Pesticide applicator recertification involves either taking an examination or completing a continuing education program. Both can be arranged by contacting Lakeland College.

Recertification choices

Applicators must begin the recertification process before the expiry of their current certificate. They can:

  • rewrite the pesticide applicator certification examination, or
  • complete the requirements of a continuing education program, and complete a pesticide applicator recertification application form (available through Lakeland College)

Continuing education

To recertify, an applicator must obtain 15 continuing education credits within their 5-year certification period. Some exceptions apply.

One credit normally equals 1 hour of attending/participating in an information session, demonstration or course. The courses and credits must be approved by Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP).

Education topics

The courses cover 10 areas:

  • Application Technology
  • Emergency Response
  • Environment
  • General Information
  • Human Health
  • Labelling
  • Pesticide Safety
  • Pest Management
  • Professionalism
  • Regulations

Course requirements

A maximum of 10 continuing education credits can be obtained in any 1 year. Within the 15 required credits, the following minimums must be obtained:

  • one credit in environment (environment issues, pesticide fate, runoff, movement, teaching)
  • two credits in application technology (calibration clinics, drift modelling, new equipment demos)
  • two credits in health and pesticide safety (safe application, storage, pesticide disposal practices to ensure human and animal health)
  • two credits in pest management (pest description, pesticide characteristics, integrated pest management)
  • two credits in regulations (new regulations, regulatory concerns)

Course credit applications

Individuals organizing sessions/courses for pesticide applicators are encouraged to apply for Continuing Education Credits. Complete the Request for Credit Application Form found at:

Credit applications must be submitted at least 3 weeks before the course begins and must be approved prior to the course being held.

Certification classes

Further information on the courses/sessions recognized for credit can be found below.


Connect with Lakeland College for information about recertification programs and exams:

Phone: 1-866-853-8646
Email: pesticides@lakelandcollege.ca