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Pest Management Training

TME Trade Training offers flexibly delivered pest control courses. Our training is up to date, informative and delivered by TIPRM industry experts. The nationally accredited training programs cover the key areas required for licensing and competent work.

For larger employers, training may be offered at your work site.

Prerequisites

Our pest courses are designed for people already in the industry, working in situations where the competency requirements of the units can be assessed in the workplace. They are NOT suitable for people hoping to enter the industry. You normally must be already employed in a pest management business.

How we train CPP30119 – Certificate III in Urban Pest Management

The Management Edge works with The Institute of Pest Risk Management to provide flexible training solutions for the pest management industry. The Certificate III course is only suitable for people already working in pest control environments.

The course is taught over two years, broken into three separate short courses;

  1. Manage non-timber pests skill set – 3 units – which cover general pests and licensing requirements for most States.
  2. Manage timber pests skill set – 3 units – which is used for termite certification.
  3. Balance of course to attain full qualification – 4 units – which covers a broad range of skills and complex work.

It is possible to take the clusters one at a time and use them to build the full Certificate III.

Course Fees

From 1 July 2022, each cluster costs $2,410, payable in advance. Participants who enrol into the full qualification, or are retraining to retain licensing, may be entitled to government fee subsidy.

Skill Set CPPSS00046: Manage non-timber pests

(Technician license units) 

Brief

The course covers all the competencies generally required for a technician to obtain a licence to apply pesticides in their State or Territory (except WA).

Delivery mode

Flexible training is offered through a mix mode of online self-paced study, face-to-face classes and regular tutorials (Zoom sessions). The self-paced study is broken into small lessons that can be done during gaps in the working day.

Why this skillset

This course covers the basic skills for safe work as well as a grounding in the most common pests for new workers. It is a must-have for all licence holders.

Units

The units commonly known as 5, 6 and 18 are the latest release:

CPPUPM3005 Manage pests without applying pesticides

CPPUPM3006 Manage pests by applying pesticides

CPPUPM3018 Maintain equipment and pesticide storage area in pest management vehicles

Skill Set CPPSS00047: Manage timber pests

(Termite Units)

Brief

The skill set course covers units 8 and 10 plus the often left out, unit 42. We believe that even those who specialise in building inspections can benefit from Unit 42’s understanding of installed systems. The course is usually taken by licensed technicians who already have considerable experience in pest work. While termite management dominates the skills, the full range of wood degradation is covered and learners will develop skills to also identify and manage decay and beetles as well as work in new construction. This course provides the skills and knowledge to work with timber pests and these are increasingly a licence or insurance requirement.

Why this skillset

Persons who apply pesticides to manage termites and other timber pests will need units 8 & 10 for a termite endorsement on their licence. These units are already typically required by insurers. Unit 42 completes the skill set and supplies understanding of termite management systems as used in new constructions.

Units

CPPUPM3008 Inspect for and report on timber pests

CPPUPM3010 Control timber pests

CPPUPM3042 Install termite management systems

Delivery mode

Flexible training is offered through a mix mode of online self-paced study, face-to-face classes and regular tutorials (Zoom sessions). The self-paced study is broken into small lessons that can be done during gaps in the working day.

Balance of Full course 

Brief

This course covers the most commonly sought after higher-level skills. Our selection of four smaller units will give the learner a broad skill set that enables them to work competently and engage with clients. It is best taken after the other two short courses.

Delivery mode

Flexible training is offered through a mix mode of online self-paced study, face-to-face classes and regular tutorials (Zoom sessions). The self-paced study is broken into small lessons that can be done during gaps in the working day.

Units

CPPCMN3004 Respond to enquiries and complaints

CPPUPM3017 Maintain, service and repair pest management equipment

CPPUPM4004 Assess and advise on pest management options for complex operations

CPPUPM4006 Implement and monitor pest management plans for complex operations

Units 4004 and 4006 are new units that also go towards the Certificate IV course.

Informative

Flexible Delivery

Accredited certificate

FAQ

If you have a problem with registering to our course, any doubts or technical issues, contact the TME  team and we will help you with your inquiry.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m not working as a pest manager. Can I pass the course?

This is training to meet the National Competencies which have been written to meet the needs of industry. To pass, you need to provide a range of evidence of jobs done under the supervision of someone who already holds the competencies. In practice, this is very difficult to achieve if you are not already working, so, why we won’t say a definite ‘no’, we do advise that it would be difficult. Becoming a good, safe, pest manager involves a lot of learning. We believe that you cannot learn what you need without a lot of direct work experience.  

What are the attributes of a good pest manager?

A pest manager needs to be reliable, not afraid of some hard work, a good communicator, a stickler for details and someone who values the customers. Before you undertake this course, you will have begun employment in a pest management business and so are expected to have these qualities. To succeed in your learning, you need to apply yourself, complete the work and provide the required documentation.

Who is suitable for this study?

The training suits people who have gained employment as a trainee pest manager or who are licensed pest managers needing to update or expand their competencies.
If you are new to the industry, we strongly recommend that you first obtain employment as a trainee and then undertake the study.

