Who Needs to Be Certified?
Under O. Reg. 63/09, a corn or soybean grower or certified planter must demonstrate the need to use Class E (Class 12) pesticides for a farm property before they can purchase and use them.
Before buying and using, you must:
- Successfully complete the IPM Course for Corn and Soybeans to become certified, and
- Complete or have completed a Pest Risk Assessment Report (or a previously completed Pest Assessment Report) for a farm, and
- Be 16 years of age or older, and
- Present a completed IPM Written Declaration declaring IPM principles have been considered, and your IPM Certification card.
How Do I Become Certified?
To become certified, individuals must:
- Be at least 16 years of age, and
- Make payment, and
- Participate in the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Course for Corn and Soybeans, and pass the open-book assessment with 75% or more. A certification will be granted upon successful completion. This certification does not expire.
Note: All certifications received before April 1, 2020 no longer expire. You are responsible for becoming familiar with the changes to the regulations. See the Resources tab for update information.
What if a Grower is NOT Certified?
If an individual is not certified and still wants to have Class E (Class 12) pesticides planted on their farm property, they must do one of the following:
- Register for a course and pass the test, or
- Ask someone who owns or operates the agricultural operation on a regular basis to become certified, or
- Hire someone who is certified to conduct the inspections, complete the Pest Risk Assessment Report, and plant the Class E (Class 12) pesticides.