Frequently Asked Questions - Pesticide Licensing and Registration

How do I apply for a Pest Management Technicians licence?

The Department offers 2 types of Licence

  1. A pest management technicians licence, and
  2. A provisional pest management technicians.

Information on how to apply for a pest management technician’s licence can be found in the guide to obtaining a pest management technicians licence (PDF 464KB).

Download and read the guide before calling the Department. Choose the application form from the link at the bottom of this page and submit it together with all the supporting documents to the Department of Health Pesticide address printed in the guide.

Do I need a provisional licence?

You need a provisional licence if you intend working with commercial and domestic pests, termites and timber pests (not for working with termite treatment of power poles). You will need to be supervised until you complete your training and keep a log book. Download the guide to obtaining a pest management technicians licence (PDF 464KB) to familiarise yourself with these requirements. 

Which course is right for me?

Before you can work in the pest management industry, you must hold a current licence. To obtain a licence you should choose one or more courses from the  guide to obtaining a pest management technicians licence (PDF 464KB) that will endorse you for the type of pest management treatment and service you or your employer wish to provide.

Important information: please read questions 16 - 19 if you are planning to be self employed. To choose the course that is right for you please discuss your needs with the training provider. One or more training providers are listed in the guide. A link to the guide is provided at the bottom of this page.

What courses are available and what can I do with them?

There are many different courses and subjects depending on the area of pest management you wish to work in. Once you complete a training course, the Department will endorse you for that course. A brief list of the training courses and endorsement types is shown below and a detailed list is in the guide to obtaining a pest management technicians licence (PDF 464KB).

The courses listed in the guide have been approved by the Department of Health. If you take a course that’s not on the list your licence application may not be approved. Check with the Departments Pesticide Licencing section on 9222 2000 or email pesticidesafety@health.wa.gov.au if in doubt.

(a) Sales: you can work in the pest management industry as a salesperson and provide advice on pest management options but you cannot mix or apply pesticides.
(b) Urban Pest Control: Commercial & Domestic Pests – you can work in the pest management industry and use pesticides to control – rodents, ants, spiders, cockroaches, flying insects, fleas, bedbugs. You cannot control termites (refer to c).
(c) Urban Pest Control: Commercial & Domestic Pests + termites and timber pests - you can work in the pest management industry and use pesticides to control termites plus pests covered in (b). You cannot treat power poles (refer to j)
(d) Feral vertebrate control: this endorsement allows you to work in the pest management industry to control foxes, feral pigs, rabbits and wild dogs. This endorsement does not allow you to control feral pigeons. 
(e) Feral pigeon control with alpha-chloralose: this endorsement allows you to work pest management industry to control pigeons.
(f) Fumigation: this endorsement allows you to work in the pest management industry as a fumigator. It includes an authority to use methyl bromide and aluminium phosphide. If you wish to use other fumigants you will need to seek authorisation for each alternate fumigant after completing the recognised stewardship course.
(g) Crops & pasture, forestry, pest & weed control (non-cropping), turf management: these endorsements allow you to work in the pest management industry to control weeds and pests using mechanical equipment such as boom sprays, quad-bike mounted sprays or air-blast equipment. It does not allow you to work in domestic or commercial premises but does allow to treat ovals, greens, firebreaks and recreational areas in the urban environment. This endorsement makes you eligible to request endorsements (h) & (i).
(h) Dieback: this endorsement allows you to work in the pest management industry using phosphite to protect trees and vegetation. 
(i) Lawn & gardening, landscaping, bushland & mine site rehabilitation: This endorsement allows you to work in the pest management industry to control weeds and minor pests using hand-held equipment. 
(j) Termite treatment of power poles: this endorsement allows you to work in the pest management industry to treat power poles for termites. It does not allow you to undertake any other kind of pest control including termite treatments other than power poles.

I only want to work in sales, do I need a licence?

Yes, you need a sales endorsement refer to the guide to obtaining a pest management technicians licence (PDF 464KB) for course information.

I only want to treat power poles, what licence do I need?

You need to be endorsed in termite treatment of power poles refer to guide to obtaining a pest management technicians licence (PDF 464KB) for course information.

I have Certificate III in urban pest management, can I treat power poles?

No, to treat power poles you need to be endorsed in termite treatment of power poles; however, you may seek exemption for units already completed and should discuss this with the training provider. Irrespective of the exemptions you receive you will need to complete the Western Powers Pole Course.

Download the guide to obtaining a pest management technicians licence (PDF 464KB) for course information.

I have Certificate III in urban pest management, can I control weeds?

