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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 »

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.

Note: This is an extensive training course (lots of information to learn!) that includes a heavy math component; knowledge of basic math (example- cross multiplication) is an asset but not a requirement. 

Current Pesticide Applicator Certification Training Courses

Please click on the links below to register for current Pesticide Applicator Training Courses:

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Course Outline

Day 1: Participants will receive basic training on Invasive Species in BC and Integrated Pest Management, including review of invasive plant definitions, legislation, identification, pathways and vectors of spread and management techniques.

Day 2 and 3: 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 4: 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


Course fees cover the trainer’s time and travel, study manuals and applicable taxes. Thanks to our partnership with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, we are happy offer a reduced rate for Indigenous folks and unemployed or underemployed resource workers (work less than 20 hours/ week).

  • Aboriginal Descent/Relations and unemployed or underemployed resource workers - Course and exam - $190
  • Aboriginal Descent/Relations and unemployed or underemployed resource workers - Course only, no exam - $95
  • ISCBC Member - Course and exam - $552
  • ISCBC Member - Course only, no exam - $462
  • Standard registration - Course and exam - $636
  • Standard registration - Course only, no exam - $546

Please read the cancellation and refund policy before completing registration.