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."
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: the Lantra "Level 3 Award in Pest Management Services - Trained Professional User". It is a 5-day course divided onto 3 modules and 3 examinations, including a practical assessment and multiple choice exam.
Topics covered include:
- 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
Where can I get trained to obtain a PMU number?
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
Am I allowed to work before I receive my Pest Control Qualification?
The DAFM can give a conditional 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
Is my 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) scheme recognised by the DAFM. There are only two recognised CPD schemes in Ireland at present:
- Basis Prompt and
For more information about registering with BASIS Prompt and getting CPD points click here: How to Register with BASIS Prompt pest control CPD Scheme?