What are the steps to become a technician?
You are required to successfully complete two parts of pesticide safety training:
- an academic course (home study and closed book examination)
- practical training
Academic Course Requirement:
- Apply to Ontario Pesticide Training & Certification, University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus. You must send your payment of $85.00, payable to the University of Guelph, with the application.
- Study all of the "Core Manual" which we will send you, and prepare to write the qualifying examination. Once you apply, you have 12 months to write the examination. During this time you are considered a trainee.
- Return your Exam Request Form to Ontario Pesticide Training & Certification to schedule an examination time. Pick your examination dates from the schedule we send you.
- Write the examination. You must write and successfully complete the Core Manual Examination with a mark of 75% or greater. You will then receive a Technician Identification Card signed by an official of Ridgetown Campus.
Please note: This Core Manual is the same manual candidates use for exterminator licence certification. Once you successfully complete the Core Manual examination, you are half way to earning your exterminator certification. At anytime during the next 12 months, you can work towards obtaining your exterminator certification through Ontario Pesticide Training & Certification. Call 1-888-620-9999 for more information.
Practical Training Requirement:
- Have a licensed exterminator evaluate your Practical Training. This is outlined on the Practical Pesticide Safety Training Document, Part I, which will be sent to you with your Technician Identification Card.
- When you successfully complete the practical training, the licensed exterminator will sign, date and list his/her licence number on your Technician Identification Card.
- Fax or mail a copy of your signed Technician Identification Card to the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus within 5 working days to officially register as a Technician.
Do not send the original card - you must keep it with you when you are working.
You must renew your technician status every two years by once again successfully completing the academic and practical training requirements.