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:
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