Individuals wanting to train Authorized Assistants and provide "core lesson" pesticide applicator tutorial training must become Pesticide Applicator Trainers. This section includes the qualifying requirements to become a pesticide trainer.

The pesticide applicator training program is in place to:

  • ensure consistent delivery of “core” pesticide assistant and applicator training
  • provide trainers with background information to enhance their delivery of the training
  • foster an ongoing relationship between trainers and Alberta Environment and Parks to improve the training course and to provide trainers with new information
  • provide additional information to trainers, such as
    • examination statistics
    • examination blueprints
    • exam and text-review schedules
    • areas in which candidates are not mastering knowledge

How to become a trainer

To become a pesticide applicator trainer, you must:

  • be a certified applicator
  • have 5 years of pesticide application experience
  • complete a “Train the Trainer” in-class course

For more information, go to Using pesticides - Applicator tutorials.

When are courses offered?

One “Train the Trainer” course is usually offered every winter. After successful completion of the course, Lakeland College will issue a Pesticide Applicator Trainer Certificate. This certificate is good for 5 years.

To renew a trainer certificate, a recertification session must be attended. These are also usually offered every winter.

To register for either of the above courses, contact Lakeland College.


Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

To connect on questions regarding certification:

Devon Smiegielski, Pesticide Certification Specialist
Phone: 780-538-6460
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: devon.smiegielski@gov.ab.ca

To connect on questions regarding Pesticide Special Use Approvals and Pesticide Service Registrations:

Tanya Rushcall, Pesticide Approvals and Registration Specialist
Phone: 780-644-4647
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: tanya.rushcall@gov.ab.ca

To connect with Lakeland College:

Phone: 1-866-853-8646