Commercial operator's licence

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If you distribute (spray, spread or disperse) herbicides using ground equipment (any machine or apparatus other than an aircraft), on land that you do not own or occupy, you may require a commercial operator's licence. As a licensed commercial operator you may only carry out the work in the course of the business or under the direction or authority of a licensed ground distribution contractor or aerial distribution contractor.

Find out more about the commercial operator's licence for using herbicides.

Special arrangements for pest management technicians

A pest management technician (PMT) who holds a current pest management technician's licence under the Pest Management Act 2001 and a relevant pest management qualification is taken to hold a commercial operator's licence. However, any ground distribution the licensed PMT undertakes can only be carried out in the course of the business of, at the direction of, or on the authority of a licensed ground or aerial distribution contractor.

The relevant pest management qualification is a statement of attainment issued by a registered training organisation under the Vocational Education and Training (Commonwealth Powers) Act 2012 or similar legislation in another state. The statement declares that the licensed, qualified pest management technician has successfully completed each of the following competencies (or their replacement when these units are revised):

  • PRMPM05 – Modify Environment to Manage Pests
  • PRMPM06 – Apply Pesticides to Manage Pests
  • PRMPM18 – Maintain an Equipment and Consumables Storage Area.