In this section:
1) Why is formal pest control training mandatory in Ireland?
The EU Biocide Directive has brought a lot of changes for Pest Control Companies in 2018, all driven by increased restrictions on the use of Professional rodenticides (i.e. rat and mice poison).
In effect, from 01/01/2018 all pest control operators or other individuals buying or using professional rodenticides must hold a valid licence or "PMU number". This legal requirement is clearly indicated on the new rodenticide product labels, as illustrated below on the first paragraph of the new Vertox Oktablock II rodenticide label:
"Not for sale to the general public or any person other than trained professionals. Trained professional users must register with DAFM as a “Trained Professional - Pest Management Professional” (PMU) and must present their PMU No. at point of sale to purchase this product for use only as specified on the label."
2) What is required to obtain a licence (PMU number)?
The only qualification accepted by the DAFM (Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine) is an Ofqual Level 3 course in pest management. Currently the Lantra "Level 3 Award in Pest Management Services - Trained Professional User" is the only course available. It is a 5-day course divided onto 3 modules and 3 examinations, including a practical assessment and multiple choice exam.
- Biology and Control of Invertebrate Pests
- Biology and Control of Rodent Pests
- Biology and Control of other Vertebrate Pests
- Practical Skills for the Management of Invertebrate and Vertebrate Pests
Once the qualification is obtained, trainees can apply to the DAFM for a PMU number, and then purchase biocides and work without restriction.
3) Where to get training for the pest control licence in Ireland (PMU)?
Owl Pest Control has been facilitating independant training for the Level 3 Award in Pest Management Services course directly at our office training rooms, in small groups of 10-15 trainees. Three courses have been run in 2018: July, September, and November.
To enquire about the next date/venue for this course or to register click on this link:
4) Can a trainee work without pest control licence (PMU)?
The DAFM can give a Temporary PMU number to new entrants to the pest control industry for a period of up to 9 months. This is in order to allow time for "on the job" training and completion of the Lantra course. There are a number of rules / restrictions with the temporary PMU number:
- The trainee must work under direct supervision of a licensed trainer (PMU for 2+ years) for a period of 2 weeks;
- A trainning plan must be submitted to the DAFM, including training records and proof of registration to an upcoming Lantra Level 3 course;
- The trainee can only carry out repeat visits and cannot conduct site assessments until registered as a full PMU;
- The trainee must observe a PMU carry out method/technique applications of biocidal products and then carry out a minimum of 4 treatments himself under direct supervision in order to carry out repeat visits on his/her own
For full details on rules and record keeping requirements click here:
5) How to apply for a pest control licence (PMU)?
After Pest Control trainees pass their exams and receives a training certificate from Lantra, they can finally register and apply for a PMU Number with the DAFM Pesticide Registration and Control Division (PRCD). The application is made by filling out a form online.
6) Is a PMU (licence) valid indefinitely?
No. As for many other industries, in order to keep your licence you must partake in a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) or "Continuous Professional Education" (CPE) pest control scheme recognised by the DAFM. There are only two recognised Pest Control CPD schemes in Ireland at present:
- BASIS PROMPT and
IASIS pest control CPD scheme is very new (created in 2018). BASIS PROMPT is a much more established scheme (Est. 1978) with over 4,000 members between UK and Ireland. It has the benefits of a wide range of CPD materials (exhibitions, online and classroom training, magazines, forums, etc.) and several full-time staff members to run it.
For more information about BASIS PROMPT, how to register and get CPD points click here:
7) Who has a pest control licence in Ireland?
The DAFM Pesticide Registration and Control Division (PRCD) maintains a register of all Trainee PMUs and fully Registered PMUs. The licensed Pest Controllers lists are updated and published every few months directly on the DAFM website.
8) 2019 CPD - CPE training courses schedule
We will be posting all Pest Control CPD-CPE courses coming up in this section. If you are a course provider, please contact us so we can add your details:
1) Upcoming events:
14/03/2018 PPC Live 2018:
PPC Live is the sister show to PestEx, and is BPCA's exhibition and conference designed for UK pest control technicians, managers and company owners. This event will be held on Wednesday 14 March 2018 at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Worcestershire.
PPC Live is one of the UK's most popular one-day pest control events. With free visitor entry and a seminar and practical programme that is unrivaled by any other event in the UK. PPC Live brings the whole sector under one roof to share and learn from each other to make a stronger, safer pest control industry.
