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Fundamentals of Insect Biology - Online Classroom

If you're new to the sector, give your insect pest knowledge a leg up ahead of taking your Level 2 Award in Pest Management.


This course is aimed at people who are planning to undertake the RSPH Level 2 Invertebrate Module, and wish to prepare their knowledge of insect biology and behaviours.



The course will cover the main insect pest species that pest technicians are most likely to encounter.

The course will use a mix of presentation, breakout sessions and interactive discussions. 

Upon completion of this half-day course you will:

Be able to identify of a range of common public health insect pests including bed bugs, social insects, biting and crawling insects
Understand the driving factors behind insect behaviour and biology in relation to pest management.

Level: Foundation
Delivery: Online/virtual classroom only
Duration: Half-day (9.30am - 1pm)
Additional Study: None
Assessment: None
BPCA Registered CPD Points: 3.5
Basis Prompt points: TBC

While not mandatory, we advise that to get the most out of this course, delegates follow up by taking the Level Two Award in Pest Management (or equivalent).



Virtual classroom training by British Pest Control Association

This is a half-day virtual classroom course, 9.30pm to 1pm.

The course will use a mix of presentations and interactive sessions.

The course will be delivered as an online classroom training course using the Zoom platform.  As in a classroom environment, candidates will be encouraged to engage in discussions, share experiences and ask questions.

There will be regular breaks throughout the day. Please take advantage of these breaks to move away from your device and move around a little as this will help you maintain focus throughout the day.

To take part in the session you will need:

• Computer, laptop or tablet
• Internet connection.

Please note: Smartphones will work, however the session is not optimised for very small screens.

Slides from the training will NOT be available so please ensure that you have pens and paper to enable you to take your own notes.




There is no assessment for this course.

Upon completion of this course, you will receive a BPCA Certificate of Completion in Fundamentals of Insect Biology.

If you are on BPCA Registered you will earn 3.5 CPD points for completing the course.

If you are on Basis Prompt, you will receive TBC CPD points for completing the course.



The online course fee includes access to the course and all handouts. 


  Including VAT Excluding VAT
Members £66 £55
Non-members £84 £70

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.




Alex Wade has a scientific background and is highly regarded throughout the industry for his detailed knowledge of biology and animal behaviour.

His areas of expertise include biology, toxicology (specifically around rodenticides and insecticides) and general research and development.