide under the authorization has completed the Ministry of Environment Assistant Applicator online course and examination within the 12 months prior to the first application of a pesticide in a calendar year.

All authorization holders and employers must adhere to specific practices when employing or working with assistant applicators:

  • A certified applicator working under an authorization can supervise up to four individuals.
  • Licensees and Pest Management Plan holders must ensure their assistant applicators use the Ministry of Environment’s online course and examination to meet the training requirement. The course and exam are available free of charge.
  • Authorization holders are responsible for documenting completion of the course by assistant applicators. As such, authorization holders must:
    • Prepare and maintain a record of each assistant applicator’s completion of the Ministry of Environment course;
    • Keep the record at or near the treatment area during application of the pesticide; and
    • Make the record available to the supervising certificate holder
  • Authorization holders must ensure that assistant applicators do not perform any restricted activities.

Information for Supervisors of Assistant Applicators

An individual that is certified to apply commercial pesticides on public or private land can supervise up to four uncertified individuals that have completed the required Assistant Applicator training. A certified individual who is supervising assistant applicators:

  • Must not be more than 500m from each assistant applicator;
  • Must maintain continuous visual or auditory contact with each assistant applicator;
  • Must review the record kept by the authorization holder for each assistant applicator; and
  • Must not permit an assistant applicator to apply a pesticide unless satisfied that the assistant applicator has completed the course required by the Ministry of Environment.

Restrictions on Assistant Applicators

Assistant applicators are not allowed to:

  • Select the pesticides to be used in a treatment area;
  • Determine the method or rate of pesticide application in a treatment area;
  • Determine injury thresholds for pests for the purpose of deciding when to use a pesticide;
  • Mix pesticide concentrates;
  • Calibrate pesticide application equipment;
  • Handle or use fumigants;
  • Use permit-restricted or restricted class pesticides;
  • Use pesticides that have a label indicating that the pesticide must be used only by a certificate holder; and
  • Conduct pre or post-treatment evaluations.