IMPORTANT

In-person courses are available but are limited for the period of Ontario's Stay-At-Home order due to the availability of venues and instructors. Check the list of available exam dates under the Register tab.  We will add more dates and locations as soon as we can.

Online courses are available for Technicians, Structural Exterminators & Landscape Exterminators. Contact us at rcoptc@uoguelph.ca for details.

If you had a previously scheduled in-person course before June 2, please contact us before attending to make sure that the course has not been cancelled.

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Exterminator Training

If you apply pesticides commercially and you are not a technician or trainee, you need a Pesticide Exterminator licence from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) which authorizes you to apply pesticides according to your licence.  All new exterminators are required to successfully complete a certification exam prior to obtaining the exterminator licence from the MECP.

 

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Technician Training

Unlicensed assistants, working without onsite direct supervision will have to successfully complete a training program which includes taking a MECP approved pesticide safety course and practical training from a licensed exterminator to become a technician.  Technicians can apply pesticides with specific restrictions of duties under the supervision of a licensed exterminator, who must visit at least once a week to observe the application.  Unlicensed assistants who have not completed the training to become technicians must be directly supervised by a licensed exterminator at all times and are known as trainees.