Article written by Bruce Gow
Is Your Termite Control Expert Really an Expert?
What distinguishes a termite expert from any other pest controller?
In NSW, pest controllers must complete an entry level course in pest control. On successful completion they are able to obtain a pest control licence – however the entry level qualification does not make the student a specialist. He or she may control cockroaches, ants and spiders, etc, but can’t carry out termite inspections or treatment alone.
BSBSMB402A Plan small business finances
BSBSMB404A Undertake small business planning
PRMCMN302A Respond to client inquiries and complaints
PRMPM02B Assess pest management options
PRMPM05B Modify environment to manage pests
PRMPM06B Apply pesticide to manage pests
PRMPM07B Implement a pest management plan
PRMPM09B Advise client on pest management options
PRMPM17B Repair and maintain service` equipment
PRMPM18B Maintain an equipment and chemical storage area
PRMPM26B Select and obtain pest management equipment and materials
PRMPM27B Manage pest management operations risk
PRMPM28B Organise and operate a pest management vehicle
PRMPM29B Plan and schedule pest management operations
PRMPM43A Prepare and present a pest management submission including quotation
BSBHRM401A Review human resources functions
BSBHRM402A Recruit, select and induct staff
BSBINN301A Promote innovation in a team environment
BSBSMB403A Market the small business
BSBSMB405A Monitor and manage small business operations
BSBSMB406A Manage small business finances
BSBSMB407A Manage a small team
PRMCMN402A Facilitate effective client relationships
PRMPM22B Develop and review company policies and procedures
PRMPM35B Manage assets
TAADEL301C Provide training through instruction and demonstration of work skills
Does that mean you should only choose a highly experienced technician?
Not necessarily – a qualified specialist who has good equipment, is diligent in inspecting for termite activity, and uses quality products to treat infestations may do a better job that a termite expert of many years who isn’t as diligent and relies on old detection methods.
How to choose your specialist in NSW
1.Ask if your pest controller has obtained the Termite and Timber Pest Management qualification. Also if they have gone one step further by having Certificate IV in Asset Maintenance (Pest Management)
2.Ask your termite expert what type of equipment will be utilised in the search for termite activity – for example, modern equipment may include a thermal imaging camera, a Termatrac microwave device and moisture detection equipment.
3.Finally, ask your termite expert how and where they search for termites and nearby colonies to get a sense of how professional and diligent your termite expert is.
Bruce is also available as an independant Expert Witness on all aspects of termite control and other timber pests as an expert consultant. Over 7 years were spent as a police officer with plenty of court experience, so he is a very knowledgable, strong witness on your side.
He is also a professional public speaker on any pest or termite control topic.