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In this section:

1) Why is formal pest control training mandatory in Ireland?

2) What is required to obtain a licence (PMU number)?

3) Where to get training for the pest control licence in Ireland (PMU)?

4) Can a trainee work without pest control licence (PMU)?

5) How to apply for a pest control licence (PMU)?

6) Is a PMU (licence) valid indefinitely?

7) Who has a pest control licence in Ireland?

8) 2019 CPD - CPE training courses schedule


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.

Topics covered include:pest control training qualification ireland lantra

  • 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:

Next Lantra Level 3 PMU Course


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:

New-Entrants-Rules-for-Trainee-PMUs.pdf


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.

Apply for a PMU Number here.  


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:

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:

Enquire/Register with BASIS Prompt pest control CPD Scheme


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.

To check the current PMU registers Click Here.


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:

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I don't have a PMU number...

If you carry out rodent control commercially after 01/01/2018 and do not have a PMU number you must register with the Department of Agriculture ASAP to ensure you operate legally​. Please check full details on this link: The Licencing of Irish Pest Controllers From 01/01/2018

I have a PMU number...

If you have registered with the DAFM - PRCD as a "Trained Professional User" and received you licence number (PMU number), you must be aware that the Terms and Conditions specified that in order to keep your registration you must be a member of a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) scheme: "2) I will participate in the required Continuous Professional Education (CPE) to maintain valid registration. In the event of failing to maintain CPE, I accept that my name may be removed from the register of Pest Management - Trained Professional Users."

BASIS Prompt CPD scheme has been validated by DAFM-PRCD on 06/12/2017.

The article below will explain

1) What is CPD?

2) What is the BASIS Prompt CPD scheme?

3) Who can join BASIS Prompt?​

4) What are the costs of joining BASIS Prompt?

5) How the ​Prompt CPD points system works?

6) Practical examples on earning CPD points

7) How to join BASIS Prompt as a Trainee?

8) How to join BASIS Prompt as a Trainer (event organiser)?

9) BASIS Prompt Links

10) Questions & Answers (FAQ)

11) Comments

1) What is CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. It refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work, beyond any initial training. It's a record of what you experience, learn and then apply.
Continuing professional development is important because it ensures you continue to be competent in your profession. It is an ongoing process and continues throughout a professional’s career.

2) What is the BASIS Prompt CPD scheme?basis prompt card

  • BASIS Prompt is the oldest and most established pest control CPE scheme available in UK and Ireland, with over 4000 members.
  • Since it was setup in 1978, BASIS is independent and has become the foremost authority in training, certification, auditing and standard setting across a range of industries in the UK. It currently provides the majority of CRRU Wildlife Aware accreditation.
  • BASIS Prompt is supported by all pest control regulatory and Trade Associations in the UK including the HSE, BPCA, NPTA, NPTA Ireland, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS), Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH)

​3) Who can join BASIS Prompt?​

  • BASIS Prompt membership is restricted to qualified pest control operators.
  • Up to 2017, accepted qualifications where BPCA Diploma and RSPH/BPCA Level 2 Award/Certificate in Pest Control/Management.
  • In 2017, NPTA Ireland secured recognition of the IPCA Diploma as well.
  • NPTA Ireland is currently finalising negociations with BASIS Prompt so that in early 2018 PMU number registration will also be accepted for joining the scheme.

4) What are the costs of joining BASIS Prompt?

Please note that BASIS is a registered charity (No. 1077006). The costs cover printing of your Certificate, your ID card, and the administration of the CPD points you earned.

  • There is an initial registration cost of £10 + VAT per applicant
  • The annual renewal fee is £30 + VAT.
  • Members of the BPCA and NPTA Ireland get a discounted fee of £25 + VAT
  • Discounts are also available for companies employing a number of Pest Controllers and for Local Authorities.
  • Applicants who undertake training for the RSPH Level 2 in Pest Control examination will qualify automatically for entry onto the register free of charge in the year that they pass their examination and will not need to pay a membership fee for the rest of that year.
  • You can join BASIS Prompt by completing the online

5) ​How the ​Prompt CPD points system works?

  • Members of  BASIS Prompt are required to obtain a minimum of 20 ​CPD​ points annually​ ​starting 1 January.
  • 20 CPD points should take between 10 and 20 hours of qualifying activities, depending on the content and level of participation.​
  • These points cannot be carried forward from one registration​ year to another​.​​
  • The annual points requirement must be achieved from a wide range of subject matters, and in particular: pest biology, personal development, application practice, environmental awareness, pesticide technology, changes in legislation, health & Safety.
  • ​Indication of the points allocation can be seen on the below table:

