The Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association (AEPMA) is a professional association that represents pest managers throughout Australia. Although the main office is based in Sydney, there are many offices located throughout Australia. The AEPMA was founded in 1988 in order to have a national association for pest managers. The AEPMA sets the professional standards for the Australian Pest Management Industry.
The AEPMA manages PestCert, which is an accreditation offered to professional pest managers who have met the AEPMA standards. These standards ensure pest managers follow and adhere to the highest level of professional conduct. Members must prove they have mastered the latest pest technology practices, and they have to commit to continuing professional development to ensure they are knowledgeable of the newest advances in pest management.
The association members must adhere to the AEMPA’s Code of Practice. The AEMPA also makes certain members are insured and are able to access the latest technological developments in pest management. The AEMPA provides mediation if a disagreement occurs between the customer and the pest manager. It is important to choose a pest manager who is AEMPA certified, so if a problem occurs then the association can help both parties reach a solution. The AEMPA is not able to assist or provide mediation to pest managers who are not certified by the AEMPA.
How does the AEMPA Ensure that Members are Environmentally Responsible?
In order to ensure AEMPA members are environmentally responsible, they must use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques. AEMPA members suggest that customers prevent pests by using non-chemical methods, such as controlling moisture levels in the home or blocking areas in the home which pests can enter. If a chemical agent must be used to eliminate pests, then members use pesticides that are approved by the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (NRA). Members of the AEMPA must also strictly adhere to the strength of pesticide that is administered to pests, as directed by the NRA.
The Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association is an international member of the Federation of Asian and Oceania Pest Managers Association (FAOPMA). The AEPMA has elected represent ivies in government organizations, including:
• Pest Industry/Government Sector Working Group
• Advisory Committees
• Standards Australia
The AEPMA has contributed to the National Competency Standards and National Licensing of Pest Managers. The association has also collaborated with the Senate Select Committee on pesticides, and the AEPMA has also contributed to NHMRC workshops on pests and termites.
The AEMPA is a great resource for finding a professional pest manager. The AEMPA ensures that members safely administer pesticides and follow the AEMPA’s Code of Practice. You can read more about the AEPMA on Action Pest’s blog.