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Root cause analysis for pest technicians - online classroom

You've heard the phrase "root cause analysis", but what does it really mean and how can you make it work for you? 


It can be argued that in pest management, root cause analysis (RCA) is the most important element to achieving successful control of any pest species.

RCA is the process for investigating and establishing why a pest species is in the location that it has been reported. Finding the RCA will then increase, significantly, the effectiveness and efficiency of any pest management programme.



This course is designed for those technicians involved in the eradication and control of pests within urban and rural environments.

Upon completion of the half-day course, candidates will understand:

• What root cause analysis means
• The importance of root cause analysis
• For which key pest species root cause analysis is important
• Detail on each pest species and the associated, common root cause
• How to implement effective root cause analysis.

Level: Core
Delivery: Online/virtual classroom only
Duration: Half-day (9am-12.30pm)
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 attending should already be qualified to a minimum of Level Two Award in Pest Management (or equivalent) and have a working knowledge of pest control environments. 



Virtual classroom training by British Pest Control Association

This is a half-day virtual classroom course. 9am to 12.30pm.

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.

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 Root Cause Analysis for Pest Technicians.

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.