Course Description

This four-day course is excellent preparation if you are writing the Pesticide Applicator's Examination. You will learn the basic principles and practices of safe use, handling and storage of pesticides.

Information is presented about the ground application of pesticides but does not include aerial spraying.

Teaching methods include classroom lectures and problem solving exercises and you will write the Pesticide Applicator's Examination on the last day of the course.

What you will learn 

  • Types of pests and the pesticides that control them
  • Pesticide legislation (federal and provincial)
  • Selecting a pesticide
  • The spray operation - checklist
  • How much pesticide should you buy?
  • Calculations
  • Pesticide labels
  • Calibrating a sprayer
  • Calculations
  • Spray equipment
  • Protective clothing and safety
  • Clean up, maintenance and disposal
  • Emergency response


The course fee includes all training manuals and handouts.  If you wish to review the manual ahead of time, a PDF copy can be found at:


The cost of writing the exam is set by Nova Scotia Department of Environment. A cheque or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance for the exam fee will be collected the morning of the exam.   All information on the fees and Pesticide Certification Application process can be found at the below link:


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