Pesticide Applicator Course 2021

April 6, 2021

Pesticide Applicator Course 2021 photo

This online course from April 6-9 will prepare you to successfully obtain your provincial pesticide applicator certification (Industrial Vegetation and Noxious Weed Category) and includes an in-person exam on the final day. Course instruction will be a combination of online self-study and online Zoom instruction.

Participants will learn:

  • Local, provincial and federal legislation that govern pesticide use in BC
  • Identification and management of priority invasive plant species in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley
  • How pesticides are registered, classified and labeled for use in Canada
  • Principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • How to minimize environmental and human health risks when selecting and applying pesticides
  • Application technology and how to calculate pesticide application rates
  • Emergency response


April 6 complete online Assistant Applicator Core Training course on your own
April 7 online instruction 9AM-4PM
April 8 online instruction 9AM-12PM
April 9 in-person exam 8:30-11:30AM at a Burnaby location

Exam: An in-person exam is offered on the morning of April 9. Examinees must adhere to public health and venue COVID-19 protocols during the exam (physical distancing, masks, etc.). Host reserves the right to make other arrangements for the exam if on April 9 an in-person exam is not permitted under public health orders. Government issued photo ID is required (such as driver’s license, BC ID card, or passport). Exam results will be mailed to candidates within about 2 weeks. A 1-year certificate is awarded for 60-74% on the exam and a 5-year certificate is awarded for 75% and above. Certificate is only valid in BC; please check other jurisdictions for equivalent credential.

Course flyer with additional details available here.

Registration for this course is closed.


The following supplemental documents are provided by the course instructor for students registered:

Understanding the IPM Regulation - "Drains Directly" Explanatory Note

Milestone herbicide label

Label interpretation - Milestone Label 2021 (Word document)

Transmittal letter 2021 industrial vegetation and noxious weed

Calculations - conversions and proportions (Word document)

Boom sprayer calculation problem (Word document)

Boom sprayer calculation KEY

Calculations for motorized sprayers (Word document)

More sample questions

Answers more sample questions

Conversion Chart (Word document)

Conversion steps VIDEO

Don't overlook backpack sprayers for small scale farms VIDEO

Weeds and weed control terminology (Word document)

B.C. Invasive Plant Candidates for Eradication (EDRR Candidates) February 2020