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Parrot's Feather

A popular aquatic garden plant that spreads with water currents, animals, boats/trailers and fishing gear. Dense stands can stagnate water, and increase breeding grounds for mosquitoes

Zebra/Quagga Mussels

These tiny freshwater mussels clog drains, damage infrastructure, and are very costly to control/eradicate learn more »

Giant Hogweed

A towering toxic invasive plant with WorkSafe BC regulations learn more »

Invasive Species Research Conference

Turning Science into Action! Co-hosted by Thompson Rivers University and the Invasive Species Council of BC. learn more »

European Fire Ant

A tiny ant with a toxic sting learn more »

Purple Loosestrife

An aggressive wetland invader that threatens plant and animal diversity learn more »

Orange Hawkweed

Also yellow, these invasive plants replace native vegetation along roadsides, and threaten areas not yet reforested learn more »

Japanese Knotweed

Grows aggressively through concrete, impacting roads and house foundations learn more »

Spotted Knapweed

A single plant spreads rapidly with up to 140,000 seeds per square metre learn more »

Scotch Broom

An evergreen shrub that invades rangelands, replaces forage plants, causes allergies in people, and is a serious competitor to conifer seedlings learn more »

Pesticide Applicator Course

There is a current shortage of certified pesticide applicators across the province. The Invasive Species Council of BC offers the required training to obtain Industrial Vegetation and Noxious Weed Applicator Certification. This training course has been created to ensure participants receive the necessary information to successfully obtain their pesticide applicators certificate as well as help them become more employable in the field of invasive plant management. Participants that attend this course will learn to properly and safely manage weeds on industrial land, roads, power lines, railways and pipeline right-of-ways including control of weeds designated as noxious on private or public land.

Course Outline

An experienced instructor will guide you through the three (or four) day session:

Day 1 (optional): Participants will be introduced to the world of invasive plants where they will learn the following:  what invasive plants are, how they are spread, impacts, identification tips, priority species and integrated pest management techniques.

Days 2 & 3: Participants will be led through the Ministry of Environment’s CORE applicator material and spend time reviewing basic math and going through related math exercises. On day 2, the instructor will lead a short outdoor session on calibrating spray equipment.

Day 4: Participants will have an open study session in the morning with the trainer and write the exam (optional) in the afternoon.

If you are interested in attending a pesticide applicators certification training session, please consider registering for one of the sessions below OR if you are interested in hosting a private session for your group, please contact Coleen Hougen at for more information. 

Current Pesticide Applicator Certification Training Courses

There are no open courses being offered at this time- please check back!