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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 learn more »

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 »

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 Courses

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 3 day long 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.

PAC Course Outline

Day 1 and 2: Participants will review key material in the Ministry of Environments Industrial Vegetation and Noxious weed Pesticide Applicators CORE manual, including current noxious weed and herbicide legislation, impacts, safety, mixing herbicide, calibrating equipment and more. A large portion of time will be spent reviewing basic math principals and working through various calculations related to herbicide application.

Day 3: Participants will have an open study session with the trainer in the morning, followed by the opportunity to write the open book exam (optional) in the afternoon. Note: Folks that would like additional time to prepare for the exam can opt out of writing it as part of the course and can make their own arrangements to write the B.C. certification exam at a later date at a local government agent office

Math Requirement

This is an extensive training course that includes a heavy math component; knowledge of basic math (example - cross multiplication and unit conversion) is an asset but not a requirement. A grade 8 or higher math competency is recommended.

Current Pesticide Applicator Certification (PAC) Training Courses

There are currently no PAC courses scheduled. Contact Coleen to inquire about PAC courses.

Course Fees

Please note that all fees are subject to 5% GST.

  • Course Fee - ISCBC Member Rate*: $430
  • Course Fee - Non-Member Rate*: $450
  • Ministry of Environment Exam Fee: $90
  • Ministry of Environment Course Manual Fee: $90

*Click here to apply to join the Invasive Species Council of BC

Course Manuals

If you would like the Course Manuals in advance of the session to pre-study (highly recommended), you can order them for a fee of $90 (plus GST) from the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy by calling: 250-387-9502. The course manuals used in the session are as follows:

  • Canadian Pesticide Education Program Applicator Core Manual British Columbia Edition:2011
  • Supplementary Information for Industrial Vegetation and Noxious Weed Control Pesticide Applicator Certification: 2011

Course Cancellation

Courses may be cancelled if we cannot meet our minimum registration threshold. 

Please read the cancellation and refund policy before completing registration.