Certificate III automatically endorses you for a domestic lawn & gardening endorsement but it does not endorse you to control weeds around commercial premises or public places; you need the pest & weed control (non-cropping) competency training for this. You may seek exemption for units already completed and should discuss this with the training provider.

Is my provisional licence automatically converted to a technicians licence at the end of my training?

No, you must apply for a technicians licence and attach your log book or copies of your log book to your application. Refer to guide to obtaining a pest management technicians licence (PDF 464KB) for more information.

I'm a qualified technician, can I work in any pest control area?

No, you can work only in the areas for which you have been endorsed to work. Your endorsements appear on your licence.

Which chemicals am I allowed to use?

You can use pesticides that are registered for use in your endorsed areas. Any schedule 7 dangerous poisons or restricted pesticides that you intend to use must be listed on your licence (authorised) before it can be purchased and used. To obtain authorisation you must have completed the appropriate training.

Training providers are listed in the guide to obtaining a pest management technicians licence (PDF 464KB).

Schedule 7 Poisons (Dangerous Poisons) - these substances have a high potential to cause harm at low exposure and require special precautions during manufacture, handling and use (some examples of the active constituents in some Schedule 7 products are, chloropicrin, azinphos methyl, fenamiphos, methomyl, methyl bromide, aluminium phosphide, paraquat, 1-3 dichlorpropene, ethanedinitrile (EDN), ethyl formate, phosphine, Strychnine) 

  • Schedule 6 Pesticides i.e. dichlorvos. 
  • Chemicals that contain mevinphos, endosulfan. 
  • Chemicals that contains  alpha-chloralose, pindone concentrate, 4-aminopyridine, strychnine, sodium monofluoroacetate (1080), and 4-aminopropiophenone (PAPP).

Do I need a licence to spray weeds for my lawn mowing business?

Under the Health (Pesticides) Regulations 2011 anyone who charges a fee or offers a service for gain or reward for managing weeds needs to be licenced with at least the Lawn & gardening endorsement.

I am licenced interstate can I work in WA?

Technicians not licenced in WA but wishing to work in WA must contact the Department of Health ahead of arriving in WA to work. Reciprocal rights are determined on a case-by-case basis.

You should contact the department on 9222 2000 or email pesticidesafety@health.wa.gov.au well ahead of time to avoid disappointment. The Department will contact your licence provider to verify that you hold a current licence.

I haven’t received my licence renewal

Licences take 10 to 14 days to process and make take longer during peak licencing period between June and August. To avoid delays ensure that the Department has your current mailing address and email address and renew your licence as soon as possible after receiving the renewal notice. Complete the appropriate form to advise us of your change of address.

How do I reactivate my pest technician licence? 

If you have allowed your licence lapse by 2 months but less than 5 years you will need to lodge a new application with your licence number in the space provided. if you have allowed your licence to lapse by 5 years or more you will need to provide a new photo and medical certificate. Complete the appropriate form

Can I own a pest management business?

Anyone can own and operate a pest management business (PDF 362KB) on the condition that it is registered by the Health Department, however:

  • you may not apply pesticides unless you are fully licensed
  • you may be endorsed in sale however a sales endorsement will only allow you to provide advice on pest management treatments and not apply treatments
  • you can’t be a sales person in your own business unless you are licensed
  • you can employ or contract fully qualified licensed technicians
  • a licensed sales person that you employ cannot apply pesticides.

Can I work for myself as a pest technician?

Yes but only under the following conditions:

  • You must register your business with the Health Department.
  • You must be fully licenced – you cannot work for yourself if you hold a provisional licence.

Refer to the guide to registering a pest management business (PDF 362KB) for further information.

How do I register a pesticide business?

The pest management business (PDF 362) provides the relevant information and instructions to register a business. You must comply with the instructions in the guide before lodging an application.

What are the costs for obtaining a licence and registering a business?

Refer to the fee schedule for charges. The fees may change without warning.

I buy my pesticides from retail outlets, do I still need a licence to use them in my business?

It does not matter where you buy pesticides. You will need to be licensed if you offer pest management treatment services for gain or remuneration (charge a fee).

I only use Glphosate in my business, do I need a licence?

Yes, you will need to be licensed with the endorsements of Lawn and Garden, Bushland Minesite Rehabilitation and Landscaping.

My business is registered with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC), does my business still need to be registered by the Health Department?

Yes, your business must be currently registered as a pest management business with the Department to operate in WA. This registration is separate to registration for taxation purposes and registration of your business name with the ATO and ASIC respectively. The pest management business (PDF 362) provides the relevant information and instructions to register a business.

Why do I need a medical certificate to work in the pest management industry?

Pesticide technicians work with chemicals with the potential to harm their health. A medical clearance is needed to ensure technicians are sufficiently fit to work in the pest management industry.