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Pest Control in the Northern Territory is governed by Department of Health Medicines & Poisons Control. Any person using pesticides must have either a pest management technician licence or authorisation under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Act. Pest Management Technician licenses are issued as either a full or provisionary licence. All the licenses in the northern territory states such as Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs are issued by the Department of Health.
A full pest control licence holder can set up his own pest control business. For a person to get a full pest control licence, he must have finished and passed the Units five, six and 18 from the Asset Maintenance in Pest management technician program.
Depending on your level of proficiency, you may be provided with a provisional licence. You will have to work under the supervision of a full licence holder for a period of hundred (100) contact hours as a trainee. A provisional licence holder cannot use chemicals under schedule 7 unless he is under direct supervision of a licensed pest management technician or officer. These chemicals may include termiticides and other arsenic chemicals.
All pesticide applications must carefully adhere to the pest control management guidelines. You must hold a first Aid certificate and complete the ChemCert and/or Smart Train. During that period, you do not have the permission to set up a pest control business. The provisional licence has a duration of one year for the holder.
Application Form for full and Provisionary Licenses – Department of Health
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There are several licence conditions which must be met for pest management technicians. The use of a license must be in the following areas. To control or prevent, inhibit growth, repel or attract rodents, birds, insects, birds, weeds and any other form of viruses or animals whose behavioral pattern is suspicious enough to be classified as pest.
It is important to always keep good records. It is a requirement of all licence holders to record transactions for all substances for two years.
All tranactions must be recorded in a register. There are currently two registers. The firts is for sellers of schedule 7 substances and the second is for users of schedule 7 poisons.
Some licence holders may be asked to have periodic health examinations. If health concerns are raised from using pesticides a health check is recommended. Anyone using methyl bromide for fumigation may also be asked for an exam.
It is a necessity that each individual applying fumigants commercially gets a technician licence . Pest management technician licence holders who use a schedule 7 fumigant must hold a fumigant endorsement. Schedule 7 fumigants include methyl bromide, chloropicrin, phosphine or any other schedule 7 poison.
The licence issued range between 1 to 5 years in duration. The disparity of the license is generally for the purposes of varying the fumigation site environment as well as the condition of the licence.
There are several document that are required to accompany a fumigant endorsement application. These include:
If you want to Apply for the pest control licence, follow the following steps:
In determining if an individual is apt to be granted a licence or carry on to hold a license, the following are considered: