Government of Nova Scotia Government of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Canada


Pests and Pesticides

Pesticide Applicator Certification

Pesticide applicator certification in Nova Scotia is based on the National Standard for Pesticide Education Training and Certification in Canada.

  1. Individuals wishing to obtain their initial pesticide certification in Nova Scotia must pass the NSE pesticide certification exam. The required passing grade is 75%. Candidates must also obtain a passing grade (70%) on the label and calculation section of the exam.
  2. Two options for completing the exam are currently available. These are; participating in a pesticide safety course and subsequently writing the exam or obtaining the appropriate pesticide safety educational material and subsequently writing the exam. Note: participation in a training course is not mandatory, however, NSE strongly recommends that all individuals attend a pesticide training course prior to their initial certification. Applicators choosing the self study option must contact the nearest office of Nova Scotia Environment to schedule an appointment to write the exam.
  3. Complete and submit an Application for Pesticide Applicator Certificate of Qualification along with documented proof of the exam mark to your nearest regional office of Nova Scotia Environment.
  4. If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the certificate will be sent to the applicant by mail. Note: there is a maximum waiting period of 60 days, provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received.

Pesticide Applicator certification is valid for 5 years. It can be renewed by writing an approved examination or by collecting Pesticide Re-certification Point Credits.