Venturing into the world of pest control and extermination can be a rather interesting and complex adventure. The job of an exterminator may seem scary, even uncomfortable, just because you’re dealing with bugs and rodents of all kinds. But it is certainly a rewarding and honest job.
Few brave people dare to enter this profession, and it certainly takes a lot of skill, integrity and, most importantly, specialized training in pest control and pesticide use. This is due to all the regulations and legal provisions in place.
Becoming an exterminator in Quebec is a somewhat daunting task. But with the right preparation and motivation, you could become a recognized pest controller in your province.
But first, you must meet all the requirements set out by Quebec law, as well as obtain all the permits and certifications, which will ensure that you have all the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to be an exterminator.
Want to know what these permits and certifications are? You want to know more about Quebec’s pest control regulations? Then you are at the right place!
As AKL Exterminator, experts in extermination and pest control of all kinds, we will explain here everything you need to know to become a reputable exterminator in Quebec. Let’s get started!
Generalities and minimum requirements
Pest controllers and fumigators are those who are responsible for inspecting and eliminating any infestation, in buildings and outdoor areas. This is to eradicate any harmful and destructive insect or rodent that threatens the integrity and health of people.
According to statistics from the Government of Canada’s Work Bank, an exterminator or pest controller in Quebec can earn between 13 and 33 Canadian dollars per hour, depending on his or her level of expertise. In any case, this work is generally very demanding, due to all the knowledge and skills related to pests.
As established by the Government of Canada, the minimum requirements to apply for this job are:
- That you have completed high school.
- You must have specialized in a pest control or extermination course. Several months of training in this field is also required. This can be done through programs offered by each province, depending on the rules and laws in effect.
- A license according to the province, and in this case, Quebec, for the use and application of pesticides, according to its regulations.
You may also consider other important requirements, such as fluency in English and French, a good attitude, an impeccable record and, of course, a willingness to work in the field of pest control and extermination.
Legal requirements to become an exterminator in Quebec
In order for you to apply to become a pest exterminator in the province of Quebec, it is essential that you know the main points regarding pest control services, as stated in the 1997 Regulation on permits and certificates for the sale and use of pesticides.
This regulation, issued by the Quebec government, details all the permits and certificates, so that a person can practice and work under all these legal provisions, as an authorized and licensed exterminator.
Let’s see what are the essential sections you need to know to become an expert in pest control:
What are the regulations?
The Permits and Certificates for the Sale and Use of Pesticides Regulation has the function of regulating the classification of all chemicals, herbicides and pesticides, based on levels of risk to the environment and human health.
In addition, it requires individuals or companies to be licensed to perform different classified activities, according to the classes of pesticides (purchase, sale and application). It also provides for the obligation of holders to renew, maintain and report to the Ministry any changes regarding pesticide transactions and uses.
As well, this regulation details the titles, permits and certifications that a person may obtain, in order to ensure safe working conditions and good management of pesticides and chemicals used in pest control services.
Classification of pesticides in Quebec
According to the Quebec Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, pesticides that can be used for pest control and extermination are classified as follows
The permit and certificate system
To become an exterminator in Quebec, you must be classified under the permit and certificate system of the Regulation (1997). This is to ensure that pesticide vendors and users in the higher risk classes meet the qualification requirements.
Therefore, a permit issued by the Minister is required, based on the classes of pesticides authorized and designated for sale, purchase and application. The permits are classified into four classes (A, B, C and D), based on the activities identified and described in the Regulation (1997).
Of these classes, the one we are interested in, in order to become a paid exterminator (charge for your services), you will specifically need a C permit. This is a paid work permit, which authorizes the use of pesticides from classes 1 to 4.
The Class C Paid Work Permit has 11 subclasses (C1 to C11), and of these, those that pertain to and include pest control service are as follows:
Subclass C5 (application for extermination)
According to the Regulation (1997), this includes application methods (other than aircraft) to destroy and control animals (vertebrates as well as invertebrates) that attack plants, cause disease and are harmful to humans in enclosed spaces (buildings, vehicles, containers).
Subclass C6 (fumigation application)
According to the regulation (1997), this includes “the application of the following gases for any purpose by fumigation in an enclosed or confined space: methyl bromide, carbon dioxide, sulfuryl fluoride, ethylene oxide and phosphine”.
