WCTA Pesticide Applicator Certificate Recertification Program FAQ'S
Many WCTA members don't fully understand the BC Pesticide Certificate Recertification program so we've created this list of frequently asked questions to assist. Of course, you can always contact us directly if you have any questions not covered here.
CEC Program Questions & Answers rev Oct 2, 2012
Q. How do I get on the recertification program?
A. In order to be part of the Pesticide Applicator Certificate (PAC) recertification program, you need to be a member of the Western Canada Turfgrass Association; or, if you are already a member of the BCLNA, you can register as a BCLNA member. Once you meet that criteria, all that is needed to become part of the recertification program is to fax a copy of your 5-year Pesticide Applicator Certificate to us at 1 866-366-5097. (Note that one year certificates do not qualify.)
Becoming a WCTA member: Annual membership dues are $225.00 (+ tax). A WCTA Membership Application form is available on our website at: http://www.wcta-online.com/component/k2/item/183?Itemid=176
Please fax or mail the membership application form to us with payment, and a copy of your current pesticide applicators certificate. For further information on membership benefits with the Western Canada Turfgrass Association, please feel free to browse our website at: www.wcta-online.com
Q. I’m not sure if I’m on the program or not. How can I find out?
A. Contact Leslie Carnell at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re not sure.
Q. What’s the cost to be on the program?
A. The recertification program is a complimentary service to all WCTA members. You will be invoiced a $30 renewal fee upon recertification which is the fee we pay on your behalf to the Ministry of Environment.
For BCLNA members: Please contact the BCLNA for a recertification program application form. There is an administrative fee of $30/year to be on the program. In order to register, please fax the registration form and your Pesticide Applicator Certificate to us at 1 866-366-5097. When we receive your certificate, you will be invoiced for the complete term from present to the expiry date of your Pesticide Applicator Certificate plus the $30 Ministry fee at time of renewal.
Q. How many continuing education credits (CEC’s) do I need to re-certify?
Q. How long do I have to get my 20 CEC’s?
A. Pesticide certificates are issued for 5 years so if you get on the program at the start of your certificate, you have 5 years to collect points. If you get on the program with only 4 years remaining on your certificate, then you only have 4 years to collect points and so on.
Q. What if I don’t get enough points to recertify before my certificate expires?
A. Without the proper number of points in the right categories, the Ministry of Environment will not recertify you and you will need to re-take the exam. There is no grace period for picking up credits after your certificate has expired and if you continue applying pesticides that require a certificate, you would be doing so illegally.
Q. Can I get all my credits at once?
A. No. 10 credits maximum can be collected per calendar year. The program is designed for ongoing education and collecting all points in a short period of time would defeat the purpose.
Q. Wait a minute – if only 10 credits are allowed per year and I have less than 2 years remaining on my certificate then there’s no possible way to get recertified???
A.. You are correct. If you are just coming into the program and have 1 year left on your certificate, the recertification program won’t work for you because it’s impossible to get 20 credits in 1 year. If you have 2 years remaining on your certificate, it is possible to recertify but you will have to work really hard!
Q. Don’t I need a certain amount of CEC points in different categories?
A. Yes. There are 3 categories. If you started on the program before June 2009, you need a minimum of 10 points in IPM, 2 points in Application Technology and 2 points in Safety and Environment.
Q. What happens if I started on the program after June 2009?
A. You will need a minimum of 3 points in each of the 3 categories with a total of 20 credits.
Q. How do I get continuing education credits? NOTE - THIS SECTION IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
A. CEC’s are earned when you complete ongoing education seminars relating to pesticide use that are pre-approved by the BC Ministry of Environment.
Opportunities could include:
• sessions at the WCTA annual conference and trade show
• attending the WCTA Travelling Annual Road Show series
• attending web seminars through independent providers like Professional Development Solutions (make sure you’re taking BC accredited courses)
• attending seminars put on by others that have been accredited like the Can-West Hort Show, CGSA Seminar Series, BCGSA meetings, Alberta Property Managers Conference, NTA Conference and so on***
***Careful about the last point. Lots of people go to what they think are accredited courses but they are not!!! Ask your course provider before signing up for the course. Points cannot be awarded retro-actively. In other words, a course can’t be certified after you take it.
ALSO EXTREMELY IMPORTANT – MAKE SURE YOU SIGN THE ATTENDANCE SHEETS AT EACH ACCREDITED SEMINAR. - IF YOU DON’T, THERE IS NO WAY TO VERIFY YOU WERE THERE AND YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE THE CREDIT(S).
Q. I’m going to a conference that doesn’t have BC credits available, why is that?
A. To accredit a seminar, conference organizers must apply to the BC Ministry of Environment for approval. As credit coordinator, these requests come through the WCTA. If the conference organizer hasn’t applied for BC credits, it’s likely they don’t feel it worthwhile to apply for BC CEC points or they may not know to apply. As an event attendee, you can help by asking conference organizers to apply for BC credits at: http://www.wctaturf.com/forms/request-cec.php
Q. I’m taking horticulture at ‘insert institution name here’ and would like to receive CEC points for pesticide related education. Why isn’t this possible?
A. The BC Ministry of Environment wants the recertification program to be based on ongoing education rather than an institutional course of study.
