PESTICIDES

COVID-19 | Pesticides – Online Exams

The certification exams are available online.

Our customer service will contact all pending candidates who have already registered for an exam to inform them of the procedure to follow.

Applicants wishing to register for the available exams must send their completed registration form at info@sofad.qc.ca

Please visit this page regularly, as updates will be made.

Date of availability of the first online exams: April 22, 2020

List of the exams available with their date of availability:

English

  • EXAMSPA-01A Control of Stinging Insects (April 22, 2020)
  • EXAMSPA-01A Aerial Application (April 23, 2020)
  • EXAMTCU-01A Common Core for Pesticide Users
  • EXAMSFO-01A Use of Pesticides in Forest Areas
  • EXAMSSE-01A Use of Pesticides – Application in Buildings for Horticultural Purposes
  • EXAMSHO-01A Use of Pesticides – Application in Ornamental Horticulture
  • EXAMSTI-01A Use of Pesticides – Application on Raw Land
  • EXAMSFU-01A Use of Pesticides – Application by Fumigation
  • EXAMSGP-01A Use of Pesticides – Application in Pest Management
  • EXAMSTC-01A Use of Pesticides – Cultivated Lands
  • EXAMTCA-01A Use of Pesticides in Agriculture
  • EXAMVDET1-01A Sale of Pesticides – Retail Sales (Class 4), Part I
  • EXAMVDET2-01A Sale of Pesticides – Retail Sales (Class 4), Part II
  • EXAMTCVG-01A Sale of Pesticides – Wholesale (classes 1 to 5)
  • EXAMTCV-01A Sale of Pesticides – Wholesale (classes 1 to 5) and Retail Sales (classes 1 to 3) of Pesticides

French

  • EXAMTCU-01F Utilisation des pesticides – Tronc commun (April 22, 2020)
  • EXAMTCA-01F Utilisation des pesticides en milieu agricole (April 22, 2020)
  • EXAMSTC-01F Utilisation des pesticides – Application sur terres cultivées (April 23, 2020)
  • EXAMSGP-01F Utilisation des pesticides – Application en gestion parasitaire (April 23, 2020)
  • EXAMSHO-01F Utilisation des pesticides – Application en horticulture ornementale (CD4) (April 23, 2020)
  • EXAMSPA-01F Utilisation des pesticides – Application par aéronef (CD1) (April 23, 2020)
  • EXAMTCVG-01F Vente des pesticides – Vente en gros (classes 1 à 5) (April 23, 2020)
  • EXAMTCV-01F Vente des pesticides – Vente en gros (classes 1 à 5) et au détail (classes 1 à 3) (April 23, 2020)
  • EXAMVDET1-01F Vente des pesticides – Vente au détail (classe 4), partie I (April 22, 2020)
  • EXAMVDET2-01F Vente des pesticides – Vente au détail (classe 4), partie II (April 22, 2020)
  • EXAMSSE-01F Utilisation des pesticides – Application en bâtiment à des fins horticoles (CD10) (May 5, 2020)
  • EXAMSFU-01F Utilisation des pesticides – Application par fumigation (CD6) (May 5, 2020)
  • EXAMSFO-01F Utilisation des pesticides – Application dans les aires forestières (CD7) (May 5, 2020)
  • EXAMSIP-01F Utilisation des pesticides – Application pour le contrôle des insectes piqueurs (CD9) (April 22, 2020)
  • EXAMSTI-01F Utilisation des pesticides – Application en terrain inculte (CD3) (May 5, 2020)
  • EXAMSMA-01F Utilisation des pesticides – Application en milieu aquatique (CD2) (May 5, 2020)
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 de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (ministry of the Environment and Fight against Climate Change, MELCC). 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 MELCC.

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

De nouvelles exigences visent les titulaires d’un permis de sous‑catégorie C4 ou D4, « Application en horticulture ornementale », ou C5 ou D5, « Application pour extermination ».

NOTE:

To determine which certificate matches your activity sector, click here to view the table of certificates issued by the MELCC and the corresponding exams available from SOFAD. You can also contact the MELCC 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 MELCC 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 MELCC. 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
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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.environnement.gouv.qc.ca/pesticides/permis/code-gestion/aires-forest/guide-utilisation-terrain-inculte.pdf.

Please note that this guide was developed by the MELCC.

SOFAD does not offer distance education for this course.

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