Frequently Asked Questions – Pesticide Licensing and Registration

If you are interested in finding out more about Pesticide Management Licensing and Business Registration requirements in Western Australia, read through our frequently asked questions.

If your question is not answered here, please contact the Pesticide safety licensing team on 9222 2000 or email pesticidesafety@health.wa.gov.au and a team member will be able to assist you.

New Changes to Urban Pest Management Technician Licensing

Changes to national urban pest management training for new technicians

The new nationally recognised training package CPP30119 - Certificate III in Urban Pest Management is approved for licensing in WA. This course supersedes the previous CPP30115 Certificate III in Urban Pest Management.

Any person who wants to be become an urban pest management technician in WA and completes training for a specific endorsement area after the 29th September 2021 will need to obtain a qualification statement with the new national units of competency for pest management technicians. The new national units of competency will be recognised by the Department.

Anyone who completes the urban pest management training for a specific endorsement area prior to the 29th September 2021, will be permitted to provide a qualification statement with the superseded units of competency, as these units continue to be recognised by the Department.

Do I need a provisional licence?

A provisional licence will now be required for any new applicant who has enrolled in the units outlined below and who wish to apply for a licence to undertake the following pest treatments:

  • commercial domestic pests – with and without termites and timber pests
    CPPUPM3006 Manage pests by applying pesticides
  • termite treatment of power poles
    CPPUPM3010 Control timber pests
  • feral pigeon control
    CPPUPM3006 Manage pests by applying pesticides
  • fumigation
    CPPUPM3011 Manage organisms by applying fumigants to commodities and environments.

The practical training and assessment for the above units now require actual treatment to be done in real workplaces. For more information, please visit the training.gov.au website.

Do I need a provisional licence if I am adding a new endorsement to my licence?

No. However, you will have a condition on your licence requiring supervision for any treatment that is required as part of your practical assessment in urban pest management or fumigation. The condition on your licence will remain until you provide evidence that you are competent in all the required training units for the endorsement you seek.

Refer to the guide to obtaining a pest management technicians licence (PDF 694KB) for course information.

Will the changes affect existing technicians or pest management business registrations?

The renewal of existing PMT licenses and/or the registration of pest management businesses will not be affected by the new national urban pest management training units.

If I reactivate my expired licence, will I be required to complete the new training units for my existing endorsements?

No, the new provisional licensing requirements only apply to technicians who complete urban pest management training after the 29th September 2021 and have not previously held a pest management licence in any State or territory in Australia.

Provisional technicians will need to treat different types of pests across a number of premises/workplaces to successfully complete the following training units:

  • CPPUPM3006- Manage pests by applying pesticides
  • CPPUPM3010 - Control timber pests, or
  • CPPUPM3011- Manage organisms by applying fumigants to commodities and environments.

Direct supervision is required for employees under 18 years of age. The licensed supervisor will need to sign off all pest management treatments. The licensed supervisor must be an experienced Pest Management Technician (PMT) endorsed in the same pest treatments being supervised. The PMT is responsible for all work for employees under 18. 

Employees that are over 18 years of age and have been employed as a provisional technician for more than 30 working days, may work under indirect supervision of a licensed and experienced PMT endorsed in the same pest treatments being undertaken, until the employee upgrades to a full PMT licence.

Employees that are over 18 years of age and have been employed as a provisional technician for more than 30 working days, may work under indirect supervision of a licensed and experienced PMT endorsed in the same pest treatments being undertaken, until the employee upgrades to a full PMT licence.

Why is a provisional licence for certain endorsement areas now required?

The Health (Pesticides) Regulations 2011 require a person to hold a licence for any pest management treatment. 

A provisional pest management technician licence for the following endorsement areas prior to completing the practical training for the specified units below:

  • commercial domestic pests – with and without termites and timber pests,
    CPPUPM3006 Manage pests by applying pesticides
  • termite treatment of power poles,
    CPPUPM3010 Control timber pests
  • feral pigeon control
    CPPUPM3006 Manage pests by applying pesticides
  • fumigation
    CPPUPM3011 Manage organisms by applying fumigants to commodities and environments.