Q. Where can I see a list of accredited courses I can take?
A. We try to keep the WCTA website up to date with CEC point opportunities. Go to www.wcta-online.com and look under the ‘Coming events’ section. We also provide regular updates in member emails and in the Turf Line News. So you know, there tends to be more course offerings in the fall and winter than summer, which makes sense since everyone is busy tending their turf in the summer.
Q. When it’s time for my certificate to be recertified, what do I have to do?
A. You don’t have to do anything except pay the BC Ministry of Environment fee – we’ll send you the invoice. It is a good idea to know your expiration date and what courses, if any, you need to complete the points requirements. If you’re uncertain of anything, contact Leslie at email@example.com even if it’s just to make sure everything is in order. When you get your new certificate, we’ll need that faxed to us.
NOTE: The Ministry of Environment will mail your certificate directly to you. When you receive your renewed certificate, be sure to fax or scan/e-mail a copy to us to start you back on the recertification program.
Q. How can I get a copy of my CEC record?
A. Currently, we try to email everyone their record once per year, usually in the fall. Our administrative system is undergoing restructuring so if you have not received your record, contact Leslie Carnell at firstname.lastname@example.org. At minimum, we will email your record 4-6 weeks before your certificate expires.
Q. I heard first aid certificates can be used for pesticide licence points?
A. The BC Ministry of Environment has given us approval to utilize valid OFA first aid certificates toward CEC points. The details are as follows:
• A minimum (valid) level 1 Occupational First Aid certificate is required (see link for certificates that qualify). Approved OFA Certificates: http://www2.worksafebc.com/Topics/FirstAid/Certificates-BC.asp?ReportID=33595&;_Type=Certificates-Accepted-in-B.C.&_Title=OFA-Level-1-and-Equivalencies
• This certificate must be valid (not expired) at the time of your Pesticide Certificate renewal
• 1.0 point will be awarded in the Safety and Environmental Protection category
Q. Where can I find out more details about the CEC program?
A. At the end of this document you will find some further information about the program. Under the education tab on the old WCTA website at www.wctaturf.com, you will find CEC program information posted but we are slowly moving everything to the new site. The best way to get a question answered that you don’t see here is to ask us.
…for further details on the program see below If you still have questions, please feel free to contact:
Leslie Carnell email@example.com
phone: 604 780-9130
Executive Director Western Canada Turfgrass Association
Phone: (604) 869-WCTA 
Toll free fax: 1-866-366-5097
This program is administered by the WCTA for WCTA & BCLNA members only.
Recertification Requirements for BC Pesticide Applicators
Recertification is the renewal of a certificate for an additional term. A Continuing Education Program for recertification is where a candidate with a 5-year Certificate receives credits toward recertification for attending courses of instruction over a number of years. The credits are referred to as Continuing Education Credits (CEC’s).
The Pesticide Control Act Regulation Section 26(1) specifies that certificates for pesticide applicators and dispensers are valid for a maximum of five years. According to Section 25(2), a person can obtain recertification either by passing an exam set by the administrator or by attending courses of instruction acceptable to the administrator.
Options for Recertification A candidate can obtain recertification through:
• rewriting and passing the regular certification exam,
• taking a refresher or upgrading course and passing an exam acceptable to the administrator, or
• obtaining CEC’s in a Continuing Education Program acceptable to the administrator.
Candidate Qualifications to Participate in a Continuing Education Program
To participate in a Continuing Education program for recertification, a candidate must have passed an initial certification exam and obtained a five year certificate, and must have the ability to read and comprehend English pesticide labels and pest management recommendations.
Amount of Training Required for one CEC
The CEC’s are calculated generally on the basis that one CEC is received for one hour of training.
Number of CEC’s required to obtain Recertification
A minimum of 20 CEC’s are required for recertification of an applicator. The 20 CEC’s must be taken during the 5 years prior to recertification. Only a maximum of 10 CEC’s can be taken in any one year.
Training Course Content
Training for CEC’s can provide new, updated or more detailed information or a refresher on topics covered in the initial certification training. Acceptable topics include the following:
A. 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
B. Safety and Environmental Protection
• pesticide labels and label comprehension
• emergency response (first aid, spills, fires)
• protective clothing and equipment
• effects of pesticides on the environment
• safe procedures for storage, transport, mixing, application, cleanup and disposal
C. 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
Within the 20 CEC’s required for recertification, there should be some training on each of the topics listed above. There must be a minimum in each category of:
• 3 CEC’s concerned with Integrated Pest Management;
• 3 CEC’s concerned with Safety and Environmental Protection, and;
• 3 CEC’s concerned with Application Technology.
If you became part of the recertification program before June 2009 your requirements are as follows:
• 10 CEC’s concerned with Integrated Pest Management;
• 2 CEC’s concerned with Safety and Environmental Protection, and;
• 2 CEC’s concerned with Application Technology.
Courses dealing with the following types of information will not be recognized for recertification: business aspects of farm or pest management, the mechanics of crop fertilization and irrigation, production varieties (unless pest resistance is the key issue), storage or marketing of commodities.
Watch the Turf Line News and the WCTA web site: www.wcta-online.com. for more information on this WCTA initiative and for dates, locations and times for presentations to accumulate CEC’s.
If you wish to participate, please fax us a copy of your Pesticide Applicators Certificate [1-866-366-5097].