Can I sign up to learn how to be a pest manager and start my own business?

Probably not with us. The competency training requires that you perform work overseen by an already competent person. This typically means that you are already associated with a business or have organised to work with an existing business to gain your experience.

I’m working in another area but see pest work as potentially profitable. Can I train to obtain a licence and expand my business to include pest work?

Probably not with us. The competency training requires that you perform work overseen by an already competent person. This typically means that you are already associated with a business or have organised to work with an existing business to gain your experience.

We’re in a hurry. Can you train or technician very quickly?

We train people to be skilled professionals. This takes time. We don’t cut corners. If you value speed over quality, we may not be the best fit for you.

How long do Pest control courses take?

How long it takes depends on many things. Each short course can be completed in under 20 weeks and the Certificate III in 100 weeks but you can take a year for a short course and two years for the full Certificate III. If you are in a rush, there are other RTOs that focus on speed.

I see you are mostly based in Victoria and NSW. Can you train technicians from other areas?

Yes. This may not be a problem if you can meet the criteria. Currently, if you are based in WA or QLD, we are not eager to take you on due to the local State needs and differences. We are very happy to train people from the ACT, VIC, NSW, SA and overseas, IF the prerequisites for evidence of work can be obtained. We do not provide extensive practical experience.

I live outside of Australia. Can I do the study?

 We are happy to train people from any country but do keep in mind that the competencies are written entirely to meet the needs of Australian employers and compliances. Our delivery is only in English. The problem we have is that to obtain the competency, you still need to provide evidence of a lot of work done under the supervision of someone who already has the competencies. You may be able to do this with some employers in SE Asia or you may organise to spend a few months working in Australia.  Please email your questions.

How much does it cost?

The website at tme.edu.au/pest has the current prices. We evaluate costs and may adjust prices at the end of calendar and financial years.

Do I have to do the full Certificate III to work as a pest manager?

Generally no, except in WA but this is expected to gradually become the standard. We offer the general pest skill set course which usually covers basic licensing.  The timber pest skill set course covers termites, borers and decay. If you want to work with termites, you should have both skill sets. Check with the authorities in your State or Territory for the latest regulatory advice.

Is government funding available?

Government funding may be available to you. New trainees may get funding towards the Certificate III. People retraining may be eligible for support for the skill sets where these are needed to maintain a licence. Ask.

How do you train?

 In the time of continuing COVID, we are offering flexible learning opportunities. In general, there will be some face-to-face classes (in day blocks), fortnightly Zoom tutorials, and online self-paced study you can do in little lessons that fit into the breaks in your day.

Where do you run classes?

In the time of continuing COVID, we are offering flexible learning opportunities. In general, there will be some face-to-face classes (in day blocks) offered in Melbourne with the possibility of NSW and other areas if there are sufficient enrolments. We can train at your business if you have enough people learning at once. Ask.

If I sign up, can you guarantee that I will get a licence?

No. We train and assess your ability to be a competent worker. Licences are granted by State and Territory government agencies. Generally, they will tell you their licensing requirements (of which our training forms part) and will licence anybody who proves eligibility.

Do you do RPL?

We can assess you to see whether it is appropriate for you to apply for RPL (recognition of prior learning). The fee is the same as the training and we prefer that you do the training. The evidence requirements of the competencies has increased markedly over the years, so RPL probably isn’t as simple as you imagine it should be. We can give credit for some units already undertaken. We can do a partial RPL where you have some of the skills and knowledge requirements fully documented. For many people, it is just as simple to do the course as it is to try and provide the evidence outside of it. We are happy to discuss your situation and needs.

I have worked in the industry for X years and now they tell me I need to re-qualify to keep my licence. Can you help me?

We probably can. You may be eligible for some recognition of prior learning (RPL) but it is a fast-changing world, and you may prefer to work through the course, picking up the latest information. In any case, we still need you to supply the same level of evidence of work done before you can be assessed as competent. See also the question, “Do you do RPL?”. You may be eligible for some government re-training fee help.

I only need 8 & 10 for my termite licence. Why do you teach the full skill set that includes 42?

 Unit 42 covers all the stuff people install at construction to manage termite risks. If you are going to be inspecting and managing termites in existing buildings, you need to know what you are looking at and how these systems are supposed to work. TIPRM holds the position that being able to competently identify the various termite management system is an important skill for persons who work with any structures.  So we teach the whole timber pest skill set at the one time. Really, we would need to cover a fair bit of 42 in 8 & 10 anyway. Persons who only inspect can benefit from the study of this unit even if they don’t complete the installation work necessary to reach the 42 competency.

My circumstances are unusual, can I talk with you about my needs?

Yes of course. We seek to provide paths for all persons who have the capacity to work as pest managers. Our delivery is adaptable. We cannot promise to provide anyone with supervised completion of the required work evidence, but can talk to you about this. Please complete the pre-enrolment form and email any questions.

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