Course Description

This four-day course is excellent preparation if you are writing the Nova Scotia Environment pesticide certification 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 certification 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:


Course Instructor:
Peter Burgess is Perennia’s wild blueberry specialist. He works closely with the wild blueberry industry in Nova Scotia to assist producers with production, pest identification, pest controls and whole system management issues. Peter has extensive knowledge of pesticide usage and regulation, weed science, and production systems of many other horticultural and field crops. He works with and supports other specialists to provide the best possible pest management advice. He promotes the use of integrated pest management approaches in all cropping systems and works to identify and find long-term solutions to pest problems with individual producers and for larger industry issues.


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Section Title
Pesticide Applicators Certification
T, W, Th, F
8:30AM to 4:30PM
Apr 14, 2020 to Apr 17, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $415.00
Section Notes

It is recommended that you review the manuals online, before coming to class.

Registration Deadline is April 1st, 2020!

Tuition is refunded if a course is cancelled by Extended Learning. Tuition is also refunded if the applicant notifies Extended.Learning@dal.ca, in writing, prior to the registration deadline for the course or program. Tuition will not be refunded after the registration deadline.

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