Key messages

  • If you need to hire a professional pest control operator, make sure they are licensed.
  • The pest control licence holder register is searchable, and provides details for all current pest control operators licensed in Victoria.
  • There are two licence statuses and three licence authorisations.

If you need to hire a professional pest control operator (PCO) who charges a fee for treating pests in your home or business, it is important to make sure that the operator is licensed. This ensures that they have attained an appropriate qualification.

The department licenses individuals who operate or are employed by a pest control business, and apply pesticides to control insects and pest animals.

The pest control licence holder register provides details (name of pest control operator and licence expiry date) for all current pest control operators licensed in Victoria.

The register allows you to search for current pest control licence holders. For any additional information, contact the department.

Licences and authorisations

There are two options for the status of a pest control licence:

  • fully qualified technician
  • trainee under supervision.

There are three licence authorisations:

  • Arthropods, rodents, birds and fungi (ARBF), permitting a pest control operator to use pesticides formulated for the control of arthropods, rodents, birds and fungi, which are used to control pests (other than pest animals).
  • Pest animal, permitting a pest control operator to use pesticides formulated for the control of pest animals to protect building used for commercial purposes, a domestic premises or privately owned land.
  • Fumigants, permitting a pest control operator to use pesticides in the form of fumigants.

Search for a licensed pest control operator.

Contact details

  • Pest Control Program

    Phone hours are: 9 am to 12 pm, Monday to Friday. Direct all other enquiries to the pest control email address. Postal address: GPO Box 4057, Melbourne VIC 3001