CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS

BC Ministry of Environment, Integrated Pest Management Unit Modified Services

Continuing Education Credit System for Recertification of Pesticide Applicators

 

The BC Ministry of Environment (MoE) Continuing Education Program for recertification allows a candidate with a 5-year Pesticide Applicator Certificate to receive credits toward recertification by attending courses of instruction over a number of years. These credits are referred to as Continuing Education Credits (CECs).

IVMA of BC manages recertification credits for the following license categories:

  • Arial

  • Forestry

  • Industrial Vegetation (which includes Noxious Weeds)

For more details on the BC Ministry Pest Management Program, see the Pesticides & Pest Management page here:

 

Pesticides & Pest Management

The following is the BC Government CEC Policy for Recertification:

Continuing Education Credit System for Recertification of Pesticide Applicators

How the Program Works

This valuable service for IVMA of BC members allows recertification for pesticide applicators WITHOUT the need for re-writing the applicator exam.

Once you hold a valid 5-year Pesticide Applicator Certificate, there are two ways to become recertified as a Pesticide Applicator:

  1. By writing an exam, or

  2. By registering in the Continuing Education Credits program and collecting credits each time you attend credit-certified conferences, training sessions, workshops and webinars which are endorsed and sanctioned under the MoE/IVMA of BC program.

To participate in the program, a candidate must have passed the initial government exam and obtained a 5-year certificate in a License Category managed by the IVMA of BC which are: Aerial, Forestry, and Industrial Vegetation (which includes Noxious Weeds). This means that you must have had an exam score of 75% or more. A 1-year certificate with an exam score of 60-74% does not qualify.

IVMA of BC Membership

To accumulate credits toward recertification through IVMA of BC, you must be a member in good standing at the time your credits are acquired. If you are not yet a member of IVMA of BC and would like to join, a Membership and Continuing Education Credit Program Application Form is available for your convenience. Alternatively, you can register as a member online on our Become a Member page. The cost is $50.00 per year.

Obtaining Recertification – Number of Credits Required

A minimum of 20 CECs are required for recertification. The CECs are calculated generally on the basis that one CEC is received for one hour of training. The 20 CECs should be taken during the 5 years prior to Pesticide Applicator Certificate expiration. Without the proper number of points in the right categories, the MoE will not recertify you and you will need to re-take the exam.

 

If a certificate has expired, there is a grace period of 12 months for you to collect the remaining required CECs without having to re-take the exam. However, once the certificate has expired, it is no longer valid and you may not apply herbicides under that certificate. The IVMA of BC recommends that applicators spread out their training evenly over the 5 year period. The program is designed for ongoing education and collecting all CECs in a short period of time would defeat this purpose. In addition, it would be very difficult to collect all 20 points in a one year period.

 

CEC course materials must be related to one of the following certificate examination matters/categories:

  • General Pesticide Characteristics

  • Act and Regulations

  • Human Health

  • Pesticide Safety

  • Pest Management

  • Application Technology

  • Emergency Response

Within the 20 CECs required for recertification, there must be a minimum of three hours training (3 CECs) in each of these following topics:

  • 3 CECs concerned with Integrated Pest Management

    • pest identification and biology

    • pest prevention

    • monitoring methods

    • action and injury levels

    • management methods, including pesticide alternatives and decision making

    • evaluation of results

  • 3 CECs concerned with Safety or Environmental Protection

    • pesticide labels and label comprehension

    • emergency response (first aid, spills, fires)

    • protective clothing and equipment

    • effects of pesticides on the environment

  • 3 CECs concerned with Application Technology

    • equipment selection

    • proper equipment set-up, use and maintenance

    • equipment calibration and pesticide use calculations

    • pesticide products and factors affecting their use and performance

    • safe procedures for storage, transport, mixing, application, cleanup and disposal

Obtaining Continuing Education Credits

CECs are earned when you complete ongoing education events such as conference/forum presentations or webinars relating to pesticide use. All CECs must be approved by the Ministry of Environment Administrator before the course is offered, so you need to check that the training session is approved before you attend. Points cannot be awarded retroactively so the session can’t be certified after you take it, nor can you retroactively claim attendance.

Please note that it is each applicator’s responsibility to ensure that credit is received for each session attended and to ensure that enough credits, in the correct categories, are obtained to qualify for recertification.

