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:
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?
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 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:
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 Live, PEST magazine and also for answering technical questionaires (see https://www.pestmagazine.co.uk/en/pest-test - 2 CPD points).
- 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?
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.
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?
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
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?
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This information was compiled by Christophe Izart and Fergus Reynolds, NPTA-Ireland Representatives.
Requirement for Pest Controllers to hold a valid licence (PMU) by 01/01/2018
2) Change in Product Labels:
3) How to Become a "Trained Professional User"?
- IPCA Diploma in Pest Management
- RSPH/BPCA Level 2 Award/Certificate in Pest Management
- CRRU Wildlife Aware Course (current register can be consulted here: http://www.iasis.ie/PestContro
- Lantra Award Trained Professional User - Pest Management Services (not available yet)
- Other qualifications (these will be evaluated on a case by case basis)
4) Continuous Professional Development
5) Implication of the New Labels
6) More Information