PESTNETWORK was formed in 2003 by Ace Bird Proofing Limited (Riley Birdproofing Consultants), Cleaning Systems Limited (CSL) and Key Industries Limited (Key) to improve the standards of workmanship and professionalism in the New Zealand Pest Management Industry by offering regional quality training workshops.
PESTNETWORK foresaw the industry becoming heavily legislated by the NZ Government (ERMA) and distribution of pest control products was in danger of being largely overseas controlled. There was also a need for high quality, easy accessible education for our industry.
In 2005 another New Zealand company, Pacific International Insurance, joined the training organisation. Pacific International owns a Registered Training Organisation, Rapid Training Pty Ltd, in Australia. This wholly owned subsidiary is the largest training provider to the pest management industry in Australia and trains technicians up to Certificate IV level. This valuable resource was added to the experience and great knowledge of the original three companies.
In 2006 PESTNETWORK conducted a large number of workshops throughout New Zealand in order to prepare Pest Managers in obtaining their Approved Handler Qualifications. All pest control technicians are required by law to hold current approved handler certification. It also supplied many businesses with a safety manual that they are required to have. This manual was written specially for the pest management Industry by PESTNETWORK.
The PESTNETWORK is now recognised as the biggest and best provider of high quality training and advice to the pest management Industry and offers ongoing professional development training every year by running workshops in Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.
About 200 pest management technicians have completed a course in bedbug control in accordance with the 'Bedbug Code of Practice' conducted by Pacific International's training division in Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington and Christchurch. These businesses are qualified to carry out bedbug inspections and treatment for the accommodation industry and home owners.
PESTNETWORK has conducted training workshops on fly management, bedbugs, ants, rodent (rats & mice) control and borer control, to name just a few. Every year, we discuss the most important issue of Health & Safety, for the technician, the householder and the environment.
Member companies' representatives attended the largest pest management conference in the Asian Pacific region held on the Gold Coast with over 400 delegates from New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Thailand.