pest-control-technician

As a Pest control technician you’ll help to keep people safe by determining proper treatment and removal of infestations of pests such as insects and rodents.  You can get paid to get qualified as a Pest control technician or ‘Exterminator’ with on job training.

What’s involved in being a Pest control technician

Pest control technicians (sometimes referred to as exterminators) inspect buildings and premises for signs of pest infestations such as insects and rodents and determine the best type of treatment using a range of chemicals and equipment. You’ll work in commercial, industrial and domestic buildings including locations as diverse as shipping ports, restaurant kitchens, factories, healthcare facilities, industrial sites and homes.

As a Pest control technician you’ll often work alone, driving to jobs in a vehicle containing treatment equipment. Your work might be indoors or outdoors, and can involve being in confined spaces. You’ll need to wear protective clothing, such as overalls, face mask and gloves. In addition to a normal working week, you may need to work during evenings and weekends.

A typical day for a Pest control technician

A Pest control technician may do some or all of the following:

  • inspect premises for any signs of pests or pest activity.
  • investigate and identify pests.
  • develop pest control plans.
  • use chemical and non-chemical methods such as pesticides and traps to control and monitor pests.
  • provide specialist services such as shooting pests, bird control or fumigation of imported and exported goods.
  • lay poison and traps or use weapons such as air-guns to control birds and animals.
  • educate people on pest control and prevention and provide specialist services and advice to particular industries such as export/import services, food manufacturing and shipping.
  • employ preventative measures to stop pests returning.

Characteristics

  • Good communication and customer service skills.
  • Able to work well on their own.
  • Good physical fitness.
  • Practical and able to work well with technology and machinery.
  • Able to cope with unpleasant sights and smells.
  • Comfortable working in confined spaces and at heights.
  • Comfortable working around animal pests such as rats and mice, cockroaches, wasps and bees, spiders and feral animals.
  • Vigilant, especially when dealing with poisons.
  • Accurate when measuring and calculating doses of pesticides.
  • Aware of health and safety and the environment.

Aptitudes

Useful experience for pest control technicians include:

  • working with animals.
  • work handling chemicals and/or poisons.

How to become a qualified Pest control technician

You learn to become a pest control technician through on the job training supported by Careerforce, so you will need to be employed.  Your employer can help you gain relevant, practical qualifications while gaining experience in a work environment.  Assessment is carried out by assessors within the workplace.

Career Journey

At School Introductory Roles Advancing Roles Leadership Roles/Senior Roles
Technology
Science
Mathematics and Statistics
SUGGESTED SUBJECTS
Health and Physical Education
Social Sciences
Pest Control Technician
Exterminator 

 

 

Senior/Head  Technician
Service Specialist 

 

 

Owner/Operator
Service Supervisor
Technical/Operations Manager
Trainer
Company Director 
Qualifications Qualifications Qualifications
Gateway Subjects
Follow the Service Industry Vocational Pathway
New Zealand Certificate in Pest Operations (Level 3) Urban Pest Control New Zealand Certificate in Pest Management (Level 4) Tertiary qualification

More information

Read more about Pest management qualifications
New Zealand Certificate in Pest Operations (Level 3) Urban Pest Control
New Zealand Certificate in Pest Management (Level 4) under development (at December 2016)

In employment

  • Talk to your employer
  • Contact 0800 277 486 and talk to our Apprenticeship and Vocational Pathways Advisors at Careerforce

Still at school?

  • Talk to your Careers Advisor
  • Contact 0800 277 486 and talk to our Apprenticeship and Vocational Pathways Advisors at Careerforce

 

 

 

 

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