BASIS Prompt CPD points allocation

​6) Practical examples on earning CPD points​:​

  • Formal Training: The one-day CRRU Wildlife Aware course carries 10 CPD Points. ​The RSPH Level 2 Award in Pest Management  carries 30 CPD points.​
  • Training Days: The NPTA Ireland training day organised on 18/05/2017 earned ​​6 CPD points to each participant staying for the full day  ​(9:00am - 15:45). ​​ ​Similarly​, the BPCA Regional Forum in Naas​, Co. Kildare on 09/02/2017 earned 4 CPD points​.​ Note that every year both NPTA and BPCA organise 1 training day / forum in the Republic (usually Dublin or Portlaoise), and 1 day in Belfast. This represent an opportunity to send members of your staff at different times/venues.
  • Reading/Studying: The pest magazines are to the industry what scientific papers are to scholars. All new developments in technology, pest resistance, legislation, practice are communicated in the magazines continuously by scientists and industry experts. To be ahead of the game it is essential for pest controllers to read about new developments. Since reading pest magazines is time spent in education, 2 CPD points can be earned for suscribing to NPTA Today’s Technician magazine, PPC LivePEST magazine and also for answering technical questionaires (see https://www.pestmagazine.co.uk/en/pest-test - 2 CPD points).

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  • Practical training sessions: Some CPD points can be earned for in-house-training. To see if something qualifies, just contact the PROMPT team (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • Online Training: The BPCA offers a number of training videos and materials free-of-charge to its members. You can register online for a (free) "Affiliate Membership" (visit: https://bpca.org.uk/membership/affiliate-scheme)
  • Exhibitions: such as PestEx, PPC Live, and NPTA PestTech​ - 2 to 4 CPD points.
  • Trade Association Membership: As Trade associations provide you with newsletters, magazines, technical meetings, etc. BASIS Prompt will allocate 2 CPD points for being member of BPCA, NPTA, NPTA Ireland.

7) How to join BASIS Prompt as a Trainee?

If you are interested in joining the BASIS PROMPT register, you can download and complete the PDF application form by Clicking Here, or sign up online by Clicking Here.

8) How to join BASIS Prompt as a Trainer (event organiser)?

If you already have a personal or Company account with BASIS PROMPT and would like to offer CPD training, you can apply to BASIS PROMPT to become a "event organiser". This will allow you to submit your training programme online and get credits for it.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be set up as an online event organiser. Once you are setup you can login directly by Clicking Here.

9)  BASIS Prompt Links

    ​General BASIS Prompt CPD scheme information: https://basis-prompt.co.uk/about-prompt

    ​Requirements to join and maintain Membership of the BASIS PROMPT Register: Guidance-Notes.pdf

10) Questions & Answers (FAQ)

How long does the application process take?

If a fully completed application form is received, with a photograph, then the process should take no longer than five working days after receipt. Application forms, qualifications and photos can be submitted by either post or email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Once registered, can I access my training record on-line?

Yes. You will need your current email address and Professional Register account number (200.......) to login at https://basis-prompt.co.uk/member-login where you can request a copy of your training record. The record will be emailed to you within a minute of your request.

How do I register my CPD points and can somebody else do it for me?

Points should be registered automatically for qualifying events by event organisers, so make sure you always sign the attendance lists or have your PROMPT Membership card scanned. Your points log
builds over the year and can be viewed at any time so there is no need to keep your own training and CPD log. However you may want to keep a list so that you can check that all your points have been allocated to you.

I haven't got access to a computer or the Internet. Can I still be a member?

Yes. However, in order to maintain or obtain your CPD record, you will need to ring the PROMPT Register team who will be happy to assist. Most local libraries have Internet services which anyone can
use, or maybe your employer can help with access.

l have just accessed my training record online and not all the points l have earned are there. What do I do?

If some events are missing from your record then print a copy and write on the events which are missing. Return the amended training record to the Professional Register team who will amend your
record to include the missing events or, alternatively, email the Professional Register team with the details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What is the minimum number of hours I'm required to complete?

You  are  required  to  obtain  a  minimum  number  of CPD  points  per  annum,  which  may  take  up  to  20 hours  of  qualifying  activities  depending  on  content and  level  of  participation.  Many  members  gain  in excess  of  20  points  each  year  and  are  clearly benefiting from this additional CPD. Remember an event  does  not  have  to  be  an  expensive  training course.   It   could   be   an   internal   team   meeting, company regional meeting, supplier day, attendance at an exhibition, an update from your own technical reading and/or research.

I have recorded more points than I need for the year. Can the surplus be carried forward?

Unfortunately the scheme does not allow CPD points to be carried forward. The purpose of CPD is to record current training and learning  activities, however, account will be taken of fluctuations in CPD  activity from one year to the next depending on the individual's record and circumstances.

I've not managed to get my points total this year. Will my membership be cancelled?

No. The PROMPT team make every effort to determine reasons for any shortfall. Where there are good reasons these can be taken into account. Many customers ask me for ID.

Can the PROMPT Register help and what does it mean to the customer?

The PROMPT ID card demonstrates that members have the up-to-date knowledge and skills to perform their duties and employers/clients can be assured that a PROMPT Register member is recognised as being suitably qualified with the relevant knowledge to carry out his/her work in a professional and efficient manner.

