In BC, pesticide dispenser certification has been required since 1968 to ensure that customers purchasing pesticides have access to information about procedures for safe use and potential hazards of pesticides. The BC Pesticide Control Act requires that a certified dispenser talk to each purchaser before the sale of a pesticide (except for a few Exempted pesticides). It is a legal requirement that the certified dispenser confirm with the purchaser that the pesticide is suitable for the purpose intended. The certified dispenser can be a cashier or a person who provides assistance before the customer reaches the cashier.
This course will help you learn the information required for certification to sell pesticides. There are several categories of dispenser certification. There is a separate study kit and exam for each category.
1. Dispenser - Domestic Pesticides: This is for dispensers working in Vendor outlets where the pesticides are sold to non-professional home and garden users and hobby farmers. The pesticides sold Commercially labelled products for rodent control. A dispenser selling Commercial pesticides other than rodenticides must be certified in the Commercial category.
2. Dispenser - Commercial Pesticides: This category is prepared for Dispensers who work in Vendor outlets where pesticides are sold to farmers or other professional commercial applicators. The pesticides sold would be mostly labelled as Commercial, Agricultural, Industrial, or Restricted class products. Note: a dispenser certified to sell Commercial pesticides can also sell Domestic pesticides.
3. Dispenser for Veterinary Clinics and Pet Stores: This category is for dispensers selling only Domestic pesticides used to control pests in pet resting area (e.g.,premise sprays for flea control). Note: that domestic pesticides applied directly to pets or sold by licensed veterinarians are exempt from certification requirements.
4. Dispenser for Wood Preservatives: This category is for dispensers selling only wood preservatives. Note: no certification is required to sell exempted wood preservatives which include Domestic zinc nathernate and copper napthenate. However, sale of other wood preservatives including creosote and all Commercial wood preservatives require a certified dispenser.
If you are in doubt about the certification you require, check with the nearest Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks office.
Date First Offered:
Total Hours: 21
Lecture Hours: 21
This course is offered online:
-Introduction to Pesticides
Pesticide Product Labels
-Laws and Regulations
Federal Acts and Regulations
Provincial Acts and Regulations
Ministry of Forests Policy and Procedures
Federal Registration of Forest Pesticides
Provincial Pesticide Regulations
Pesticide use Permits
Protection of Wildlife
-Pesticide Use and the Public
Protective Clothing and Safety Gear
Handling, Mixing and Loading
Cleanup and Disposal
Response to Fires and Pesticide Spills
First Aid Procedures
-Pesticide Use Reminders
Tips and Recommendations
Appendix 1 Guidelines for Informing the Public
Appendix 2 Handling Pesticide Appeals
Appendix 3 Decontamination and Disposal
Upon the completion of this course participants will be able to do the following:
-Confirm that both the pest to be controlled and the location of product use (crop/indoor/outdoor etc.) are specified on the pesticide label
-Determine whether the pesticide requires the customer to sign the Reportable Register (Commercial pesticides only)
-Check that the customer knows how to use the pesticide properly and answer questions such as:
-identification of common pests
-recommended control methods, including Integrated Pest Management and preferred pesticides
-protective clothing to wear for pesticide application
-how to protect children, pets, and the environment
-how to mix and apply pesticide
-how much pesticide to purchase for a given problem
Final Exam: 100 %
Percentage of Individual Work:
Course Offered in Other Programs:
75% or over - Five year certification, 60%-74% - One year certification
Study kit for dispenser category of choice
Required - BC Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection, Handbook for Pesticide Applicators and Dispensers