Pest industry licensing and registration

The Department of Health licenses and regulates pest management technicians and pest management businesses in Western Australia. 

Any person who wants to work in the pest management industry in Western Australia must obtain a technicians licence from the Department of Health. To be eligible for a licence a person must have completed training approved by the Department of Health. Technicians that are licenced in other States and Territories must contact the Department of Health before commencing work to see if they are eligible to work in Western Australia. 

Once licensed, a technician may register their own owner-operator pest management business with the Department of Health or work for a pest management business that is already registered by the Department of Health.   

It is a breach of the Health (Pesticide) Regulations 2011 for any person to work unlicensed or to operate a  pest management business that is not registered by the Department of Health. The Department of Health can and does carry out legal prosecutions against, individuals, employers or businesses who have breached the regulations and caused a health related injury to another person. It is a discretionary action and only carried out where it is in the public interest.

The following web pages provide information about: 

  • everything you need to know about becoming a pest management technician, including approved training organisations.
  • everything you need to know about registering a pest management business, including vehicle requirements.
  • frequently asked questions about becoming a pest management technician and registering a pest management business. 
  • annual fees for pest management technicians and pest management businesses.
  • go to the forms web page to: 
    • apply for a licence or replace a lost licence.
    • reactivate or upgrade a licence.
    • change information on a licence or business registration.
    • cancel or transfer a business registration.
    • update a photo ID.
    • obtain a medical certificate.

Newsletter

The Environmental Health Directorate publishes a pesticide safety newsletter twice a year. Subscribe here (external site) to keep updated about pesticide safety.

Contact information

Ask for pesticide licensing when  contacting the Department of Health

Phone:9222 2000

Email: pesticidesafety@health.wa.gov.au

Last reviewed: 02-12-2019
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