After the 29th September 2021, require candidates to apply pesticides/fumigants in real workplaces as part of their practical training and assessment within these specified units.

To comply with the regulations, all trainees completing these units will be required to obtain a letter from their registered training organisation confirming completion of the theory component to apply for a provisional licence with the Department.

Provisional licences must be granted prior to the trainee applying any pesticide or fumigant.

What are the number of treatments I need to complete?

CPPUPM3006 requires candidates to apply pesticides internally and/or externally, in ten different residential and/or commercial premises (with at least two premises being a real workplace).

CPPUPM3010 requires candidates to apply pesticides internally and/or externally, in ten different residential and/or commercial premises (with at least two premises being a real workplace).

CPPUPM3011 requires candidates to demonstrate successful fumigation of five different sites for example, sensitive or complex premises. Fumigations must be conducted with at least one other person and supervised by a licensed fumigator.  Of the five required fumigations two must be conducted in a real workplace and three may be simulated.

For more information, please visit the training.gov.au website.

How do I apply for a Provisional Pest Management Technician Licence?

Submit a PS2 application (PDF 252KB) for a provisional licence and include:

  • A letter from the training organisation confirming for completion of the theory component of pre-requisite units CPPUPM3006, CPPUPM3010 or CPPUPM3011 (after the 29th September 2021)
  • Provide evidence of enrolment in other units relevant to the chosen endorsement area
  • Provide evidence of employment with a registered pest management business.

Once a provisional licence is granted, practical training in various types of pest management treatment in the workplace can commence under personal supervision or under the general supervision of experienced technician(s), who are endorsed in the same area.

Pest Management Licence

Where can I find further information about pest management licences?

The guide to obtaining a pest management technicians licence (PDF 694KB) contains everything you need to know about licencing.

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 167KB) for further information.

Do I need a provisional licence?

You need a provisional licence if you intend working in the following areas:

  • commercial and domestic pests (excluding termites and timber pests)
  • commercial and domestic pests (including termites and timber pests)
  • termite treatment for power poles
  • feral pigeon control, or
  • fumigation.

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 694KB) to familiarise yourself with these requirements.

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 694KB) 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 694KB) for course information.

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 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 Glyphosate in my business, do I need a licence?

Yes, you will need to be licensed with the endorsements 8, which allows you to apply herbicides using handheld and backpack equipment for weed control of lawn and garden, bushland, mine site rehabilitation and landscaping.

Pest Management Business

Where can I find further information about pest management business?

The guide to registering a pest management business (PDF 362KB) contains everything you need to know about owning and operating a pest management business. 

How do I register a pesticide business?

The guide to registering a pest management business contains everything you need to know about owning and operating a pest management business.

The guide provides the relevant information and instructions to register a business. You must comply with the instructions in the guide before lodging an application.

Can I own a pest management business?

Anyone who meets the criteria of a “fit and proper” person can own and operate a pest management business on the condition that it is registered by the Health Department, and:

  • the business employs a fully licensed pest management technician for the pest management treatments being offered by the business
  • anyone involved in sales and quoting for work is licensed with a sales endorsement as a minimum
  • anyone licensed for sales only cannot apply pesticides.

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 provides the relevant information and instructions to register a business.

Training and Endorsements

Do I need training to be a licensed pest management technician or salesperson?

Yes, you need to complete training and provide evidence of competency when you apply to become a pest management technician or salesperson. The guide to obtaining a pest management technicians licence (PDF 694KB) provides information on the training approved by the Department of Health. If you take a course that’s not on the approved list your licence application may not be accepted. Always check with the Departments Pesticide Licensing section on p: 9222 2000 or email pesticidesafety@health.wa.gov.au if in doubt.

What is the difference between a licence and an endorsement?

A licence allows you to work in WA as a pest management technician and each licence shows the type of pest treatment (e.g. insecticide, herbicide etc.) you are qualified to do. Each type of treatment you qualify for is called an endorsement. You can be endorsed in one or more types of treatment. You cannot undertake a different type of treatment than what is shown on your licence.

