The vertebrate pest control industry has been steadily raising standards in both the effectiveness of its pest control work and safety standards for its workers, for the general public and for non-target species.

Specialised training is now increasingly required by the agencies who contract out vertebrate pest control work. People in the industry must also have a thorough knowledge of the numerous regulations and requirements that govern such aspects as animal welfare, safe handling of toxic substances and environmental risk management.

Available training opportunties include:

Other courses

Various short courses and workshop training opportunities in such aspects as bushcraft and practical pest control are periodically offered throughout the country by such organisations as polytechnics, the Department of Conservation and regional councils. Many of these opportunities are ideal for private landowners and volunteer groups who carry out their own vertebrate pest control.