Integrated Pest Management


Companies or persons holding an Industrial Vegetation Exterminators licence may apply Class 9 pesticides on public works, as defined in the legislation, only under the direction of a person certified in Integrated Pest management (IPM).

IPM certification requirements are outlined in Ontario Regulation 63/09 made under the Pesticides Act.

Information on IPM certification for the public works exception has been posted on the Ontario Ministry of Environment’s website.

Certification Program

  1. The Program of Public Works IPM Certification is spelled out in the IPMCC document “Public Works Certification Program Policies and Procedures”. Please read this document and direct any questions to the IPMCC.
  2. IPMCC also posted this document as well as a number of links on their Web Site (
  3. Certification exams will be administered by Ridgetown College. Please register directly by sending an email to
  4. Study materials for public works vegetation managers are:
    • Ontario IPM Module – Industry Standards and Good Practices for Vegetation Management – Industrial Vegetation Management Association of Alberta – 5th Edition, March 2008 Chapters 1 and 3. Includes a study guide and glossary.
      • A pdf of this document available with no charge from the Ontario Vegetation Management Association Business Manager – Keith Lockhart – 1 (647) 960-4181 or by this contact form:

          • Pesticide Training and Certification- Industrial Vegetation Module –Ontario Ministry of the Environment  (June 2010 revision)
      • Ontario Industrial Vegetation Exterminators Licenses – Land
        • Scroll to page 8 for Industrial Vegetation
        • You need an MECP license before you apply for the Ontario IPM Vegetation Management designation.
    • Annual Report and Maintaining IPM Certification
      • Ontario Regulation 63/09 made under the Pesticides Act requires that an annual report is prepared covering pesticide use in the calendar year. The first report will be required before April 1, 2011 and will cover the period January 1/2010 until December 31/2010 (report template ). The details are found in section 25 of the Regulation 63/09.
      • Everything you need to maintain your IPM Certification can be found on-line at:   IPM Certified Applicators must obtain six (6) continuing education credits (CEC) per year, starting the year following successful completion of the IPM exam. And you can view and manage your credits by logging into your account at as well.
      • The OVMA Fall AGM offers IPM accredited programs to collect CEC’s.
      • As well, an updated list of all educational events that offer CECs is posted on the IPM Council of Canada website for your reference at
      • Some online qualifying courses are offered by this company
    • How Event Organizers Can Obtain Certification