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Pest Control Course (Pest Managers’ Grandfather Clause Upgrade Training is also available)

TME Trade Training offers pest control courses online, or delivered onsite at your workplace ( numbers permitting). Our training is informative and delivered by TIPRM industry experts. Pest Managers’ Grandfather Clause Upgrade Training is also available, click here for more information. 


Our Pest Control 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. It is NOT suitable for people hoping to enter the industry.

How Our Pest Control Courses Work

The Management Edge works with The Institute of Pest Risk Management to provide training solutions for the pest management industry. Our tailored and nationally accredited short course training programs cover the three key areas of training required for licensing and competent work. We also provide solutions for older, already competent workers who need to upgrade their training to the Certificate III level units. Learners are expected to be already employed in the industry.

The course is only suitable for people already working in the industry.

The course is broken into 3 clusters;

  1. Manage Non-Timber pests – 3 units
  2. Manage Timber pests – 3 units
  3. Balance of course to attain full qualification (4 units)

It is possible to do one cluster on its own.

Course Fees

Each cluster costs $2,000, payable in advance. Participants who enrol into the full qualification may be entitled to State Government fee subsidy, depending on meeting eligibility requirements.

Skill Set CPPSS00046: Manage non-timber pests

(Technician license units) 


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

Delivery mode

Flexible training is provided 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

It is a Must-have for all licence holders.


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)


The short 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 with 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 also need Certificate Units to renew their licence after 2021. These units are already typically required by insurers. 


CPPUPM3008 Inspect for and report on timber pests
CPPUPM3010 Control timber pests
CPPUPM3042 Install termite management systems

Delivery mode

Flexible training is provided 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 (CPPCMN3004, CPPUPM3017,CPPUPM4004,CPPUPM4006)


This course covers the most commonly sought after higher level skills with our selection of four smaller units that 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 provided 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.


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


Flexible Delivery

Accredited certificate


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.  

How is the training delivered?

Training is flexible. The core is provided online in short lessons you can do on your smart phone whenever you have some free time. This is supported up by Zoom tutorial sessions where we can talk broadly about the various tasks of the pest manager. Where possible under Covid, we also provide day classes. All work is submitted online. You can enrol at any time.

Who are suitable for these courses

The training suits people who have gained employment as a trainee pest manger or who are licensed pest managers seeking 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.

Why are there three short courses?

The Technician Course provides the basic qualification to obtain a licence to apply chemicals to manage pests in most States of Australia. The full Certificate III is recommended as providing a strong skill set and is required for work in Western Australia.
The Timber Pest  Course is an entry to the world of termite management. We include Unit 42, which many others don’t, because even if your work doesn’t involve measures for new buildings, we believe that people managing termites in buildings or inspecting for termites in buildings, need to be able to recognise and assess what does get installed at construction.
The Miscellaneous Units Course is suited to someone with a year or more’s experience who wants to achieve the full Certificate III.

How long do Pest control courses take

It depends on which course and delivery option you selected. Each of the short courses can be safely completed over 90 days if you can gather the required work evidence. You can have up to a calendar year to complete a short course and two years to complete the Certificate III.

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 has the competencies already. 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 you questions.

Why now?

Legislation in Victoria requires that all licensed pest managers hold the required competencies from the Certificate III in Pest Management. Health Dept Licensing have enabled persons with earlier qualifications to keep trading and persons with licences expiring up until the end of 2021 can renew for a further three years. Persons whose licence expires in 2022 will require the upgraded qualifications to continue being licensed to work. The grandfather clause applied to all those who held a licence prior to 26 October 2002.

Further, the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 create a distinction between a licence for general pest work and a licence that permits work on timber pests with the same transitional arrangements. That means that persons wishing to do termite work will need units 8 & 10 to renew their licences from January 2022.

These changes have arisen because of efforts to have nationally harmonised licence provisions and an agreement of the Agriculture Minister’s Forum. The requirements will eventually apply to all States and Territories.

Why do we add Unit 42 and tech the whole Skill Set?

42 covers tall he 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 any installed termite management systems is an important skill for persons assessing a structure’s termite risks and so we teach the whole 47 skill set. 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 email you questions.

What happened to Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

We have been working on a comprehensive online RPL evidence uploading system and intended to make the process as stress-free as possible.
Unfortunately the assessment requirements are now very strictly specified which puts a very high burden on proof any proof. It is, we have decided, much easier and faster to just re-train. Our online RPL evidence upload service is not going ahead at this time. We do not want to waste your time collecting and presenting evidence we can’t use.
We will explore ways that evidence of your jobs already done can be presented to reduce the work impacts. RPL is not closed off, it is just that we do not believe it is obtainable for most people. You are most welcome to apply for RPL assessment but we reserve the right to charge additional fees to cover the increased workload.

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