A new timber pest management technician licence is being phased in for NSW. After the dates below it will be needed for treating termites and other timber pests – it will also allow you to do non-timber pest control work.
- If you held a pest management technician licence before 17 December 2021, you can continue undertaking commercial timber pest treatments with that licence until it expires or until 17 December 2023, whichever date is later.
- If you renewed or first got our licence on or after 17 December 2021 you will need the timber pest management technician licence for treating timber pests from 17 December 2023.
Extra training is needed
To obtain a timber pest management technician licence, you must have completed the training needed for a ‘regular’ pest management technician licence plus plus extra nationally recognised training in timber pest control.
Current training consists of these 2 units of competency:
- CPPUPM3008 Inspect for and report on timber pests and CPPUPM3010 Control timber pests OR
- CPPPMT3008 Inspect for and report on timber pests and CPPPMT3010 Control timber pests.
The following earlier versions of this training are acceptable for existing licence holders:
- CPPPMT3008A Inspect and report on timber pests and CPPPMT3010A Control timber pests, or
- PRMPM08B Inspect and report on timber pests and PRMPM10B Control timber pests, or
- PRMPM08A Inspect and report on timber pests and PRMPM10A Control timber pests
This training is the national standard and is now required in other states and territories.
If you’ve already done the above timber pest training
To switch to the new licence, go to eConnect EPA and select the option of 'Vary a pesticide licence'. You will need to be able to upload a copy of the transcript of your qualification showing the competencies you have achieved, so contact your training organisation if you need a fresh copy.
If you propose to do timber pest training
If you hold a pest management technician licence and wish to train for the timber pest management licence, you do not need to take out a training permit. However, you will need to follow other trainee requirements including being appropriately supervised by an experienced licence holder for timber pest control work.
- Various registered training organisations offer training covering the above timber pest competencies under the CPP Property Services Training Package - visit www.training.gov.au
- TAFE NSW is also expected to this offer training
If you only do inspections for timber pests
If you are only doing timber pest inspections and not using any pesticides there is no requirement to hold a licence from the EPA. However if you decide to undertake control of termites or other timber pests using pesticides then all the training and licence requirements outlined above will apply.