Professional pest control is governed by the Chemicals Act

Use of certain pest control products is permitted only if you are

  • a qualified professional in pest control, or
  • a farmer with a qualification in plant protection products and you use the products in your own farming activities.

Use of the most dangerous substances is restricted to professionals who have obtained a special qualification.

You can obtain the qualification in pest control and plant protection products from certain education providers that Tukes has approved. Tukes approves the provider of the pest control qualification, the recipient of such qualification, as well as the provider of the special qualification. The content of the qualification and its completion are set out in more detail in the relevant Government Decree.

A pest control operator must obtain a qualification in pesticide use

The pest control operator demonstrates with the qualification that he or she is qualified to use pesticides. The aim of the qualification is to ensure that professional pest control operators are using the products safely and appropriately. Those with less than 3 years’ experience in pest control must pass a competence test.

Once you have obtained the qualification in pest control, do the following:

  • submit a notification to Tukes of the qualification
  • pay the registration fee of 100 euros to Tukes
  • obtain a new qualification and submit another notification to Tukes every 5 years.

Tukes records the persons qualified in pest control in a register that it maintains.

Tukes may cancel the registration of a qualification if the pest control operator does not use pesticides appropriately and in compliance with instructions, or if the pest control operator has caused environmental or health hazards by his or her actions.

Use of products presenting a particular hazard or risk requires a special qualification

Only pest control operators with a special qualification can use products presenting a particular hazard or risk to health or the environment. Special qualification is product-specific and remains valid for a period of 5 years.

To obtain the right to use substances under special qualification, you need to do the following:

  • obtain a product-specific special qualification in using the product
  • submit a notification to Tukes of the special qualification
  • pay the registration fee of 100 euros to Tukes
  • obtain a new special qualification every 5 years.

Once the above steps have been taken, Tukes records your details in the special qualification register for pest control operators. After special qualification, the person is qualified to supply and use certain products marked in the register. Tukes may cancel the registration if you do not fulfil the registration requirements.

Product-specific information on restrictions concerning professional use is found in Tukes’ Biocidal products register and Biocidal pesticides register.

Education on pest control and qualification providers

Education on pest control is organised by Salpaus Further Education. For more information on dates of the courses, registration and other practical arrangements relating to the qualification, please contact Ville Lehtinen.

Pest control operator qualifications can be obtained from the following schools and companies

Companies providing professional pest control must be registered in Tukes’ company register

Such a company must submit a notification to Tukes of starting the business before carrying out professional pest control. At least one person responsible must be working full-time for the company.
The responsible person named by the company must have the following:

  • training in pest control or a corresponding vocational qualification in accordance with the Chemicals Act, or
  • a qualification in pest control.

Tukes records the company and its responsible person in its qualification and company register. A fee of 100 euros is charged for the registration.

Pest control registers in Tukes

  • persons with qualification in pest control
  • persons with a special qualification
  • companies providing pest control and the persons responsible.

Before commencing pest control

Products
The use of some pest control products requires a qualification.

Education and qualification
Education on pest control is organised by Salpaus Further Education

Notifying Tukes of the qualification
Submit notification with a form.

Registration
Tukes adds you or your company to the register it maintains.

Renewal
Obtain a new qualification and submit another notification to Tukes every 5 years.

Frequently asked questions

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