Apply for pest management technician licence

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

Find out more below or read about hiring a technician to see the NT pest management technician licence register.

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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.

If you need to possess or use a Schedule 7 fumigant for fee or reward, you must also get fumigation endorsement.

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 below steps:

Step 1. Fill in the application

Fill in the below application:

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 and pay the relevant pest management fee.

You can pay for one, two or three years.

Step 4. Submit the application

Submit the application, supporting documents and a copy of your payment receipt by mail, email or fax to:

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

Fax: 08 8922 7200

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 application

Fill in the below application and 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 and pay the relevant pest management fee.

You can pay for one, two or three years.

Step 4. Submit the application

Submit the application, supporting documents and a copy of your payment receipt by mail, email or fax to:

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

Fax: 08 8922 7200

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

To update or change your contact details, 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 on the Department of Health Library Services ePublications:

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

Medicines and Poisons
Department of Health
5th floor Manunda Place
38 Cavenagh Street
Darwin NT 0800
poisonscontrol@nt.gov.au

Phone: 08 8922 7341
Fax: 08 8922 7200

Last updated: 12 October 2020

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