Municipal Affairs and Environment

Education Training and Certification

The Department of Environment and Climate Change has been a member of the National Working Group on Pesticide Education, Training and Certification. This group has developed a national standard that applicators must meet in order to apply pesticides. To view the Basic Knowledge Requirements, visit the links below:


Any person who wishes to use a Commercial or Restricted class pesticide must be a licensed applicator. You must write an exam to receive a Pesticide Applicator Licence. A separate exam must be written for each licence category (ie. Structural and Landscape). You can obtain the appropriate manuals and study on your own or you can contact Forestry and Agrifoods Agency about a course. These courses are available for those requiring an agriculture, greenhouse or landscape license. An exam is included at the end of the training course, you must submit a Request for Exam Appointment form PDF (155 KB) at least one week prior to the start of the training course.

When you have completed studying you may contact the Department of Environment and Climate Change to set up an appointment for an exam. The fee for writing an exam ($20) must be submitted before the exam time is booked. Do not send cash. A cheque or money order payable to Newfoundland Exchequer Account - Revenue Account # 1218-500-4140-2764 should be forwarded along with the Request for Exam Appointment form PDF (155 KB) to:

Pesticides Application Specialist

Department of Environment and Climate Change
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NL
A1B 4J6

Upon receipt of the exam fee and application form, you will be contacted and a time will be arranged to write the exam.

A mark of 75% must be obtained on the provincial exam. The pesticide applicator exam tests knowledge of information common to all types of pesticide application including: general information, pesticide label, regulations, human health, safety, environment, application technology, pest management, public relations and emergency response. Testing of category specific information (such as Landscape or Structural) makes up the second part of the exam.

Continuing Education Credits (CEC) Re-Certification Program

Continuing Education Credits (CEC) Re-Certification Program PDF (99 KB)

If you wish further information regarding the pesticide applicator training, contact the Pesticide Application Specialist at (709) 729-6054 or 1-800-563-6181.

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