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Pest Control Legislation within Queensland is stipulated in the Pest management Regulation 2003 pursuant to Pest Management Act 2001. The Queensland Government issues licenses for both commercial and domestic premises. The Licensing authorities in Queensland are the Queensland Government Department of Health (for domestic and commercial pest control Licenses) and the Queensland Government Department Primary Industries body (for agricultural and Horticultural pest control licenses). Registration of businesses is not required and individual licenses are given for timber pests and fumigation services. No permits are issued to trainees.
The Licenses issued by the Environmental Health Section of the Queensland Department of Health include;
This is accredited to a person who has trained in this field and acquired credentials necessary to be issued with one. This is a requirement under Health (Pesticides) Regulations 2011. This excludes timber pests, and one has to have completed units 5, 6 and 18 from Asset Maintenance in Pest Management Technical. Those under training in Queensland need to be under immediate and direct supervision of a Licensed Pest Management Technician and in the process of acquiring their relevant qualifications.
This licence is required to carry out pre-construction chemical work for a new construction, and also to investigate or inspect an existing building and give advice or report concerning a termite infestation or management systems. A physical Licence is also required when installing a particular material or system designed to prevent termite infestations.
To be licensed as a Pest Management Technician in Queensland, an individual must adhere to the following;
The following conditions must be observed;
In the case where a licence is lost, destroyed or whatever case that warrants a replacement, the holder of that licence will be required to pay a fee that is meant to cover the cost of replacement licence. In the event that the licence has expired, the holder will have to renew it on or before the expiration date.
It is issued by QLD Health for commercial operators-people that operate ground equipment from which ground herbicide distribution is done, and ground and aerial distribution contractors. Organizations and individual contractors who carryout business of ground distribution, direct or authorize ground equipment to be used by Licensed commercial spray operators.
The requirements to have these Licenses vary with the type of Work performed; whether it falls under a Declared Hazardous area or Non-Declared Hazardous Area.
One has to meet the licence obligations if self employed as a distribution contractor and operate the equipment on their own right for a commercial operator. However, a pest management technician holding a current pest management technician’s licence does not need a commercial operator’s licence when carrying out distribution of herbicides.
If there is need for supervision of a group of unlicensed operators to use ground equipment to carryout ground distribution, a licensed commercial operator is allowed to do so long as he maintains closed supervision at all times.
To conduct fumigation activity, a full certificate is strictly issued by a registered training organization. Furthermore, a person that is applying for a fumigation activity license will have to show a Declaration of Assessment which will affirm that the applicant has been evaluated as being proficient in fumigating at a certain place or area. The Queensland health department does not offer any training whatsoever. Instead, they have a full list of the registered organizations and courses which is acquired online from the National Training Information Service website
Must have undertaken a course in Agvet Chemical Use or equivalent that includes the following units,
The commercial operators licence is issued by the Farms, Fishing and Forestry Department of Business Queensland. One has to pass the Bio-security Queensland written exams achieving competency in the National Competency units of RTC3704A-prepare and apply chemicals, RTC3401A-control weeds and RTC3705A transport, handle and store chemicals.
It is meant for technicians who wish to undertake work as a trade contractor. The scopes of work under the QBCC licence classes include Chemical Termite Management and Physical Termite Management. Both of these licence classes require the holder to carry professional indemnity insurance.
The state of Queensland has several registered training organsations (RTO). These facilities provide formal qualifications to people who successfully complete all units of training.
If you have previously undertaken related courses you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (TPL) by a Registered Training Organisation.
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For further information on Pest Control Licence Information in Queensland please contact the QLD Department of Health.