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:
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:
- IASIS http://www.iasis.ie/PestControl/PMUTrainedProUser.aspx
- Basis Prompt https://basis-prompt.co.uk/member-login?returnurl=%2ftrainer
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:
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