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Training and certification

Updated August 2014

Under the Pesticides Act, a certificate is required of vendors and users of pesticides who work in the activity sectors described in the Regulation respecting permits and certificates for the sale and use of pesticides.

A table enumerates and describes these activity sectors.

A certificate from the Ministère is obtained after the applicant has passed the examination prescribed by or recognized by the Ministère. Training is not mandatory but allows for the acquisition of knowledge needed to pass the certification examination.

The prescribed examinations were specifically developed and are offered for the purposes of obtaining a certificate. The examinations, courses, and learning guides relating to the use and sale of pesticides were designed and prepared by Société de formation à distance des commissions scolaires du Québec (SOFAD) in collaboration with Ministère.

The recognized examinations are offered both as part of the professional and vocational study programs of Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES), or through universities. 

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Training and Examinations Offered at SOFAD

  • SOFAD offers distance training including learning guides, homework, tutoring and examinations. You may obtain all information needed to register for distance training as well as the registration form on the SOFAD website.
  • Self-teaching, through the use of the learning guides produced by SOFAD. To order these guides, please contact SOCADIS Inc. at 514-331-3300 in the greater Montréal area or 1-800-361-2847 elsewhere in Québec.

Written, monitored examinations take place in SOFAD-authorized centers. To learn more about these examinations, registration, and examination hours and locations, click here.

Other forms of training

  • Classroom training is given by public and private schools as well as by private instructors.
  • Farmers may also contact their regional agricultural training representatives. Contact information for regional agricultural training representatives may be found on the training website.

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Prescribed or Recognized Examinations Offered through the Education Network

The table below enumerates prescribed or recognized examinations offered by the education network for obtaining a certificate.

The prescribed examinations are administered by SOFAD except for the MELS exam PES-143 (PES-243) or equivalent numbers: 499012 (999012) Rational and safe use of pesticides – Forest and aquatic environments (99012) which is offered by certain school boards. A learning guide (French) for Forest and aquatic environments sector is available from Centre d’élaboration des moyens d’enseignement du Québec (CEMEQ).

Certain other prescribed or recognized examinations no longer offered by the education network are allowed for obtaining some classes and subclasses of certificates. For more information please contact your regional Ministère office.

Prescribed and Recognized Examinations Offered for Obtaining a Certificate Class or Subclass
Activity Requiring Certification Certificate Class or Subclass Prescribed and Recognized Examinations
CERTIFICATE FOR THE SALE OF PESTICIDES – A or B
Wholesale: class 1 - 5 pesticides A

Prescribed examinations

EXAMTCV-01 Sale of pesticides – Wholesale (classes 1–5) and retail (classes 1–3)

or

EXAMTCVG-01 Sale of pesticides – Wholesale (classes 1–5)

Recognized examinations (French, PDF, 54 KB)

Retail sale: class 1 - 3 pesticides B1

Prescribed examination

EXAMTCV-01 Sale of pesticides – Wholesale (classes 1–5) and retail (classes 1–3)

Recognized examinations (French, PDF, 54 KB)

Retail sale: class 4 pesticides B2

Prescribed examinations

EXAMVDET1-01 Sale of pesticides – Retail sales (class 4), Part I
and
EXAMVDET2-01 Sale of pesticides – Retail sales (class 4), Part II

or

EXAMTCV-01 Sales of pesticides – Wholesale (classes 1-5) and retail (classes 1-3)
and
EXAMVDET2-01
Sale of pesticides – Wholesale (class 4), Part II

Recognized examinations (French, PDF, 54 KB)

CERTIFICATE FOR THE APPLICATION OF CLASSES 1–4 PESTICIDES – CD
Aerial application CD1

Prescribed examinations

EXAMTCU-01 Common core for pesticide users
and
EXAMSPA-01 Use of pesticides – Aerial application

Aquatic application CD2

Prescribed examination

PES-143 (PES-243) equivalent numbers: 499012 (999012) Rational and safe use of pesticides – Forest and aquatic environments

Application on raw land CD3

Prescribed examination

EXAMTCU-01 Common core for pesticide users
and
EXAMSTI-01 Use of pesticides on raw land.

A learning and good practices guide entitled “Utilisation des pesticides en terrain inculte (French, PDF, 1,9 MB) is available online.

or

PES-143 (PES-243) equivalent numbers: 499012 (999012) Rational and safe use of pesticides – Forest and aquatic environments.
N. B. this examination will not be valid for this subcategory from December 31 2014. Certificate holders who want to obtain or renew this subcategory must pass exams EXAMTCU-01 and EXAMSTI-01 after this date.

