Apply for pest management technician licence

If you charge a fee for pest control services you must have either:

To view the current list of registered pest management technicians go to hire a pest management technician.

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You must have a licence to use pesticides for pest control listed in schedules 5, 6 and 7.

This includes using them to manage any of the following:

  • insects
  • rodents
  • birds
  • nematodes
  • bacteria
  • fungi
  • weeds
  • other forms of animal life or viruses that are pests.

To find out more read the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2012 and the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulations 2014.

Pest management licences may be issued for one, two or three years.

To apply for a licence, follow the steps below.

There are special requirements for fumigation endorsement .

Step 1. Fill in the form

Pest management technician licence application PDF (312.6 KB)
Pest management technician licence application DOCX (168.9 KB)

Step 2. Attach supporting documents

You must provide both of the following:

  • evidence of successful completion of competency units 5, 6 and 18 of the Certificate III in pest management or equivalent
  • a certified colour photograph.

Step 3. Pay the fee

Check the fee and find out about payment options.

You can pay for one, two or three years.

Step 4. Submit

Submit your form, documents and proof of fee payment to:

The Manager
Medicines and Poisons Control
Department of Health
PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811
poisonscontrol@nt.gov.au

If you hold an equivalent pest management technician licence in another state or territory, you can apply for mutual recognition.

This allows you to work in the Northern Territory for 30 days or until a decision is made whether to give you a licence.

To apply for mutual recognition, follow the below steps.

Step 1. Fill in the form

Pest management technician licence application PDF (312.6 KB)
Pest management technician licence application DOCX (168.9 KB)

Mark the mutual recognition box.

Step 2. Attach supporting documents

You must provide both of the following:

  • a copy of your current equivalent licence
  • a certified colour photograph.

Step 3. Pay the fee

Check the fee and find out about payment options.

You can pay for one, two or three years.

Step 4. Submit

Submit your form, documents and proof of fee payment to:

The Manager
Medicines and Poisons Control
Department of Health
PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811
poisonscontrol@nt.gov.au

A renewal notice will be sent to your recorded email or postal address.

To update or change your contact details you will need to contact Medicines and Poisons Control and quote your licence number.

You must keep records of transactions for all substances on your licence for two years.

A dedicated register is required to record all transactions for dangerous poisons, known as schedule 7 substances.

This means recording details of stock in, balance and stock out.

Register templates

You can record your transactions on either of the following registers which are available on the Department of Health digital library:

Bed bugs

To read the code of practice for the control of bed bug infestations in Australia, go to Westmead Hospital's Department of Medical Entomology Bed Bug website.

Contact

For help or more information you can call Medicines and Poisons Control on 08 8922 7341 or email poisonscontrol@nt.gov.au.

Last updated: 24 June 2020

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