What endorsements are available?

  1. Sales: allows you to work as a salesperson and provide advice on pest management options but you cannot mix or apply pesticides.
  2. Commercial domestic pests: allows you to use pesticides to control pests such as rodents, ants, spiders, cockroaches, flying insects, fleas and bedbugs except termites - see (3)
  3. Commercial domestic pests including termites and timber pests: allows you to use pesticides to control termites plus pests covered in (2). You cannot treat power poles - see (10)
  4. Feral vertebrate control: this endorsement allows you to control foxes, feral pigs, rabbits and wild dogs. This endorsement does not allow you to control feral pigeons - see (5).
  5. Feral pigeon control with alpha-chloralose: this endorsement allows you to control pigeons.
  6. Fumigation: this endorsement allows you to work 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.
  7. Pest and weed control (mechanical equipment): this includes crops & pasture, forestry and turf management. This endorsement allows you to control weeds and pests using mechanical equipment such as boom sprays, quad-bike mounted sprays or air-blast equipment. This endorsement does not allow you to treat pests in domestic or commercial premises but does allow you to treat pests for ovals, greens, firebreaks and recreational areas in the urban environment. Approval for endorsement also makes you eligible for endorsements (8) & (9).
  8. Dieback Control: this endorsement allows you to use phosphite to protect trees and vegetation.
  9. Weed Control: this endorsement allows you to control weeds and some outdoor insects using hand-held and backpack equipment for lawns and gardens, landscaping, bushland and mine site rehabilitation. To use mechanical equipment, you need endorsement (7).
  10. Termite treatment of power poles: this endorsement allows you to treat power poles for termites. It does not allow you to undertake any other kind of pest control including other types of termite treatments.

I have Certificate III in commercial domestic pests, can I treat power poles?

No. In order to treat power poles you need to be endorsed in termite treatment of power poles. To be eligible for endorsement, you must show that you have completed the required training modules. Speak to your training provider about whether any prior training or experience can be used to assess you as competent in the required modules. Irrespective of the exemptions you receive you will also need to complete the Western Powers Pole Course. Download the guide to obtaining a pest management technicians licence (PDF 694KB) for course information.

Which chemicals am I allowed to use?

You can use pesticides that are registered for use in treatments covered by your endorsement areas. Schedule 7 dangerous poisons or restricted pesticides that you intend to use must be listed on your licence before they can be purchased and used. To obtain authorisation to use these chemicals you must have completed the appropriate training.

Training providers are listed in the guide to obtaining a pest management technicians licence (PDF 694KB).

Restricted use chemicals including fumigants and Scheduled Poisons (Dangerous Poisons) are substances that can cause harm to health at low exposure and require special precautions during manufacture, handling and use. Some examples of the active constituents which are restricted use chemicals and must be listed on your licence are:

  • Fumigants and Schedule 7 Pesticides such as chloropicrin, azinphos methyl, fenamiphos, methomyl, methyl bromide, aluminium phosphide, paraquat, 1-3 dichlorpropene, ethanedinitrile (EDN), ethyl formate, phosphine and strychnine.
  • Schedule 6 Pesticides e.g. dichlorvos.
  • Chemicals that contain mevinphos, endosulfan.
  • Chemicals that contain alpha-chloralose, pindone concentrate, 4-aminopyridine, sodium monofluoroacetate (1080), and 4-aminopropiophenone (PAPP).

Why haven’t I received my licence renewal?

Licences take up to 14 days to process and make take longer during peak licensing 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 expired pest technician licence?

If you don’t renew your licence by 2 months after the expiry date you will need to lodge a new application and include your old licence number in the space provided on the application form.

If your licence expired more than 5 years ago you will need to provide a new photo and medical certificate and you may need to update your training. Complete the appropriate form.

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.

Fees and renewals

I haven’t received my licence renewal

Licences take up 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 to 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.

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.

Last reviewed: 20-10-2021
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