I've lost my ID card. Can I get a replacement?

Yes. Please contact the PROMPT team at BASIS to arrange for a replacement.

My employer won't pay the PROMPT Subscription. Can I still join personally?

Yes.  PROMPT Membership is for individuals and, although many employers pay employees' registration fees, there is no reason why individuals can't pay for themselves.

My company holds weekly team briefings. Does this count towards CPD and how is it registered?

Yes. Team briefings can be awarded CPD status. They need to be registered by the employer as CPD events. Points will then be assigned and processed in the normal way. The employer will simply need to submit an attendance list following the meeting for the individual's records to be automatically update.

How can I get the CPD points I need?

There are many ways to take part in CPD including in-house-training, visiting exhibitions such as PestEx, PPC Live, PestTech, conferences, technical updates, etc. Most manufacturers and distributors have CPD available in a variety of forms, including online and paper tests. To see if something qualifies, just contact the PROMPT team: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

11) Comments

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This information was compiled by Christophe Izart and Fergus Reynolds, NPTA-Ireland Representatives.

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Requirement for Pest Controllers to hold a valid licence (PMU) by 01/01/2018

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1) Overview

Following recent changes in professional product labels under EU Biocidal Products Regulations, the Pesticide Registration and Control Divisions (PRCD) of the Department of Agriculture ​(DAFM) as notified that ​​all pest controllers must register with the Department and obtain a PMU number ​by 31/12/2017 ​in order to ​buy or ​use these products.
In effect, pest control operators buying or using professional products after January 1st 2018 without a valid licence number (PMU) will be operating illegally.
Upon application acceptance, pest controllers receive a “Pest Management Trained Professional Users number”, e.g. PMU000001. This registration number can use for ID cards or clients documentation. The PRCD are also preparing a list of all registered Trained Professional Users which will be available to the public on their website very soon. Therefore ​​​​customers will be able to check the registration of their pest control operative online.
In addition, it is necessary for professional pest controllers to be member of a Continuous Professional Development (CPD or CPE) scheme in order do keep their licence. CPD programmes are already in place in many EU States for professional pest controllers and are essential for application of "Best Practice".

2) Change in Product Labels:

In the last 2 years, NPTA-Ireland board members have attended a number of industry meetings introducing some important changes in the legislation concerning pest control operators in the republic, mainly derived from the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive.
The main change is the new labels for the professional biocides (e.g. rat and mice poisons), which will refer to PCOs as "Trained Professional Users" (TPU).

3) ​​​​How to Become a "Trained Professional User"?

In order to register as a TPU​  and get a "Pest Management User" (PMU) number​, the PRCD ​is provid​ing an online application form on their website​:
​To complete the form pest controllers will have to enter personal details including relevant qualifications completed, i.e.:
Until the Lantra course is available it will be mandatory to hold the CRRU Wildlife Aware course + one of the other major qualifications (e.g. RSPH, IPCA, BPCA diploma, etc.). Evidence of these qualifications may be provided subsequently.
UPDATE 08/10/2018: The "Lantra Level 3 Award in Pest Management Services - Trained Professional User" is now available. Further details here: http://www.lantra.co.uk/awards/product/level-3-award-pest-management-services-trained-professional-user

​​​​4) Continuous Professional Development

CPD training provides Pest Management Trained Professional User the opportunity to keep abreast of changes that affect the industry and allows them the opportunity to adapt practice in a planned and structured manner.
This is why Professional Users must participate in the required Continuous Professional Development /Eductation (CPD/CPE) to maintain their PMU registration. In the event of failing to maintain CPD, the individual will have his/her name removed from the PRCD register. Basis Prompt and IASIS are both providing a CPD scheme at present.
For more information on BASIS Prompt CPD scheme and how to register, Click Here.

5) Implication of the New Labels

From 01/01/2018, any individual using biocides without being a registered TPU will be in direct breach of the biocide label and will be committing an offence.
Offences can be traced long after the pest control intervention has occurred (paper trail) and it is therefore essential to be registered to operate professionally.
Customers also have a responsibility in checking that they are using suitable contractors.
It is likely that next NPTA-Ireland membership will require PMU number for all operating pest controllers.

6) More Information

A Symposium will be held by PRCD on 7th December 2017 during which additional information on the new arrangements will be discussed.  Further details are provided at:  http://www.pcs.agriculture.gov.ie/biocides/changestouseofanticoagulantrodenticides/industrysymposiumonrodenticideregulationtraining/
CRRU Ireland are offering a series of additional Wildlife Aware courses during October and November to facilitate the completion of registration by persons that wish to register but have not yet obtained the CRRU-IASIS Wildlife Aware Certificate.  Places on one of these additional courses can be reserved via this link:

7) Comments

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This information was compiled by Christophe Izart and Fergus Reynolds, NPTA-Ireland Representatives.

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