State or Territory licensing

There is no national pest control technician licence in Australia. All the States and Territories have different licence requirements and regulations.

Following is a summary of the licencing requirements across Australia.  If you require further information this should be obtained from your relevant state or territories licencing authority.

State & Territory Licences

  1. New South Wales

    Licences are issued by the WorkCover NSW.

    To obtain a pest management technician licence you need to have completed Units 5, 6 & 18 from Asset Maintenance in Pest Management Technical. This licence allows you to undertake general pest control and also termite & timber pest management.

    Pest Management Trainees aren't required to hold a state licence, but must work under the supervision of a licenced pest management technician and also be enrolled in a course for Units 5, 6 & 18.

    To undertake Fumigation in NSW, the operator needs to have completed Units 6 & 11 from Asset Maintenance in Pest Management Technical.

    Note: Pest Management Technicians must complete Units 8 & 10 before Rapid Solutions can provide Insurance cover for Timber Pest Inspections and/or Termite Work.  


  2. Queensland

    Pest Management Licences

    Licences are issued by the Environmental Health Section of the Queensland Department of Health.

    There are three categories of Pest Management licences in QLD.

    Trainees in Queensland need to be under immediate and direct supervision of a licensed Pest Management Technician. They also need to be in the process of obtaining their relevant qualification as outlined above. Where the Trainee is deemed competent enough, they may work under indirect supervision, however the licensed Pest Management Technician must be on the same premises and accessible at all times to the Trainee.

    For technicians that hold their Pest Management including Timber Pest licence and wish to undertake timber pest and/or termite management they need to hold a QBCC contractor licence. In addition, those technicians that install termite physical barriers need to complete Unit 42A Install Physical Termite Barriers and be accredited in that particular system they install.

    QBCC Contractor Licences:

    • Termite Management - a chemical Licence is required to carry out pre-construction chemical work for new constructions, also to inspect or investigate an existing building and give advice or a report concerning a termite infestation or termite management systems for the building.
    • Termite Management - a physical Licence is required if installing a particular material or system designed to prevent termite infestations. Also if inspecting or investigating a completed building and provide advice or a report about the use of the particular material or system for the building.

    Building Inspectors:

    Building Consultants require a Queensland Building and Construction Commission Licence known as a Completed Residential Building Inspection Licence.

    To obtain this licence you must:

    • hold a current licence in at least one of the licence classes: builder - low rise, builder - medium rise, builder - open;
    • or, have accreditation as a building surveyor, assistant building surveyor or building surveyor technician by the ABIS;
    • And, have completed an approved completed residential building inspectors course,
    • And, be able to demonstrate five years relevant experience in the technical qualification provided.

    You must also meet certain financial requirements as specified by the QBCC and carry Professional Indemnity Insurance of at least $1,000,000 (unless you are provided with an exemption by the BSA).

    Licences for Herbicide Use:

    Licences are issued by QLD Health

    There are dual licensing requirements for herbicide use:

    • commercial operators - this is required for people that operate ground equipment from which ground herbicide distribution is carried out
    • ground and aerial distribution contractors - organisations and individual contractors carrying on the business of ground distribution or directing or authorising ground equipment to be used by licensed commercial spray operators.

    A person who is self employed as a ground distribution contractor and who operates ground equipment in their own right must meet the licence obligations for a commercial operator and also hold a ground distribution contractor licence. However, pest management technicians holding a current pest management technician's licence does not need a commercial operator's licence when carrying out ground distribution of herbicides.

    A licensed commercial operator is permitted to supervise a group of unlicensed operators to use ground equipment to carry out ground distribution, if required, if they are present throughout the duration of such ground distribution being carried out and maintain close supervision at all times.

    To obtain a Commercial Operators Licence involves either passing a Bio-security Queensland written exam or by achieving competency in the National Competency Units of RTC 3704A - Prepare and Apply chemicals, RTC 3401A - Control Weeds & RTC3705A Transport, handle & store chemicals.

    The need to have these Licenses can vary with the type of work performed and whether it is in a Declared Hazardous Area or Non-Declared Hazardous Area. All contractors carrying out Weed work should contact the Queensland DPI to determine their requirement to be licensed.

  3. Victoria

    Pest Management Technician Licence

    Licences are issued by the Victorian Department of Health.

    To hold a full Pest Management Technician licence you need to have completed Units 5, 6 & 18 from Asset Maintenance in Pest Management Technical. A full technician licence is valid for 3 years.  

    The Licence holder must only use the pesticides or classes of pesticides specified on the Licence.

    Trainees are required to work under supervision and must be currently enrolled in Units 5, 6 & 18. The trainee pest licence is valid for 12 months, but can be issued a maximum of 3 times. Trainees must be at least 16 years of age. If carrying out Pest Animal Management e.g. (Foxes, wild dogs, rabbits etc.) or Conservation and Land Management activities they must be enrolled in a course as prescribed by the Victorian Department of Health

    Trainee Pest Management Technicican Licence holders may apply pesticides while in training only under the direct supervision of an appropriately qualified pest control technician with a valid licence authorised for those activities undertaken. Indirect supervision can only be undertaken on the satisfactory submission, by their supervisior, of a completed Victorian Department of Health Trainee Skills Declaration Form.

    Fumigation Licence

    Licences are issued by the Victorian Department of Health.

    To undertake fumigation in Victoria the operator needs to have completed Unit 11 Asset Maintenance in Pest Management Technical.

    Agricultural Pest & Weed Control

    Commercial Operator Licences are issued by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries.

    Persons carrying out agricultural, horticultural, weed control, pest animal control other than in domestic or commercial premises or sites or water treatments will require a Commercial Operators Licence. 

