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Working in Urban Pest Management

Pest control technicians work to improve community health by maintaining safe, pest-free environments in which we can live and work. Through pest management training, technicians learn skills to carry out activities safely and efficiently. Trained technicians provide confidence to employers and customers of their quality of service.

Careerforce works with industry experts to deliver urban pest management programmes and on-the-job learning opportunities for technicians to complete pest management training. Whether you are new to the sector or ready to take on further opportunities, Careerforce can help you in your pest management career. We also provide business programmes for those in leadership and management.

Explore our Qualifications in the Urban Pest Management Sector

The urban pest management sector is looking for driven, engaged people to help eliminate pests and maintain community health. Through Careerforce, you will find a range of qualifications for technicians just beginning their career or interested in moving into business leadership or management.

 

Support your Pest Management Technicians with On-the-Job Training

Careerforce can support you to enhance your workforce’s skills and knowledge through our well resourced, on-the-job training programmes.

A Careerforce Workplace Advisor will work with you to determine which qualifications are right for your workforce. Together, we’ll develop a comprehensive training plan and discuss steps to set up your training. We will also guide you through funding opportunities to support the growth of your employees.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Pest Control Technicians remove infestations of pests such as insects and rodents 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, hospitals, industrial sites and homes.

As 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.

It is likely you will be expected to train on-the-job for the New Zealand Certificate in Pest Operations (Level 3).

Graduates of the National Certificate in Urban Pest Management (Level 2) only need to complete the following unit standards to achieve the New Zealand Certificate in Pest Operations (Level 3) Urban Pest Control:

28786    Demonstrate knowledge of the purpose and impacts of urban pest management
(3 credits)

28787    Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative framework and regulatory controls governing the urban pest management industry (3 credits).

Examples of roles: Trainee Pest Control Technician, Pest Control Technician, Exterminator,

Examples of qualifications:
New Zealand Certificate in Pest Operations (Level 3)

Pest Control Technicians need to be:

  • good communicators with customer service skills.
  • able to work well on their own.
  • physically fit.
  • 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.

The expected duration for the New Zealand Certificate in Pest Operations (Level 3) is 7 months

Enrolment fees for the New Zealand Certificate in Pest Operations (Level 3) is $230 NZD

Careerforce works with Pest Management Association of New Zealand (PMANZ) and Pacific International to deliver the urban pest management programme.

Pest control technicians work to improve community health by maintaining safe, pest-free environments in which we can live and work. Through pest management training, technicians learn skills to carry out activities safely and efficiently. Trained technicians provide confidence to employers and customers of their quality of service.

Careerforce works with industry experts to deliver urban pest management programmes and on-the-job learning opportunities for technicians to complete pest management training. Whether you are new to the sector or ready to take on further opportunities, Careerforce can help you in your pest management career.

Check out new Zealand job sites such as Jobs for Good, www.seek.co.nz, www.trademe.co.nz/jobs  for entry level job opportunities.  Some employers will support on-the-job training where you’ll have the opportunity to earn as you learn, get practical skills and work towards achieving a nationally recognised qualification without taking on a student loan.

Contact us to see if Careerforce can help you with training in Urban Pest Management