Project Description

This programme is designed to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge required to carry out pest control or pest monitoring in a rural or urban environment. Learners will gain skills which include identifying and controlling hazards, basic survival skills, communication skills, biodiversity, safe vehicle use during pest operations, pest identification, biology, control and monitoring skills, safe firearm, traps and poisons use to control animal, plant and insect pests.

This programme is targeted at individuals who have recently begun working in the pest operations industry or who wish to enter the pest operations industry. The programme has strands in either rural, or in and/or around built urban environments and students can choose the strand option they wish to study upon enrolment.

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Compulsory across all Strands

Course Code Course Name
NZPO1.001 Safety in the Workplace
NZPO1.002 Workplace Communication
NZPO1.003 Pest Control Impacts

Rural Pest Control Strand

Course Code Course Name
NZPO1.004 Operate Vehicles for Pest Control (4WD)
NZPO1.005 Operate Vehicles for Pest Control (Quads)
NZPO1.006 Rural Pest Identification (Animal and Plant)
NZPO1.007 Control Rural Pests (Animal)
NZPO1.008 Control Rural Pests (Plants)

Rural Pest Monitoring Strand

Course Code Course Name
NZPO1.009 Operate Vehicles for Pest Monitoring (4WD)
NZPO1.010 Operate Vehicles for Pest Monitoring (Quads)
NZPO1.011 Rural Pest Identification (Animal and Plant Monitoring)
NZPO1.012 Monitor Rural Pests (Animal)
NZPO1.013 Monitor Rural Pests (Plants)

Outcome Statement

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Maintain health and safety in a range of conditions
  • Communicate, report and record information for workplace requirements.
  • Identify the purpose and impacts of pest operations.

Graduates of the Rural Pest Control strand will also be able to:

  • Operate vehicles in a rural environment
  • Identify and control a pest type in a rural environment

Graduates of the Rural Pest Monitoring strand will also be able to:

  • Operate vehicles in a rural environment
  • Monitor a pest type in a rural environment

Graduates of the Urban Pest Control strand will also be able to:

  • Identify, control and monitor pests commonly found in an urban environment

Education Pathways

On completion of this programme, students may progress on to the New Zealand Certificate in Pest Management (Level 4) with strands in Pest Animal and Pest Plant.

Employment Pathways

Graduates of this qualification may be employed in a range of roles in Pest Control enterprises requiring limited supervision to identify pests and control methods, operate vehicles and monitor operations.


  • Full-Time 26 Weeks
  • Part-Time 52 Weeks

Entry Criteria

Academic Achievement

Academic Achievement

Applicants should demonstrate an ability to succeed in tertiary study, shown by the completion of any of the following qualifications or courses of study:

  • Level 2 Pest Control industry qualification or experience in the industry.
  • Any qualification specified by the ITO or equivalent standards setting body
  • A minimum of three years of secondary education;


  • 48 or more credits at NCEA Level 1, with no fewer than 12 credits in each of four subjects;


  • Step 3 Reading and Step 4 Numeracy on the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (LNAAT)

The below are a pre-requisite to the course however we will support you in getting these during your time studying with us where necessary.

  • Hold a current Firearms Licence
  • Hold a controlled substances handling licence
  • Hold a current A class driver licence
  • Hold unit 24557 Demonstrate knowledge of the safe operation of a quad bike

English Second Language Students

Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools or other teaching institutions is not English, require an ELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.5 or above (or equivalent) for enrolment.

Life Skills/Work Experience

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry criteria above may be admitted to the programme/course of study if they are able to demonstrate:

  • Equivalent pest control knowledge and skills (minimum two years in the industry)

Selection Criteria

All applicants will be required to meet with the tutor or field officer of the programme they are applying for prior to starting – this will be an informal conversation which will include covering the programme expectations and getting a better understanding of suitability for the programme.  Where there are more applicants than places available or the programme is not the best fit, a waiting list will be kept or our team will work with you to provide a suitable alternative. On completion of this conversation the tutor will assist with filling in the full application form to move into the next part of the enrolment process.

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