Pesticide Applicator Certification
What is an Authorized Assistant?
Authorized Assistants are able to perform pesticide applications under the supervision of a certified applicator without requiring daily on-site supervision by a certified applicator. In addition, Authorized Assistants are able to apply pesticides listed in section 5(11) of the Environmental Code of Practice for Pesticides
without direct supervision by a certified applicator. For example, an Authorized Assistant can apply Tordon 101® along a roadway without a certified applicator being present at all times.
Individuals wanting to become an Authorized Assistant must write a core examination and complete the Authorized Assistant training checklist with their supervising certified applicator.
The core examination can be taken through one of the following two processes:
- Complete the Pesticide Applicator core examination administered through Lakeland College. Upon successful completion of this exam, Lakeland College will issue an Authorized Assistant certificate, or
- Complete a simplified Trainer administered exam after completion of an in-class training course with the trainer. Upon successful completion of this exam, the trainer will issue an Authorized Assistant certificate.
The Authorized Assistant certificate is good for approximately 5 years before it expires. After expiry, a new certificate can only be obtained by writing a new examination from Lakeland College or a certified trainer.