For more details and to register visit: https://bpca.org.uk/Upcoming-Events/ppc-live-2018/4335?OccId=6555
18/04/2018: NPTA On The Road in Northern Ireland – Belfast. Belfast. April 18:
NPTA On The Road Days are organised as an opportunity for you to keep up to date with the latest legislation changes, product innovations, best practice and to encourage networking with those involved in the pest control industry. Aimed at business owners, manager and technicians, our On The Road Days are open to all. An ideal opportunity to gain vital CPD points, update your training and enjoy a satisfying two course hot lunch – and for Members, the events are FREE to attend.Non members are very welcome to attend at a small charge of £25 + VAT.
Book your place now: http://npta.org.uk/training-and-events/npta-on-the-road-in-northern-ireland-belfast/
19/04/2018: NPTA On The Road training day. Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Thursday 19th April 2018, 08:30-15:30.
20/04/2018: IPCA AGM in Portloaise (EXACT DATE & AGENDA TO BE CONFIRMED SOON):
For more details please visit: http://www.ipca.ie
25/04/2018: BPCA Regional Forum - Ashbourne, Co. Meath:
The Fourth stop on the BPCA Regional Forum 2018 road trip will be Ireland, on Wednesday 25 April and is kindly sponsored by Pelsis. BPCA organise events around the country to bring together everyone with an interest in professional pest control, including technicians, business owners, manufacturers and distributors and industry experts.
Venue: Pillo Hotel Ashbourne, The Rath, Ashbourne, Co. Meath, Ireland
Stay in the loop with the latest news, products and industry changes, Hear talks from expert speakers, Network with like-minded professionals, Get those all-important CPD points, Breakfast included – bacon rolls and refreshments are available for all attendees.
These events are a fantastic opportunity to network with like-minded professionals in your area, as well as to learn something new about your trade from some of the most interesting speakers in the sector.
There’s always a few members of the BPCA staff team on hand to answer any questions you have about membership, training, events, technical queries or BPCA in general.
Full agenda coming soon – Register now to receive updates: https://bpca.org.uk/regional-forum-register
07/05/2018: BPCA Level 2 Award Pest Management Training +Exam. Ashbourne.
Starting Monday 7th May 2018 until the 14th May, at the Pillo Hotel in Ashbourne. Event capacity is strictly limited.
For more details or to book a place visit: https://www.pestni.com/booking
05/12/2018: BPCA Regional Forum - Northern Ireland
Full agenda and exact location (Probably Belfast) coming soon – Register now to receive updates: https://bpca.org.uk/regional-forum-register
2) NPTA-Ireland News:
- From 1st April 2018, it will be mandatory to hold a valid PMU number to renew your NPTA-Ireland subscription (Eire only).
3) Getting your licence (PMU number) - New staff
- The DAFM is currently working on training rules so trainees can receive a temporary licence (PMU number) for a grace period to allow for training and completion of qualification. Details will be circulated shortly.
- Until July 2018, pest controllers can apply for a full PMU number providing they have completed the CRRU Wildlife aware course AND the RSPH/BPCA Level 2 Award in Pest Management (or IPCA diploma). Level 2 Award in Pest Management is now provided in the Republic by PestNI Training. To enquire or book a place visit https://www.pestni.com/
- After July (or before), PestNI training will also offer the new Ofqual Level 3 Lantra course required by the DAFM for anyone registering as a PMU after 1st July 2018.
- NPTA-Ireland is currently negotiating group bookings arrangements and discounts for NPTA members.
4) CPD (Continuous Professional Development) training:
As you know, PMU-registered staff must also be part of a CPD/CPE scheme in order to keep their licence. There are currently two schemes accepted in Ireland: The IASIS scheme and the BASIS PROMPT scheme.
A number of events can give you points for BASIS PROMPT including NPTA and BPCA regional forums (see 2018 dates above), in-house training, magazines, etc. For more details about the scheme and to register you can visit: https://www.owlpestcontrol.ie/blog-news/itemlist/tag/CPD%20scheme
If you would like to participate in classroom CPD training, you can check the attached brochure (Expanded course details_Feb2018) or contact Vero Agri-Pest Services
for upcoming courses: http://www.veropest.com/education.html