This course provides an overiew of the impact and control of animal pests. Discover what the course is about, who it's for and registering.


The Animal Pest Control Methods course provides an overview of animal pests, their impacts and control methods (including the principles these are based on, and the task specifications DOC has developed). 

The 4-day course covers all the legal requirements for animal welfare and handling toxins. Working within the law is vital to allow pest control agencies and community groups continued access to the full suite of animal pest control methods 

In particular, it describes the six control methods most commonly used in DOC, and their advantages and disadvantages.  That is:

  • Three pesticides - 'Feratox Strikers', hand laid cyanide and 1080 cereal baits in 'Philproof' bait stations
  • Three traps - 'Victor Professional' rat traps, 'Warrior' possum kill traps and 'Doc200' stoat kill traps

The course describes best practice in the field when setting trap lines and placing traps and pesticides. These ensure pest operations meet animal ethics targets and avoid non-target kills while maximising pest control.  Animal Pest Control Methods also reinforces the correct use of personal protective equipment. 

This course is for anyone who works or wants to work or volunteer in conservation, including:

  • Regional Council staff
  • Volunteers
  • Members of community groups/Trusts/funding recipients


NZQA unit standard 26372, 4 credits @ Level 4


If you register for this course we recommended you also register for and complete these courses:

How to enrol

This DOC field skills course is delivered and administered by Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) in partnership with DOC. For course dates, costs and venues, and how to enrol visit the NMIT website.

Arrangements can be made to hold the course at other venues throughout New Zealand for groups of 8 or more. (Excludes 20 x 20 Plots and Reconnaissance Descriptions and Foliar Browse Index.) Contact



Related link

Threats and impacts of pests

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