Toxic substance reduction planner licence

How to become a licensed toxic substance reduction planner.

About the job

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change trains and licenses toxic substance reduction planners — professionals who help businesses avoid and reduce the use and creation of toxics during operations.

Licensed planners:

  • recommend improvements to a facility’s toxic substance(s) reduction plan(s)
  • certify the plan(s) of any regulated facility in Ontario

You need to apply and qualify for a planner licence. This includes paying a fee, taking a government-approved training course, and passing the exam.

Planner licences are valid only in Ontario. You need to renew the licence every 5 years.

Qualifications

To become a licensed planner, you must:

  • meet the education and/or work experience pre-requisites
  • submit an application form
  • pay a $2,100 application fee
  • complete a government-approved training course
  • pass a government-approved exam
  • Toxics Reduction Act 2009

Prerequisites

To apply for the program, you must have certain prerequisites (3 possible streams):

  1. University degree
    • BSc, MSc or PhD in a listed field of study and
    • 4 years of relevant full-time work experience or the part-time equivalent
  2. College diploma
    • College diploma in a listed field of study and
    • 6 years of relevant full-time work experience or the part-time equivalent
  3. Work experience without post-secondary education
    At least 8 years of relevant full-time work experience or the part-time equivalent — with at least:
    • 2 years of experience in environmental management, and
    • 2 years of experience in operational activities

If educated outside of Canada/U.S.

Before you apply, a recognized educational assessment agency must review your education credentials to verify that they meet Ontario standards.

When you apply, you must provide proof of:

  • valid/verified international education credentials

Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

Tuition and fees

Before you register for training, you must pay a $2,100 fee.

This fee covers:

  • training $1,250
  • exam $225
  • licence $625

Methods of payment

  • certified personal cheque
  • cheques from a company account — these do not need to be certified
  • money order

All forms payable to: the ‘Minister of Finance’

Registration and training

You need to register for training, when you apply for a licence as a planner.

The process involves selecting a date and location for:

  • in-class training
  • the licensing exam

Registration is first-come, first-serve.

Confirmation of registration

If accepted, you will receive an email confirming:

  • how to access online training
  • the date, location and time of in-class training and exam

Course format

  • Part 1: self-directed online learning (takes 2-3 days, but you typically have 2 weeks to complete the segment)
  • Part 2: 11 modules in-class, instructor-led using case studies and exercises (2.5 days)
  • exclusively offered through the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Learning modules

  1. Introduction to toxic substance reduction
  2. Role of the planner
  3. Determining if a facility is subject to the act and regulation
  4. Overview of the planning process
  5. Developing the plan: Toxic substance accounting
  6. Developing the plan: Part I – Identification of options
  7. Developing the plan: Part II – Options analysis
  8. Developing the plan: Part II – Framing toxics reduction options for implementation
  9. Making recommendations
  10. Reviewing a plan for certification
  11. Planner licence

What to bring to in-class training

On the first day of classroom training, please bring a:

  • piece of government-issued photo I.D.
  • printed copy of your online certificate of completion

Cancel after signing up

You must notify us of your intention to cancel at least 2 weeks before the scheduled in-class sessions.

Licensing exam

On the last day of in-class training, you must take an exam.

The exam is:

  • closed book — notes or other reference materials are not allowed
  • multiple choice format
  • based on course content

Non-programmable calculators are allowed during the exam. Programmable calculators are not.

Minimum grade

You need to score 70% or higher on your exam to earn a licence.

If you fail the exam

You can:

  • 1st time: re-write it for free
  • 2nd time: pay $225 to re-write the  exam
  • 3rd time:
    • wait 1 year from the date of the last exam
    • re-apply to the training course
    • pay all fees again
    • re-take all training courses
    • re-take the exam, after completing the training program

Apply to the program

Before you start, gather:

  • all relevant educational certificates, degrees, diplomas or equivalencies
  • details of your work experience
  • references

Application process

  • download the Toxics Reduction Planner Application
  • fill out the form — all required fields are marked with an asterisk*
  • select the date and location for the in-class training and exam (same location)
  • state that the information in your application is accurate (it’s against the law to submit false or misleading information)
  • confirm that you meet the education and work experience requirements
  • print the completed form
  • prepare your package for mailing, including:
    • the application form
    • copies of your educational certificates, degrees, diplomas or equivalencies
    • fees ($2,100)

Mail an application package

Mail your application and all related documents to:

Receptionist
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
3rd floor
40 St. Clair Ave W
Toronto ON  M4V 1M2

Applications will not be accepted by e-mail.

Proof of course completion

After you complete the program, you will receive an 8.5x11 planning licence in the mail, within 3 weeks. Wallet-sized versions are not available.

Renew a licence

A licence is valid for 5 years.

Expired licence

If you do not renew before a licence expires, you need to re-take the training course and exam.

How to renew

Before you can renew, you must earn 60 professional development credits during the 5 years you were initially licensed.

Before your licence expires and once you have accumulated the required credits:

  • pay the $275 renewal fee
  • complete the form
  • mail the renewal form and payment to:
    Receptionist
    Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
    3rd floor
    40 St. Clair Ave W
    Toronto ON  M4V 1M2

Professional development credits

You can earn 60 credits through gaining experience and/or education that will improve your professional knowledge and skills as a Toxics Substance Reduction Planner. 

These include:

  • minimum 30 credits (from attending an educational course in one of the applicable fields of study)
  • 1 credit (for each hour you spend in teaching and/or giving presentations on new material)
  • 2 credits (for each new written and published article, up to a maximum of 10 credits)
  • 5 credits (for preparing a toxics reduction plan or performing 1 or more functions of a planner, with a maximum of 5 credits/plan)

Suspended or revoked licences

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change may refuse to issue or renew a licence and may suspend or revoke a licence if you:

  • submit false information –in the application for a licence or request for renewal
  • have been convicted of an offence under the Toxics Reduction Act

Lost licences

Use the contact us button on this page to inform the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change as soon as you know of the loss. 

Replacement fee = $75

You will need:

  • a copy of 1 piece of government issued ID (e.g., Driver’s licence, health card)
  • your address and phone number
  • your current employer (from your application form)
  • Submit information with scanned copies of all supporting documents by email or mail the renewal form to:
    Receptionist
    Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
    3rd floor
    40 St. Clair Ave W
    Toronto ON  M4V 1M2

Name and address change

To change your name and/or address, you will need:

  • a copy of 1 piece of government issued ID (e.g., Driver’s licence, health card)
  • your address and phone number
  • your current employer (from your application form)
  • submit information with scanned copies of all supporting documents by email
Updated: September 15, 2014