Training opportunities could include:

  • presentations at the IVMA of BC biennial conference/forum every second year

  • attending webinars sponsored by the IVMA of BC or other organizations

  • attending other conferences with pre-approved presentations such as those conducted by the Invasive Species Council (be careful to ensure that the presentation has been accredited)

  • viewing approved training videos where continued attendance of an individual has been verified

  • field demonstrations or equipment demonstrations in which continued attendance is verified

  • training sessions or workshops developed in-house

PD Solutions

You can also attend web seminars through independent providers like Professional Development Solutions (www.pdsolutions.ca). Make sure you’re taking BC accredited courses. PD Solutions is an educational company that delivers online webinars and webcasts to various organizations or people such as pesticide applicators, certified crop advisors, farmers and other professionals. You save on travel, hotel or meal costs as you do not have to travel to obtain a high level of education.

First Aid Certificates

The MoE has given approval to utilize valid Occupational First Aid (OFA) certificates toward CEC points:

  • to be eligible, a minimum (valid) Level 1 OFA certificate is required (must be WorkSafe BC approved)

  • this certificate must be valid (not expired) at the time of your Pesticide Certificate renewal

  • one point will be awarded in the Safety and Environmental Protection category

Verify Attendance

MAKE SURE YOU SIGN THE ATTENDANCE SHEETS AT EACH ACCREDITED TRAINING SESSION. OTHERWISE THERE IS NO WAY TO VERIFY YOUR ATTENDANCE AND YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE THE CREDIT(S).

Signing the attendance record at sanctioned CEC program conferences, training sessions and workshops will ensure that your CECs will be documented by the IVMA of BC Credit Coordinator. You must be a member of the IVMA of BC at the time you attend courses for your credits to be documented.

Where to Find Accredited Courses

The IVMA of BC continues to do our best to update our website (IVMA.com) with CEC point opportunities. We also provide regular updates in member emails. There tends to be more course offerings in the fall and winter since most IVMA of BC members are managing vegetation in the field during the summer.

How to Check Your Credit Status and Renew Your Pesticide Applicator Certificate

To enquire on the number of your accumulated credits, you must email the IVMA of BC Credit Coordinator (reception@ivma.com). To renew your pesticide applicator certificate, we will require a copy of your current 5-year certificate. This can be faxed to us at 604-738-4080 or scan/emailed to reception@ivma.com. Please email at least one month prior to the expiration date of your certificate to ensure that your re-certification is received in time. The coordinator will check the data and determine if you are eligible for renewal. If you are a member in good standing and once we verify that you have a valid 5-year certificate, the coordinator will issue a letter to you confirming that you have met the requirements of the regulation and are eligible for recertification. You must then submit the letter and the required payment along with a request for a new certificate to the Pesticide Exam Administrator at the Golden, BC office of Service BC by:

Fax: 250-344-7553

Email: pesticideadmin@gov.bc.ca

Mail: PO BOX 39, Golden BC V0A 1H0

If you choose mail, you can pay by cheque. If you choose to fax or email, payments can only be made by credit card by calling the pesticide line at 1-866-205-2102 or 250-344-3406 out of province.

Hosting Training Sessions

If you are hosting a training session, workshop or conference and would like the session to be accredited in the Continuing Education Program, you must contact the IVMA of BC (reception@IVMA.com) at least 30 days prior to the event and be able to provide supporting documentation (according to IVMA of BC and MoE standards) in order to ensure the eligibility of the event for the Continuing Education program. For more information on what is required, please email the IVMA of BC Credit Coordinator at reception@IVMA.com.

To order study materials for pesticide certification (writing the exam):

  • study materials will be available for online purchase from the Crown Publications shopping cart

  • once purchased, materials will be shipped to customers

  • the study materials will no longer be stocked items but will be printed to order and will take 7 to 10 business days to arrive

  • ordered study materials are not eligible for returns as per Crown Publications return policy.

The landing page of the Pesticide Certification study materials can be accessed via the “Quick Links” on the left-hand side of the webpage shopping cart.

The Ministry of Environment, Integrated Pest Management Unit has modified the services they are currently providing due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The primary focus of the  Ministry will be on certification and ensuring essential services can continue to operate. ServiceBC has restricted which exams they will schedule based on essential services which are those that focus on food production and sanitation. Industrial vegetation to support safety operations is also included as essential.

 

As of May 11, 2020, forestry exams have been added to the essential category list and will now be offered by ServiceBC.

 

ServiceBC has cancelled all group exams until further notice. As the focus of Ministry efforts has been on certification, they have extended all certificates that were expiring in April. These will be good until September 31, 2020 to avoid the need for people to go into a ServiceBC office and write an exam.

 

The IVMA will inform all our members of any further updates received from the Ministry of Environment.