New Zealand Certificate in Pest Operations (Level 3)

Rural Pest Control

Kaitaia, Whangarei
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About this programme

This hands-on programme prepares you to work on hunting and pest control projects. You’ll gain practical experience in pest control through shooting and using traps and poisons. You’ll also learn to identify flora and fauna, how to navigate and complete an expedition into remote bush and develop habits for communicating, problem-solving and working safely and effectively.

What you will learn

You will learn:

  • How to identify common native and introduced flora and fauna

  • How to work safely and effectively in the conservation estate

  • To navigate using maps and compass, and GPS

  • How to complete an extended expedition into remote bush

  • Practical experience in pest control, through shooting and using traps and poisons

  • To work in a safe and effective manner as part of a hunting or pest management team

  • Good work habits including time management and basic problem solving, communication and recording skills

  • About the social, cultural, legislative and economic dimensions of a career in hunting and pest control.

Courses in this programme

Students must attend specified field trips and assessments to pass this programme.

Career options

  • Pest/weed control contractor

  • Hunting tour guide

  • Bushman

  • Private pest controller

  • Contract work

Entry Requirements 

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences

  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level

  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have and IELTS score of 5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

Qualification gained

New Zealand Certificate in Pest Operations (Level 3)

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

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Full time


1 Semester

Start Dates

Kaitaia: February

Whangarei: July

Semester Dates (2019):18 Feb - 28 Jun
22 Jul - 29 Nov

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Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $3,265.27

Student levy may apply

International: Programme not open to international students

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