Government of Nova Scotia Government of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Canada


Pests and Pesticides

Domestic Retail Requirements


Please forward questions concerning the new requirements to the following email address:

There are no restrictions if you are only selling products on this list:
List of Allowable Pesticides – Domestic Class (PDF: 573k)

Vendors must have a Class I Vendor Certificate of Qualification if they are selling products on this list:
Restricted Access/Controlled Purchase Pesticides List – Domestic Class (PDF: 510k)

How do I get a Class I Vendor Certificate to sell restricted access/controlled purchase Domestic class pesticides?

You should be aware, beginning April 1, 2011, rules dealing with pesticides labeled for use on lawns or turf become effective.

If you are selling only products on the List of Allowable Pesticides (PDF: 573k) then certification is not required. These products can be sold in the same manner as they are currently.

Only vendors/retailers who wish to continue selling Domestic Class excepted use products such as glyphosate (Round-Up) will be required to have certification;  although we encourage vendors to take a course. We do allow for home study of the manual prior to writing the exam.  The exam is 3 hours in length, closed book and approximately 100 multiple choice questions. The pass mark is 75%. This is not an easy exam.  Here is a link to the exam instructions (PDF: 32k). Once the exam is written the turn around time for processing is fairly quick.

Here is a link to our vendor training manual:

Upon successful completion of the exam the client must apply for a certificate at a cost of $64.40.  The certificate is valid for 5 years.

If you decide to pursue certification, please consider the following:

  1. The purchaser cannot have direct access to the excepted use products/controlled purchase. The retailer must find a way to prevent access, for example with locked cabinets, locked glass cases.
  2. The purchaser must speak with the certified vendor to gain access to the excepted use product. This will assist in educating the purchaser on the proper use of the product.
  3. A vendor with a Class I Vendor certificate must be available whenever excepted use pesticides are sold.  Therefore, a store may need several certified employees
  4. If vendors are selling Domestic Class excepted use pesticides the business does not require certification.
  5. Written information regarding the legal use of the pesticide must be provided to the purchaser. Nova Scotia Environment will provide you with this information.

The following documents are important to read: