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WFTR 133 - Pesticide Applicators
Course Details
Course Code:
WFTR 133

Precluded Courses:

Calendar Description:
Students will develop skills in the safe and effective use of pesticides, in preparation for the BC Ministry of Environment Pesticide Applicators Examination. This will qualify the individual to apply and use pesticides on public land, or private land used for forestry, transportation or public utilities. The course is for applicators, supervisors, project monitors and consultants.

Date First Offered:

Total Hours: 21
Lecture Hours: 21

Total Weeks:

This course is offered online:


Non-Course Pre-Requisites:


Rearticulation Submission:

Course Content:

-Introduction to Pesticides: Their Classification and Regulation
-Human Safety Considerations
-Pests, Pesticide Use and Properties
-Application Techniques
-Protecting the Environment
-Introduction to Pesticides
-Pesticide Product Labels
-Laws and Regulations
-Pesticide Use and the Public
-Pesticide Safety
-Safety Data
-Protective Clothing and Gear
-Storage Facilities
-Pesticide Specific Storage Criteria
-Handling, Mixing and Loading
-Clean up and Disposal
-Response to Fires and Pesticide Spills
-First Aid Procedures
-Effects of Pesticides on Fish and Wildlife
-Fish and Wildlife Management
-Recreational Fisheries and Wildlife Branch Policy
-Impact of Forest Pesticides on Fish and Wildlife
-Protection of Water Bodies
-Protection of Wildlife Habitat
-Calculations for Correct Application Rates
-Active Ingredient Per Cent Concentration
-Equipment Calibration
-Hack and Squirt Calibration
-Ground Equipment Calibration
-Aircraft Calibration
-Droplet Measurement and Adjustment
-Use of Herbicides
-Vegetation Characteristics
-Vegetation Control
-Herbicides used in Forestry
-Registered Forest Herbicides
-Herbicide Formulation
-Herbicide Selection
-Herbicide Affects on Non-Target Vegetation
-Application Methods
-Foliar Spays
-Stem Treatments
-Stump Treatments
-Checklist of Herbicide Project Activities
-Use of Insecticides
-Major Insect Pests in British Columbia
-Insecticide Application Techniques
-Information in Insecticides
-Application Equipments
-Hack and Squirt
-Backpack Sprayer
-Power Hose Sprayers
-Aerial Application Equipment
-Spray Drift and Drift Reduction
-Spray Drift and Coverage
-Aerial Spray Patterns
-Ground Broadcast Spray Patterns
-Guidelines for Informing the Public
-Handling Pesticide Appeals
-Decontamination and Disposal


-Introduction to Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training Materials
-Study Guide for Industrial Vegetation/Noxious Weed Control
-Supplemental Training Materials
-Integrated Pest Management for Vegetation
-Herbicide Selection and Use Considerations
-Herbicides Used in Industrial Vegetation Control
-Vegetation Control Product Labels
-Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
-Information on Tordon and Roundup for Control of Canada Thistle and Knapweed
-Noxious Weed Biology Leaflets
-Weed Control Act and Regulation
-Pesticide Equipment Calibration and Pesticide Use Calculations
-Introduction to Pesticides: Their Classification and Regulation
-Human Safety Considerations
-Pest, Pesticide Use and Properties
-Application Techniques
-Protecting the Environment

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course students should be able to:
-Explain the legal and ethical responsibilities of a pesticide applicator in preventing an unreasonable adverse effect and minimizing environmental exposure.
-Define the term pest
-Define the term pesticide
-Explain three ways that pesticides are named
-Explain how pesticides are classified according to target pest, chemical structure, and mode of action
-Define the terms active ingredient, carrier, adjuvant, and formulation
-Given common formulations, list the major advantages and disadvantages with their use.
-Give a common adjuvant and describe what it does
-List reasons for consulting a label
-Describe the 13 components of a label and the three use classes and interpret the precautionary symbols
-Given a label of a forestry pesticide, locate and record the poisoning symptoms, first aid, directions for use and precautions
-Given a specific forestry pest problem and a specific pesticide label, indicate whether the pesticide could be used and with what label limitations
-Calculate the quantity of active ingredient in a know quantity of product

Grading System:

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 100 %

Percentage of Individual Work:

Course Offered in Other Programs:

Additional Comments:
60%-74% 1 Year Certificate; 75%-100% 5 Year Certificate

Text Books:

Required - British Columbia Ministry of Environment Lands and Parks, Forestry Supplement - Forestry Management General Pesticide Applicator Certification
Required - British Columbia Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection, Handbook for Pesticide Applicators and Dispensers
Required - British Columbia Ministry of Environment Lands and Parks, Industrial Vegetation and Noxious Weed Control Pesticide Applicator Certification Guide
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