    Victoria also has an Agricultural Chemical User Permit (ACUP) system to restrict the use of high risk chemicals.  An ACUP is required if you use Agricultural chemicals that are S7, contain Atrazine, Metham sodium or Ester formulations of 2,4-D, 2,4-db or Triclopyr, 1080, fumigants or Pindone.



  4. South Australia

    Licences are issued by the SA Department of Health.

    To obtain a full Pest Management Technician licence you need to have completed  Units 5, 6 & 18 from Asset Maintenance in Pest Management Technical.  This licence allows you to undertake general pest control. If you carry out termite & timber pest management work you need to complete Units 8 & 10 from Asset Maintenance in Pest Management Technical and have your licence endorsed 'Timber Pests.

    Pest Management Trainees must  hold a Limited Pest Management Licence and be enrolled in a course for Units 5, 6 & 18 as soon as practical on issue of the Limited Pest Management Licence. This licence is valid for a maximum of 2 years. 

    A Trainee must work under the direct supervision of a full licensed Pest Management Technician. However on completion of  Units 6 & 18 and submit, and have approved, a 'Trainee Skills Declaration" completed by their supervisor to the Controlled Substances Licensing section of SA Health they can them work under indirect supervision.

    Activities such as Pest & Weed Control for Agricultural, Horticulture, Viticulture & Vertebrate Animal Control require specific courses and endorsements to the Pest Management licence.

    To undertake fumigation in South Australia the operator needs to have completed Units 6, 11 &18 Asset Maintenance in Pest Management Technical.

  5. Northern Territory

    Pest Control

    Licences are issued by the NT Department of Health - Poison Control Section.

    To obtain a full Pest Control Operator licence you need to have completed Units 5, 6 & 18 from Asset Maintenance in Pest Management Technical and hold a Senior 1st Aid Certificate.  This licence allows you to undertake general pest control and also termite & timber pest management.

    To obtain a Provisional Pest Control licence you need to be employed by a fully licensed Pest Control Business. You need to have completed a ChemCert or SmartTrain course, hold a Senior 1st Aid Certificate and have completed 100 hours of 'shoulder to shoulder' practical experience with a licensed pest control operator.  You also need to be enrolled in a course for Units 5, 6 & 18. The provisional licence is valid for 12 months.  

    Once you hold a provisional licence you must be supervised by a licenced pest control operator. A provisional licence holder can only use registered pesticides (but no termiticides or schedule 7 pesticides) and only while employed by, and under the direction of, a fully licensed Pest Control Operator. If using any termiticides or schedule 7 poison, a fully licensed Pest Control Operator must be in direct shoulder to shoulder supervision of the Provisional Licence holder. 

    Note: Pest Management Technicians must complete Units 8 & 10 before RAPID Solutions can provide Insurance cover for Timber Pest Inspections and/or Termite Work.  

    Fumigation

    Licences are issued by the NT Department of Health - Poison Control Section.

    To undertake Fumigation in NT the operator needs to have completed Units 11 Eradicate pest through fumigation from Asset Maintenance in Pest Management Technical, hold a Senior First Aid Certificate, pass a medical assessment and provide evidence that you have actively assisted in at least 3 fumigations.

  6. Tasmania

    Licences are issued by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

    Pest Control

    To operate a pest control business in Tasmania you must hold a business licence known as a Commercial Operators Licence. 

    A Pest Management Technician working under the business' Commercial Operator's Licence needs to hold a Tasmanian Certificate of Competency for the type of work undertaken.  

    For general urban pest work you will need to have completed Units 5, 6 & 18 from Asset Maintenance in Pest Management Technical

    Trainee pest controllers can apply for a provisional Certificate of Competency for a period of 6 months, once they complete units  6 & 18 or a ChemCert equivalent,  while they complete the rest of the training competencies. 

    Note: Pest Management Technicians must complete Units 8 & 10 before Rapid Solutions can provide insurance cover for Timber Pest Inspections and/or Termite Work. In Tasmania there are no native subterranean structural termites causing economic damage and the only likely timber pests encountered would be Borers and Fungal Decay.

     Fumigation

    For Fumigation work you will need to have completed Unit 11. 

    Other Work

    There is a wide range of activities such as agricultural pest and weed work, 1080 baiting, non cropping and forestry activities that require a Certificate of Competency. These are issued by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

  7. Australian Capital Territory

    Licences are issued by Territory and Municipal Services.

    There is no Pest Management licence in the ACT. Persons carrying out pest or weed work in the ACT for commercial gain must apply for an Environmental Authorisation for the type of work they perform.

    To obtain an Environmental Authorisation for pest control you must have completed Units 5, 6 & 18 from Asset Maintenance in Pest Management Technical. If you wish to undertake Termite or Timber Pest work you need to have completed Units 8 & 10. For fumigation work you need to have completed Units 11.

    There are special conditions for the use in the ACT of any Schedule 7 chemical.  


  8. Western Australia

    Licences are issued by the WA Department of Health.

    Pest Control

    There are three types pest technician licences:

    Fumigation

    To hold a fumigation licence in WA, the operator needs to have completed Units 11, 19, 43A of Asset Maintenance Pest Management Technical, BSBSM407A - Manage a Small Team and a basic First Aid Course. They also need to provide a medical certificate stating that they are medically fit.

    Other Work

    Specific endorsements are required to a WA licence as well as undertaking certain courses for:

    • Power pole termite work
    • Insectigas-D use
    • Feral pigeon control
    • Feral vertebrate control with 1080 or strychnine
    • Land care and bushland pesticide use
    • Pesticide work in crops, pastures, forestry, pest & weed control in non cropping situations and turf management

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