Pest control licence

Anyone carrying out pest control work for a fee or reward or running a pest control business must first apply for the appropriate licence(s).

Carrying out work without the appropriate licence can result in fines of up to $5,000.

Who should apply

Anyone carrying out pest control work for a fee or reward must hold a:

  • pest management technician's licence (full or limited) and a
  • pest controller's licence (if running their own pest control business).

Pest control licences are not needed if the pest control activities being undertaken meet any of these criteria:

  • they involve (only) applying glyphosate using hand-held equipment of a capacity of 15 litres or less
  • they are only on your property
  • they have been formally exempted from the requirement to hold a licence.

Pest management technician's licence

You can apply for a full or limited pest management technician's licence.

To be eligible for a full pest management technician's licence you must hold the appropriate qualifications.

If you don't hold the necessary qualifications you may be eligible to apply for a limited pest management technician's licence. The limited licence requires you to:

  • work only under the direct supervision (within sight and sound) of a fully licensed person
  • not to give advice or make recommendations about the use of pesticides
  • commence the appropriate training courses as soon as possible from the date the licence is issued
  • have successfully completed all required training courses within a maximum period of two years.

Pest controller's licence

A pest controller's licence is required to operate a pest control business. All pest management technicians must work under a pest controller's licence, either their own or their employer's. To be eligible for a pest controller's licence, you need to meet these criteria:

  • hold a full pest management technician's licence or employ someone who does
  • have adequate knowledge of all relevant regulations and of the practices that should be followed in the conduct of a pest control business
  • have the appropriate equipment to carry out the work.

How to apply

1. Contact controlled substances licensing

Before applying or paying for a licence, contact controlled substances licensing:

2. Application form

Download an application form for either licence from the SA Health website then complete, sign and date the form.

3. Lodgement

Lodge the completed form with the SA Health's controlled substances licensing unit, along with the specified fee (fees and lodgment instructions are on the form) and any other documentation required.


A pest controller's licence and a full pest management technician's licence may be issued or renewed for one year or three years. Licence renewal forms are sent out a few weeks before the licence expiry date.

A limited pest management technician's licence is valid for one year and can be renewed only once, for one year.


If you hold a limited licence and have the necessary qualifications for a full technician's licence you can apply to upgrade.

Upgrade application form - SA Health

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