Subclass C9 (Application for control of biting insects)
According to the regulations (1997), it covers “the application of a Class 1 to 3 and 4 pesticide, by a method of application other than by aircraft, in an aquatic environment to destroy larvae of biting insects, or in the atmosphere to control adult biting insects.”
Duration and cost of permits
Exterminator permits are valid for a period of three years. Prices will depend on the class or sub-class registered and will be adjusted each January 1st, based on the rate of increase of the general consumer price index in Canada.
The price applies to each location, starting with a business where the service is offered. For example, an extermination business that carries out more than one activity covered by the regulation (1997), with two or more locations, will be charged a double amount, depending on the classes or sub-classes of activities it carries out.
The cost of the licence remains the same even if you apply for more than one subclass within the same class (C or D). To become an exterminator (class C), the fees you will have to pay for the issuance of a permit, as provided for in the Quebec regulations, will be
- For a class C permit: $695 CAN.
- For a temporary class C license: $308 CAN.
Obligations of Licensees
Once you are licensed, in order to be a pest exterminator, you will be required to fulfill certain obligations under your license. For example, you will need to notify the department’s regional office of any changes to the information in your file if you wish to renew or amend your license.
In Quebec, to become an exterminator, you will need to have a certificate in order to work with pesticides, depending on the permit and the activities you perform. These activities require a certificate, which will correspond to the classes and subclasses of certificates described in the Regulation (1997).
To apply for a Class C exterminator’s licence (in subclasses C5, C6 and C9), you will need the following certificates: CD5, CD6 and CD9.
- CD5 for the extermination application.
- CD6 for the fumigation application.
- CD9 for the application for biting insect control.
If you do not have these certificates, you will not be able to work as an exterminator in Quebec, as you will not have the necessary permits to use the authorized pesticides and you will not be authorized to use a pest control service (with or without the supervision of another present holder).
Duration and cost of certificates
According to the Regulation (1997), the certificate is valid for five years, regardless of the classes or subclasses applied for. The price of the certificate is adjusted as of January 1, at a cost of $196 Canadian, which will then be adjusted according to the rate of increase of the Canadian General Consumer Price Index.
The final step: the certificate examination
To obtain a certificate recognized by the ministry, and thus become an exterminator, you must first pass an exam. This test is based on the respect of the law on pesticides, where you will be evaluated on all the essential knowledge on pest control and pesticides.
You must prepare and study. Another viable option is to participate in courses and training guides, designed and prepared by the Société de formation à distance des commissions scolaires du Québec (SOFAD), in collaboration with the Ministry.
Although the training provided by the Ministry itself is not mandatory, it is preferable to register for it, as you will learn more about the use and application of pesticides. We therefore recommend that you register for these training sessions in order to update and increase your level of knowledge on pesticides and pests in Quebec.
The exams are offered both within the framework of the professional studies programs of the Ministère de l’éducation et de l’enseignement supérieur (MEES), and through the universities. And if you enroll in these courses, your chances of success as a candidate increase significantly.
And if you want to earn different certificates, as required by the regulations (1997), you will have to take several exams to earn those certificates, depending on the different pest control activities. Other exams available at the high school, college, and university level may also be recognized for certification in different classes or subclasses.
In addition, you can practice with online pre-tests, which will allow you to gauge your knowledge before taking the final certification exam. These tests serve as prompts, consisting of 25 items. Answers are corrected instantly and you can see your results.
You can also find other forms of training, provided by public and private schools, as well as private and certified instructors.
How do I apply for a certificate?
If you intend to apply throughout this procedure, you must submit your application to the regional office by filling out the form provided, prove that you have passed the examination recognized by the Ministry and pay the certificate fee.
You will then be accredited as a licensed exterminator in Quebec. And if you have any other questions about the specific procedures and regulations, you can consult all the information here, on the website of the Ministry of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, in Quebec.
Now that you know this important information, to become an exterminator in Quebec, don’t hesitate to register and train to get your certification! Don’t forget to follow all the guidelines and legal requirements, as well as take the exam and pay your fees.
And if you are suffering from a pest infestation and cannot eradicate it on your own and urgently need the help of a pest control company, don’t hesitate to contact us! At AKL Exterminator, we are professionals in the extermination and control of all types of pests.
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