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Certificated Field Biologist

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Field Biologists are vital within food sites. This exam is for technicians working in the food manufacturing industry who wish to develop their skills and become Field Biologists.

The UK Government has advised against all unnecessary gatherings to help slow the spread of Covid 19. In response to this, BPCA has taken the decision to postpone all open training courses and examinations to the end of May 2020.

 Our first priority to keep everyone safe, including our visitors and staff. We’ll be rescheduling training and examinations when we’re advised by the UK Government it is safe to do so. If you have training exam requirements that are business critical please contact BPCA to discuss further.

 BPCA technical and business support is still available to all BPCA members. Members are encouraged to contact our team for support if they need it.

 If you’re worried about recording CPD points, take a look at our free webinars and our CPD quizzes, which can be taken online. Alternatively, if you’re on BPCA Registered, you can record unstructured CPD points for activities like reading articles, watching videos, personal research and technical discussions over the phone.

 As you will appreciate, the situation is very fluid and these timescales could be extended as further measures are announced. We will, of course, keep you updated regularly.


To understand what it means to be a Field Biologist, you may wish to attend the one day course Becoming a Field Biologist programme to learn about this role.



Before taking this exam, you must meet certain criteria (see Prerequisites).

You require experience of multiple sites within the food industry. Your portfolio must include a minimum of 5 typed inspection reports, produced by you, from at least 3 different sites. Your reports should show different types of visit, different types of site and should follow a typical report format eg initial report details - date, location, site type, report type, introduction, observations, findings, recommendations, priorities, conclusions and summary. Any information that might identify a customer should be removed from these reports.

• Food manufacturing facilities
• Wet and dry pet-food manufacturers
• Animal husbandry units
• Food warehouses and distribution centres
• Hospitals, prisons, universities and similar large public and private sector institution
• Cook-chill catering units
• Large hotels or large food retail outlets

To pass the Certificated Field Biologist exam you need to take a 3.5-hour exam, split into two sections:

1. ID section – 45 Minutes
2. Written exam questions – 2 hour 45 minutes - two scenarios and 15 questions

Level: Higher
Delivery: Exam only
3.5 hours
Written exam

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

Plus+ Programmes

• Training Skills
• Level 4 Food Safety
• Management Programme



To take the exam you must have (or equivalent):

• Level 2 in Pest Management
• Level 2 Award in Health and Safety
• Level 3 Award in Food Safety
• Advanced Technician in Pest Management
• Membership of a recognised CPD scheme
• 2 years practical pest control experience in a range of sites (written declaration from a manager)
• A minimum of 5 Field Biologist style site inspection reports from a range of sites produced by the candidate

You must also be aged 16 or over to take this exam.




Exam-only programme

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



The course fee includes morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch.

Full exam

  Including VAT Excluding VAT
Members £366 £305
Non-members £498 £415


Unit 1 resit

  Including VAT Excluding VAT
Members £192 £160
Non-members £252 £210

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




    For more information contact BPCA: or 01332 225 113