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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.

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
• Certificated Advanced Technician (CAT) in Pest Management  or equivalent
• 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