"Advanced Technician" in Pest Management

Please be advised Limited Places Available!


Module-1 The IPM provision of Pest Management Services

Module 2- Management and Control of Vertebrate Pests

Module 3-Management and Control of Invertebrate Pests

DUBLIN Starting 21st May

We are hosting an Advanced Technician/Technical Inspector in Pest Control Qualification in Ireland.

Teaching will be based on Irish legislation NOT UK based legislation.

(3 Month Programme)

For those Experienced Technicians Looking to Reach the next level in their career.

Pre requisite is LANTRA Level 3 Trained Professional User OR IPCA/RSPH Level 2 Award in Pest Management

Training & Exam Dates 2019:  Dublin - Tallaght Business Centre

Module 1 (On Site)

Tuesday 21st May

Wednesday 22nd May

Module 1 Exam   (2.5 hrs)

Wednesday 30th May (Exam)

​Assignment Pre Brief 30th May 2019

Module 2

Assignment submission by early July 2019.

Module 3

Assignment submission by end of August 2019.

Expert Training includes:

Learning resources (provided at no extra cost)

 Morning Tea/Coffee

 Light lunch

Afternoon refreshments



Non Members £695 (All IN)


More about the course HERE


Ficam D has been re-authorised in Europe but with a lot of new restrictions that will affect the way we treat wasp nests and limit its use indoors.

Pest controllers are going to be surprised to find that there are now important changes to the label covering the variety of insects covered, and also the methodology of use for the popular insecticide dust, Ficam D.

If you are not familiar with the new label for Ireland you can download it HERE.

Please be aware that Ficam D can only be used for ants, wasps and hornets, and indoors only!

If you need to use insecticide dust for underground nests or nests in shrubs or trees, we are now stocking 2 alternative products in handy puffer packs:

  •     Doff Ant & Crawling Insects Killer. 300g. 0.5% Permethrin PCS:94677. For the Control of Ants, Cockroaches, Earwigs, Woodlice and Other Crawling Insects in the Home and the Garden.
  •     Rentokil Ant & Crawling insects. 300g. Puffer pack. Permethrin 0.49% PCS:97461. Kills ants, woodlice, cockroaches and other crawling insects.


As you may be aware, we are offering a completely Free EFK Tubes and small batteries Recycling  Service for a number of years. Just call in during our opening hoiur.

Following enquiries from small operators and after consulting with the DAFM-PRCD, we are now starting  a collection scheme for spent rodenticide and insecticide, using our own EPA licensed facility for hazardous waste disposal.

In order to recover some of the running costs of the operation, we will charge €3.00/Kg of pesticide waste (+VAT13.5%). A receipt / certificate of transfer of control will be issued upon receipt of the waste.

Please Note:

  • We only collect Rodenticides and Insecticides
  • Insecticides must be kept in their original container. 
  • Spilled liquids insecticides or contaminated materials cannot be accepted
  • Rodenticides must be segregated in clear plastic bags (can be purchased in Lidl or Aldi).
  • Only 1 Rodenticide Brand can be put in each bag, so we can accurately weight and give a detailed receipt for PRCD inspections

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webinar on burrow baiting
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22 May 2019 | 12:30-13:30

Burrow baiting is a technique used by professional pest controllers to reduce/eliminate neophobia to bait containers when controlling rodents.

During the webinar, we will be looking at the benefits of this method of pest management alongside the justification and mitigation measures that should be considered.

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This online webinar is completely free and open to anyone on the BPCA Affiliate Scheme.

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Speaker: Natalie Bungay, Field Officer, BPCA

Natalie has 16 years of pest control experience. She has been a technician in the South East of England, supervisor/manager in a local authority and now provides technical and compliance support for BPCA members and BPCA customers.

Terms and conditions

By booking onto this webinar, you are agreeing to the booking terms and conditions and our Privacy Policy. Learners will be enrolled on the free BPCA Affiliate Scheme in order to get access to our online learning centre and CPD materials.

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20th March 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Owl Pest Control Ltd.

This anniversary is an important milestone for this company as we look back on our accomplishments. Owl Pest Control Ltd are continually investing in new training for our dedicated staff and we continue to celebrate long term business relationships with our valued customers.

The excellence of our employees and their highly skilled work regularly receives positive feedback from our customers, who value our service.

Owl Pest Control continue to deliver quality service including consultations, surveys, comprehensive advice, pest treatments and installation of pest control programmes. We are constantly striving to update our operating procedures to ensure quality for the best customer experience. We have fully embraced the sectors progress, embracing licensing and new legislations set in place for all Pest Control Operators & selecting only the very best of solutions available to meet our customers needs.

Along with this, we have for six years operated our pest control trade counter which resulted in us moving to a bigger premises with a warehouse. 

Our warmest thanks to all of our customers, employees and business partners.

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:

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:

19/04/2018: NPTA On The Road training day. Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Thursday 19th April 2018, 08:30-15:30. 

Book your place now:


For more details please visit:

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: 

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:

05/12/2018: BPCA Regional Forum - Northern Ireland 

Full agenda and exact location (Probably Belfast) coming soon – Register now to receive updates: 

2) NPTA-Ireland News:

NPTA Ireland s

  • From 1st April 2018, it will be mandatory to hold a valid PMU number to renew your NPTA-Ireland subscription (Eire only).  
  • If you would like to have your company details searchable on the NPTA website, please make sure you complete the attached form (NPTA-Online-website-details-Agreement.doc) and return it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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
  • 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:

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:

NPTA Ireland s

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 - 2 CPD points).

                PPC magazine sample issue    Todays technician magazine

  • 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:
  • 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:

    ​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 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

You can leave a comment or observation in the box below.

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:

​​​​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:
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

You can leave a comment or observation in the box below.

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

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The Grain Weevil - Sitophilus granarius


The adult weevil are small (2.5-4mm) and brown. They are very noticeable with their long snout and elbowed antennae. The elytra are unmarked and the chest has oval punctures. It cannot fly as the wings are too small.

Life cycle:

The Grain Weevil is triving in high humidity and temperatures (optimum temperature is 30 º C). They live for about one year. Under ideal conditions the development from egg to adult takes 25 days, but on average it takes around 2 months.

Larvae develop hidden inside the grain. Usually there is no external sign of infestation until after about a month when the grown weevil chews through the seed shell to get out. Females lay eggs after 2 weeks and in total this represent 150 to 300 eggs.

Commodities infested:

As the name indicates the Grain Weevil is a very common pest in stored grain. In Northern Ireland a survey showed that 12% of local farms were affected. The weevil is usually found in wheat, barley, rye, oats, corn, and also rice. It can also be found in pasta and flour. In houses infestations usually arise from bird seeds.

If you notice grain weevil activity in your house you should inspect your food presses immediately and discard the dammaged items.


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