PESTICIDES

SOFAD’s mandate concerning pesticides

The Pesticides Act(chapter P-9.3) stipulates that pesticide vendors and applicators must establish their competence in their activity sector and be certified by the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (ministry of sustainable development, environment, and action against climate change, MDDELCC). The certification exams administered by SOFAD are prescribed by the Act and are administered under supervision across Quebec in SOFAD authorized institutions. The certification exams administered by SOFAD are prescribed by the Act and are administered under supervision across Quebec in SOFAD authorized institutions. A certificate from the Ministère is obtained after the applicant has passed the examination prescribed by or recognized by the MDDELCC.

Training is not mandatory but allows for the acquisition of knowledge needed to pass the certification examination. For more information, visit the MDDELCC’s website at http://www.mddelcc.gouv.qc.ca/pesticides/inter_en.htm.

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To determine which certificate matches your activity sector, click here to view the table of certificates issued by the MDDELCC and the corresponding exams available from SOFAD. You can also contact the MDDELCC at 1 800 561-1616.

Pretests to prepare for the certification examination

The online pretests allow candidates to determine whether or not they are ready to take a certification examination. The pre-tests consist of 25 questions and take at most one hour to complete. They are automatically corrected and candidates can see their result for each question.

The pretests serve as an indicator of a candidate’s readiness to take a certification examination. They do not guarantee that the candidate will pass the final examination.

Online pretests are available for the following certificates:

Common Core for Pesticide Users
B2: Retail Sales (Class 4), parts I and II
CD4: Application in Ornamental Horticulture
CD5: Application in Pest Management
CD8: Application on Cultivated Land
You can register for the pretests at https://pestpt.sofad.qc.ca/

Registering for distance courses
Registering for the certification examination

The pass mark for this examination is 75%.

To register for an examination, click on one of the links below to download the appropriate document.

Materials permitted during the exam: a calculator (provided by the candidate) and a dictionary (provided by the centre). No other documentation is permitted.

Attestation examination

Upon passing this examination, applicants will receive an attestation of successful completion only (not an MDDELCC certificate). This attestation allows the recipient to apply pesticides to lawns under certain conditions, without being a certificate holder.

These conditions are set out in a memorandum of instructions issued by the MDDELCC. Click here to view the memorandum.

The pass mark for this examination is 65%.

To register for an examination, click on one of the links below to download the appropriate document.

Materials permitted during the examination: a calculator (provided by the candidate) and a dictionary (provided by the centre). No other documentation is permitted.

Downloadable forms
Policies
Examination rooms
Pre-evaluation: Use of Pesticides – Application on Raw Land

Presented in the same form as the certification examination, pre-evaluation will allow you to determine whether you are prepared enough to take the examination.

You can download the pre-evaluation (along with the answer booklet and appendix) for the EXAMSTI-01 examination free of charge by clicking on the following link: Use of Pesticides – Application on Raw Land.

You can also download the guide Utilisation des pesticides en terrain inculte (in French only) free of charge at www.mddelcc.gouv.qc.ca/pesticides/permis/code-gestion/aires-forest/guide-utilisation-terrain-inculte.pdf.

Please note that this guide was developed by the MDDELCC.

SOFAD does not offer distance education for this course.