pest control

VTA (Vertebrate Toxic Agent) Training

Duration: 1 day, Cost: $750 + GST per person

Course overview

This course is designed to meet the legal requirements of the ACVM Hazardous Substance and New Organism Act and the New Work Safe Act.

It provides the knowledge and skills to prepare trainees to use the poisons involved in pest control.

What is covered?

  • New Zealand legislation that controls the use of VTAs.
  • Who needs to be licenced and what that entails.
  • The types and uses of controlled substances.
  • The types of pests that they control.
  • How to stay safe while using VTAs..

Who should attend?

  • Individuals who wish to become an approved handler for VTA and gain a controlled substance licence.
  • Individuals training who work in the pest control field.
  • Field supervisors.
  • Site location storemen and supervisors at retail outlets selling VTAs.

Key benefits

  • Understand the requirements of the legislation.
  • Understand the basics of staying safe with VTAs including rules, types of safety gear, emergency response.
  • Overview of the procedures for storage, transport and disposal of VTAs.
  • Train with a NZQA recognised Private Training Establishment (PTE)


2 assessment pages, practical exercises and a written assessment


There is no prerequisite however trainees must have a job in pest control pending their training and licensing.


  • Comprehensive resource material
  • An AsureQuality completion certificate
  • A police check
  • Certified Handler Certificate on achievement of assessment competency

On request

  • AsureQuality can facilitate the CSL application with Worksafe as needed.  All documentation must be completed in full in order to process the application

This programme provides formal training and assessment as required  for VTAs for which you may require a Certified Handler Certificate:

  • Potassium Cyanide
  • Sodium Cyanide
  • Yellow Phosphorous
  • DRC 1339
  • Sodium Fluoroacetate (1080)
  • Microencapsulated Zinc Phosphide (MZP)
  • Para-aminopropiophenone
  • PAPP
  • Alphachoralose solid

Note: Currently this course is only available to domestic students. Please contact us if you are not a domestic student and would like to register your interest in this course.


Upcoming courses

  • Early Bird Offer
  • Limited Spaces

    • Wed 27 Jan 2021 Gisborne - location TBA $750.00 + GST
    • Thu 4 Feb 2021 Ashburton Quality Suites $750.00 + GST
    • Tue 16 Feb 2021 Hamilton - AsureQuality Office Te RAPA $750.00 + GST
    • Thu 25 Feb 2021 Palmerston North - Distinction Hotel $750.00 + GST
    • Tue 2 Mar 2021 Tauranga - Classic Flyers $750.00 + GST
    • Wed 21 Apr 2021 New Plymouth $750.00 + GST
    • Thu 12 Aug 2021 New Plymouth $750.00 + GST


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