With New Zealand gearing up to become predator-free by 2050, landowners are facing a massive shortage of trained pest control operators.
If you're looking for a career in pest control, this 19-week course will gear you up with the base skills and tools to get you started.
You'll learn trapping and poisoning techniques for controlling rats, rabbits, stoats and ferrets – some of our most destructive animal pests, as well as methods for controlling pest plants.
Through a mix of theory and hands-on learning, you'll also cover topics such as animal physiology and welfare, personal safety in the outdoors, firearm safety and legislation.
Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:
- New Zealand Certificate in Pest Operations (Level 3)
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19 weeks full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
|Indicative Fees||$3,095 total cost of qualification for domestic students View full fees information|
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- Pest/weed control contractor
- Hunting tour guide
- Private pest controller
- Contract work
Topics you'll cover
You'll study three compulsory topics:
- OTHA3007: Health and Safety
- OTHA3008: Communication and Environmental Impact
- OTHA3009: Pest Control
Plus you'll choose two elective topics from the list below:
- OTHA3010: Quad Bikes
- OTHA3011: 4WD Vehicles
- OTHA3012: Light Utility Vehicles
- OTHA3013: Motorcycles
|Indicative Fees||$3,095 total cost of qualification for domestic students|
Help with fees
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The other is through the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative: If you’re starting tertiary study for the first time you might be eligible for a year’s worth of free fees. Find out more in our FAQ about the government’s fees free initiative.
Student Loans and Allowances
This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.
- A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
- A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you’re studying. You don't have to pay the money back.
Find out more and apply at studylink.govt.nz
Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.
Course Entry Information
You’ll be invited to an information meeting prior to Toi Ohomai offering you a place. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.
For courses at levels 1-3, domestic and international students will be required to:
Complete a diagnostic assessment either prior to or in the first 2 weeks of their study to ensure students can meet adequate literacy and numeracy skills to enable them to meet all academic, health and safety requirements of their programme and to enable appropriate support to be provided.
Provide evidence of ability to complete academic requirements.
English language requirements
Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.
Course Locations and Intake Information
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- 19 weeks full-time, including holidays (if applicable)