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Becoming a Field Biologist

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A competent Field Biologist will provide technical expertise, manage customers, provide service appraisals and help ensure compliance.

This one-day course would suit anyone who is looking to move into a Field Biologist position or is already undertaking the role and wishes to refresh their existing knowledge.

We offer this course as a hybrid training course which means you can either:

  • Attend a classroom course at our BPCA Academy in Yarnfield, Staffordshire
  • Join the training remotely from your home or office.

Attending this course will provide you with an understanding of what a Field Biologist does and what is needed to take the Certificated Field Biologist exam.



Upon successful completion of the course, you will have gained an understanding of:

1. What makes a good Field Biologist
2. The importance of good customer service and communication skills
3. The technical aspects of health and safety
4. Inspection techniques
5. Trend analysis
6. Auditing standards
7. Auditing pest control systems
8. Presenting findings
9. Developing action plans
10. Identifying sales opportunities.

As a progression from this training you may choose to sit the BPCA Certificated Field Biologist assessment.

Level: Advanced
Prerequisites: None
Delivery: Online classroom
Duration: 1 day
Assessment: None
BPCA Registered CPD points: 10.5 
CPD: 8

To be a Certificated Field Biologist, you will need to be a Pest Technician or Technical Inspector with at least 2 year's experience, have passed the Level 2 in Pest Management and completed the Advanced Technical in Pest Management or Certificated Advanced Technician programme. 

After completing the Becoming a Field Biologist programme, you may wish to study:


Technical Programmes

Technical Programmes

• Certificated Field Biologist 


Plus+ Programmes

Plus+ Programmes

• Level 3 Award in Food Safety
• Level 2 Award in Health and Safety




Classroom Delivery

This training is offered as a hybrid training course, giving you the choice to either:

  • Attend in person at our BPCA Academy in Yarnfield, Staffordshire
  • Attend remotely via a Zoom link.

The course runs from 9.00am to 4.30pm and will use a mix of presentations and interactive sessions.

Learners who attend the training at the BPCA Academy will be provided with lunch and refreshments as part of the course cost. Learners who attend remotely will be given the same breaks but will need to provide their own refreshments.

Learners who attend remotely will be provided with a link and instructions on how to join the training. To take part remotely you will need:

  • A computer, laptop or tablet
  • An internet connection.

Smartphones will also work, however the session is not optimised for very small screens. For those attending remotely, you will need to have your camera and microphone activated during the training course.

All learners will have access to the course tutor for any questions or enquiries during the training.




There is no assessment for this course. 

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

After this programme, you may choose to take the Certificated Field Biologist exam.




Classroom training (BPCA Academy, Yarnfield)

  Including VAT Excluding VAT
Members £186 £155
Non-members £204 £170


Online classroom training (zoom)

  Including VAT Excluding VAT
Members £114 £95
Non-members £138 £115


Cancellation Terms:

Course 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 Course: No charge 
• 15 working days or less: 100% of fee



Paul Westgate BPCA Tutor

Paul Westgate is Managing Director at Veritas Pest Consultancy Ltd. He has over 12 years of experience in delivering high-end pest control solutions mainly in the demanding food manufacturing and multiple retail sectors. His skills and experience within the sector have enabled him to deliver multiple services to the sector including servicing, auditing and training. 





    For more information contact BPCA: or 01332 225 113