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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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PMU Registration

Keep your PMU contact details up to date. PMU Number is assigned to an individual not a company; please make sure your phone number and email address are current to receive relevant information. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any updates to contact information on the PRS.

Deadline for registration with Ofqual Level 2 qualification

After the 1st July 2018, only applicants with an Ofqual Level 3 qualification in pest management can register to receive a PMU No.

If you have a Level 2 Ofqual or equivalent qualification, applications must be submitted by the 30th June 2018. Failure to submit a complete application by the 30th June will result in rejection of the application and a requirement to complete an Ofqual Level 3 qualification to receive your PMU No.

DAFM called each person with incomplete applications to providing information on the final CRRU WA course organised before the July deadline to allow them register.

Continuous Professional Education (CPE) requirements for 2018

All PMUs must sign up to a CPE scheme and complete the required number of credits for that scheme each calendar year. CPE is a mandatory requirement for PMUs to maintain their listing on the register as a Pest Management Trained Professional User. CPE points for 2018 must be submitted to DAFM in 2019. Currently, there are two approved CPE providers:

Note: CPE is exempted in the year of qualification. PMUs that have completed Ofqual Level 2 or 3 qualifications in 2018 are exempt from CPE in 2018 only. These PMUs must satisfy CPE requirements from 2019 onwards. Exempt Training courses in 2018 include:

  • IPCA diploma in Pest Management, RSPH level 2 Award in Pest Management
    or equivalent course
  • Lantra level 3 Award in Pest Management, or equivalent
  • Rodent Pest Management – Trained Professional (own use only)

How to register courses for CPE points.

All PMUs should carefully read the documentation for their CPE Scheme. Each scheme identifies the number of points awarded for different activities. If a company is holding in-house training or a
meeting etc. that qualifies for CPE, they should apply for CPE points prior to holding the event. Training providers, trade associations and others holding educational events should register the event in advance to allow attendees receive CPE points. Details on how to apply for points is found in the links below:

Level 3 Award in Pest Management – Trained Professional User

The new Irish specific training course Level 3 Award in Pest Management – Trained Professional User is now available. The first course was held in May 2018. Details of the course providers can be found on the Lantra website: https://www.lantra.co.uk/awards/product/level-3-award-pest-management-services-trained-professional-userservices-trained-professional-user

PLEASE NOTE – It is important that employers work with new trainee PMUs to prepare them for this course. Employers should be covering the theory behind the practical elements of the work to help prepare the new trainees for the exam. This course is of a higher standard and the trainees as part of their mentoring programme will need to prepare in advance of taking the course by reading up on the topics and speaking with colleagues.

Trained Professional Users (PMU) Register

The Register of Pest Management – Trained Professional Users (PMU) is available on the DAFM website, it is updated periodically. Please check:
http://www.pcs.agriculture.gov.ie/registers/pestmanagementtrainedprofessionaluserspmusregister/. The registered pest control technicians on this list are approved to purchase and use biocidal products as a trained professional user in accordance with the instructions specified on the product labels.

For more information please visit the DAFM website:

http://www.pcs.agriculture.gov.ie/biocides/

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

NPTA Ireland s

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:

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

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