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20 July 2015

New online platform has string of benefits for pest control industry and beyond

PEST controllers can now join an industry-leading professional register at the touch of a button. The new-look BASIS PROMPT website features a facility for technicians to sign up online.
And managing director Rob Simpson is confident the move will go down well within the industry.

He said: "We've made the process of joining BASIS PROMPT much easier at a stroke, both for companies within the industry and individuals.

"Rather than filling in forms, qualified technicians can now simply log on to our website and get the application process moving much more quickly.

"They can also pay on line and upload a photograph for their membership card.

"It's something people have been asking for, so we're delighted to be able to provide the service as part of our new website. We think it will be of huge benefit." The user-friendly platform, which went live for the first time earlier this month, will create a string of other benefits both for the pest control industry and members of the public.

Mr Simpson added: "The new site looks a lot better and cleaner than the old one, but it's also more intuitive, more interactive and easier to navigate.

"Members are now able to keep track of their CPD activity, both for the year and throughout their career. And they can print off the details or email a report.

"We're also looking into the potential addition of a digital ID card, which could be scanned at events such as PestEx or PestTech to register CPD points automatically.

"Members can edit their personal details and upload new photos."

A new ‘Find a Professional' facility will have tangible benefits both for pest technicians and members of the public.
Homeowners and businesses suffering pest issues can click an area on a map to bring up a list of members in their locality.

Mr Simpson added: "Because those listed are members of the register, people who use the site can be sure the job will be done properly.

"We have strict criteria which ensure each of our members has received proper training and has continued to update their expertise through Continuing Professional Development.

"So by contacting a controller through our new website, people will be assured of a safe, effective and legal treatment.

"Hopefully, that will help to bring in more business for our members, but we do need more people to sign the data protection form - otherwise their name won't appear on the map."

The website is good news for organisers of pest control events too, with functionality which will soon include an app with the ability to scan barcodes. The list of attendees will then be sent direct to email or uploaded into a central database - creating quick and accurate information which will cut down on paperwork and reduce time spent on administration.

The new website also contains details about the BASIS PROMPT register and features a resource library along with links to key trade associations.

Go to http://basis-reg.co.uk/Schemes/PROMPT

Source: BPCA.org.uk

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