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Advanced Technician in Pest Management

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So you have successfully achieved the RSPH Level 2 Award in Pest Management, you have some experience and you are now wondering what’s next?

A widely recognised and admired qualification within the pest control industry to achieve is the Advanced Technician in Pest Management.

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Overview

This certification tests your knowledge, your ability to think quickly and your experience and knowledge as an all-around Pest Control Technician.

To achieve the Advanced Technician in Pest Management programme:

You will be tested on your knowledge of different types of site you might survey, what to look for when carrying out a risk assessment and how to complete one, your ability to ID a wide range of invertebrates, vertebrates, evidence and equipment and your ability to share with an examiner what you understand in relation to legislation, stewardship, waste and everything else to ensure satisfied customers and safe pest management.

Upon completion of this programme, you will receive a BPCA certificate of completion.

Level: Advanced
Prerequisites: Level 2 in Pest Management, 16+
Delivery: Exam only
Duration: 2-hours
Additional Study: Moderate
Assessment: Case study, Risk assessment, ID section, Oral exam

To take this qualification you must be a Pest Technician with around 2 year's experience and have passed the RSPH Level 2 in Pest Management.

After completing the Advanced Technician in Pest Management programme, you may wish to study:

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Technical Programmes

Technical Programmes

• Becoming a Field Biologist
• Becoming a Technical Inspector

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Plus+ Programmes

Plus+ Programmes

• Level 2 Health and Safety
• Level 3 Food Safety

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Delivery

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Exam-only programme

There is no course or online learning provided with this programme.

We recommend you study the Insect Identification Programme and the Completing Risk Assessments programme to help you with the exam. 

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Assessments

You will have four tests to pass:

1. A case study (25-minutes)
2. A risk assessment (15-minutes)
3. An identification (ID) test 
4. An oral exam (up to 1-hour)

Section 1: Case Study

To achieve this Section a candidate must:
Survey a site, select appropriate controls and complete a treatment report by being able to:
• Identify a range of issues relating to vertebrate and invertebrate pests
• Identify health and safety risks on a site
• Decide and describe the most suitable non-chemical control measures for a given infestation
• Decide and describe the most suitable chemical control measures for a given infestation
• Detail any pesticides required, including the formulations, active ingredients and concentration
• Make recommendations, concerning hygiene, housekeeping or proofing.

Section 2: Risk Assessment

To achieve this Section a candidate must:
Produce a detailed risk assessment by being able to:
• Identify risks for a given site
• Indicate who may be affected by these risks
• Provide details of the controls for the identified risks

Section 3: Identification

To achieve this Section a candidate must:
• Identify a set of 50 specimens. The specimens are a combination of invertebrate and vertebrate pests, dropping, equipment and damage.

Section 4: VIVA (oral exam)

To achieve this Section a candidate must:
• Confidently describe to an examiner the rationale behind their answers to the case study and risk assessment
• Respond to questions about pest control activity
• Explain risk hierarchy, waste and health and safety

Exam candidates must achieve 65% to pass each section. If a candidate fails only one section, they can re-take the failed section. If they fail the re-taken section, they have failed the whole exam. Candidates who fail 2 or more sections have failed and must re-take the whole exam.

Recommended Reading

British Pest Management Manual

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Fees 

  Including VAT Excluding VAT
Members £294 £245
Non-members £396 £330 


Resit (1 unit):

  Including VAT Excluding VAT
Members £84 £70
Non-members £108 £90 

Please note: Exam candidates must achieve 65% to pass each section. If a candidate fails only one section, they can re-take the failed sections. If they fail the re-taken section, they have failed the whole exam. Candidates who fail 2 or more sections have failed and must re-take the whole exam. 

 

Cancellation Terms:

Exam Cancellations will only be accepted on receipt of written instruction and are effective from the date received by the BPCA.

• More than 15 working days prior to exam: No charge 
• 15 working days or less: 100% of fee

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What our learners say

We are proud of the fact that our ... technicians do well and that this is recognised by ... the Charles Keeble Award.

Grahame Turner, Technical Manager, Pest Control

As a company it is an excellent bench mark to show us that our training is strong and pitched at the correct level.

David Cross, Head of Technical Training Academy, Rentokil Pest Control

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    For more information contact BPCA:

    training@bpca.org.uk or 01332 225 113