Pest Control Licence - Trainee - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you are in training to carry on the business of controlling, destroying or repelling pests as a pest control operator. There are three types of licence authorisations which may be listed on the licence depending on the type of pest control work to be undertaken and qualifications of the licence holder:

  • pesticides (excluding fumigants) formulated for the control of arthropods, rodents, birds and fungi, which are used to control pests (other than pest animals)
  • pesticides formulated for the control of pest animals
  • pesticides in the form of fumigants.

A trainee must only apply pesticides for the control of a particular pest (for example ants) under direct supervision of a fully qualified pest control operator until such time as they have sufficient knowledge and skills to safely apply the relevant pest control pesticides under indirect supervision.

Additional licence authorisations may be added to an existing licence upon written request and upon satisfying the qualification requirements for that additional authorisation.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be a natural person
  • provide evidence that the prescribed qualifications have been attained
  • show that you are a fit and proper person for the position
  • provide any additional required information
  • pay the prescribed fees.

A trainee will be considered to have the knowledge and skills to safely control a particular pest under indirect supervision when they have satisfactorily completed a minimum of four application of pesticides to control that pest.

To be further eligible for a technician licence, a trainee must be assessed as competent by an accredited assessor and issued a Statement of Attainment by a registered training organisation and submit a certified copy of this qualification with an application form to the Agency together with the relevant fee.

Further details are provided in published Guidelines document available from the Agency or contact the Agency directly for assistance.

Ongoing requirements

Trainee licences are granted subject to conditions, which are issued with the licence, and additional conditions may be placed on individual licences by the agency.

Trainees are required to maintain a record, or logbook, or all training undertaken on the job which includes specified information. This information must be able to be matched with the business records for that job. Weekly face-to-face debriefings with a supervisor are recommended.

A trainee licence may be granted a maximum of three times; you must then apply for a technician's licence. A trainee licence may be upgraded to a technician licence by submitting a certified copy of attained qualifications with an application form to the Agency together with the relevant fee.


1 year.



Fees for 2016-17.

Other resources



Lodge your application form, fee, and a photograph of yourself that meets all the required specifications directly with the agency.

Administering agency

Department of Health and Human Services
Pest Control Program

Act(s) name

Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 (Victoria)

Contact details

Licensing Officer
Department of Health and Human Services
Pest Control Program


1300 767 469


1300 769 274

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