Application in ornamental horticulture CD4

Prescribed examinations

EXAMTCU-01 Common core for pesticide users
and
EXAMSHO-01 Use of pesticides in ornamental horticulture

Recognized examinations (French, PDF, 54 KB)

Application for extermination CD5

Prescribed examinations

EXAMTCU-01 Common core for pesticide users
and
EXAMSEXT-01 Use of pesticides – Application for extermination

Application by fumigation CD6

Prescribed examinations

EXAMTCU-01 Common core for pesticide users
and
EXAMSFU-01 Use of pesticides – Application by fumigation

Application in forest areas CD7

Prescribed examination

PES-143 (PES-243) equivalent numbers: 499012 (999012) Rational and safe use of pesticides – Forest and aquatic environments

Application on cultivated land CD8 Prescribed examination

EXAMTCU-01 Common core for pesticide users
and
EXAMSTC-01 Use of pesticides on cultivated land

or

EXAMTCA-01 Use of pesticides in agriculture
N. B. this examination will not be valid for this subcategory from December 31 2014.. Certificate holders who want to obtain or renew this subcategory must pass exams EXAMTCU-01 and EXAMSTC-01 after this date1.

Recognized examinations (French, PDF, 54 KB)

Application for control of stinging insects CD9

Prescribed examinations

EXAMTCU-01 Common core for pesticide users
and
EXAMSIP-01 Use of pesticides – Application for control of stinging insects

Application in buildings for horticultural purposes CD10

Prescribed examinations

EXAMTCU-01 Common core for pesticide users
and
EXAMSSE-01 Use of pesticides – Application in buildings for horticultural purposes 

Recognized examinations (French, PDF, 54 KB)

Other applications CD11 To be determined by the nature of the activity
FARMER’S CERTIFICATE FOR APPLICATION OF PESTICIDES – E
Farm producer (holder of a farm producer card) : class 1 and 2 pesticides E1 Prescribed examination

EXAMTCA-01 Use of pesticides in agriculture

or

EXAMTCU-01 Common core for pesticide users
and
EXAMSTC-01 Use of pesticides on cultivated land

Recognized examinations (French, PDF, 54 KB)

Farm producer (holder of a farm producer card) : class 3 pesticides E1.1
Farmer (does not hold a farm producer card) : class 1 - 3 pesticides E2
Application in buildings for horticultural purposes class 1–3 pesticides E3

Prescribed examinations

EXAMTCA-01 Use of pesticides in agriculture
and
EXAMSSE-01 Use of pesticides – Application in buildings for horticultural purposes

or

EXAMTCU-01 Common core for pesticide users
and
EXAMSSE-01 Use of pesticides – Application in buildings for horticultural purposes

Recognized examinations (French, PDF, 54 KB)

Fumigation by certain gases (methyl bromide, carbon dioxide, ethylene oxide, and phosphine) E5

Prescribed examinations

EXAMTCA-01 Use of pesticides in agriculture
and
EXAMSFU-01 Use of pesticides – Application by fumigation

or

EXAMTCU-01 Common core for pesticide users
and
EXAMSFU-01 Use of pesticides – Application by fumigation

FOREST MANAGER’S CERTIFICATE FOR THE APPLICATION OF PESTICIDES – F
Forest producer or holder of a forest management permit under the Forest Act (< 10 employees): class 1 and 2 pesticides F1

Prescribed examination

PES-143 (PES-243) equivalent numbers: 499012 (999012) Rational and safe use of pesticides – Forest and aquatic environments

Forest producer or holder of a forest management permit under the Forest Act (< 10 employees) : class 3 pesticides F1.1
Simple forest manager: class 1–3 pesticides F2

(1) Some recognized examinations offered as part of professional and vocational study programs or through universities will remain valid.

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Certificate Application

Certificate applications must be filed with your regional office by

  • Completing a certificate application form
  • Providing one or more attestations of examination success for prescribed or recognized examinations
  • Paying the required fees for the five-year certification

A certificate attests that the holder has acquired the knowledge required for rational and safe pesticide use. Certain prescribed or recognized examinations have been updated taking into consideration the required knowledge outlined in the Standard for Pesticide Education, Training, and Certification in Canada. The table below enumerates the certificate subclasses for which the knowledge requirements are now updated for renewing the certificate.

Certificate sub-category Period during which the new examinations must be passed for renewing the certificate
CD3 – Application of pesticides on raw land December 31, 2014 to December 31, 2019
Consult the notice (French, PDF, 93 KB)
CD8- Application of pesticide cultivated land December 31, 2014 to December 31, 2019
Consult the notice (French, PDF, 93 KB) and Frequently asked questions (French, PDF, 90 KB)

For more information on the certification process, please contact your regional Ministère office at 418-521-3830 or toll-free at 1-800-561-1616.


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