‘Like most things in 2020, the Farmer Pesticide Certificate Program has undergone some changes,’ says Devon Smiegielski, pesticide certification specialist with Alberta Environment and Parks. ‘The training material and information regarding the program is now housed on the Alberta Environment and Parks website.’

New and recertifying applicators will continue to work through their agricultural fieldman to obtain farmer certification.

‘Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, certified trainers are permitted to offer the training course online, provided participation is tracked through either the use of video or polls and quizzes.’

The duration of the training will remain the same length of 8 hours regardless if the training occurs online or in person. Smiegielski adds all exams will be administered in person following the Alberta Heath Services guidelines and restrictions at the time.

Trainers who require more information, attendance sheets or temporary certificates should contact pesticide certification specialist Devon Smiegielski.

Contact

For more information about this training, connect with your local agricultural fieldman.

Trainers looking for more information can contact Devon Smiegielski, pesticide certification specialist with Alberta Environment and Parks:

Hours: 8 am to 5 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Email: [email protected]

For media inquiries about this article, call Alberta Agriculture and Forestry's media line:
Phone: 780-422-1005