Certificate III in Urban Pest Management


Study Type

Blended Delivery (Online & Workplace)

Course Duration

Self-paced, up to 18 months (415 nominal hours)


Course Fee

$4,295 full-fee
$0 NSW Traineeship Subsidy*

*This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Designed For

New and existing industry students


Units of Competency

  1. Core Units
    1. CPPUPM3005 Manage pests without applying pesticides
    2. CPPUPM3006 Manage pests by applying pesticide
    3. CPPUPM3018 Maintain equipment and pesticide storage area in pest management vehicles
    4. CPPCMN3004 Respond to enquiries and complaints
    5. CPPUPM3017 Maintain, service and repair pest management equipment
  2. Elective Units
    1. CPPUPM3008 Inspect for and report on timber pests
    2. CPPUPM3010 Control timber pests
    3. CPPUPM4001 Assess and select pest management vehicle and equipment
    4. CPPUPM4002 Schedule, organise and monitor pest management operations
    5. CPPUPM4003 Assess and advise on pest management options for sensitive

Course Outcome

With the successful completion of this course, students will have the ability to comprehensively apply their knowledge and skill across the operations of the pest business for growth.

Completing students will be issued a nationally recognised Certificate. Prior to enrolment and upon completion, please consult your state’s licensing authority on their license requirements.

Mode of Assessment

All units are assessed individually through the online portal, and consist of:

  • Theory Assessment
  • Practical Video Assessments
  • Logbook
  • Project Assignments

Course Entry

All students must have:

Work Placement

To ensure our students can apply their pest control course training in an industry environment, Rapid Training requires all students to either be employed or have pre-arranged and documented work placement*, under an accredited technician.

During the placement the student must complete a logbook of:

  1. 10 General Pest inspections and treatments.
  2. 10 Timber Pest inspections, and
  3. 10 Timber pest treatments.

*The Work Placement Agreement form, from the licensed/accredited technician must be provided during enrolment to confirm work placement.

Training, Resources and Support

  1. Online Lessons: All required course materials are contained on our online training portal comprising interactive and engaging content.
  2. Webinars: Students will receive access to recorded webinars, hosted by our industry trainers, covering a range of course topics.
  3. Student Support Hour: Virtual face to face support with our trainers, for assistance with course material and assignments are held twice a week.
  4. Chat & Support Requests: Use our online training portal to submit your course or assessment queries 24/7 using either our ‘Student Support Request digital form or our leave a message for a trainer with the chat function.,
  5. Digital forms are available in the online training portal for students request course extensions, suspensions, or cancellations (if required).
  6. Other: To provide additional support & reference, it is recommended that students purchase/obtain the following:
    1. Textbook: “Urban Pest Management in Australia”
    2. Textbook: “Australian Termites”
    3. Australian Standards & Codes of Practice for Timber Pest management, and the Bed Bugs Codes of Practice.

NSW Government Subsidy

Students must meet the traineeship eligibility requirements under the Smart and Skilled Entitlement Apprenticeships and Traineeships program to receive this subsidy.​


On January 1st 2020, the NSW Government commenced an initiative to make traineeship training fee-free to help improve access to traineeships. This means that for all approved traineeships based in NSW that commence in 2020, the entire course fees are subsidised. 

This pest control course is recognised nationally

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