Virtual online classroom pest control courses from BPCA

Take a pest management training course from the comfort of your home, office or garden with BPCA's online classroom. All you need is a device and an internet connection and you can join our courses from anywhere in the world. 

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BPCA is delivering specialist pest control training via its new online classroom. 

Unlike webinars, virtual online classrooms mix a live speaker with interactions from learning on a far smaller scale. Strictly limited to 15 learners, you'll be able to ask questions, take polls and talk to other learners.

As in a classroom environment, you'll be encouraged to engage in discussions, share experiences and ask questions.

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Forgotten inverts: managing less common insect pests - online classroom

Looking to build on your existing knowledge of some of the more uncommonly encountered invertebrates?


Pest controllers are tasked with controlling a wide range of invertebrate pests, many of which are commonly dealt with.

Wasps, fleas, flies and bedbugs all have their own approach, and training for these pest species is readily available. But what about the rest; the invertebrates that pest controllers only occasionally deal with? 

The trainer will give you the knowledge needed to be confident in devising and implementing successful pest management plans for these less commonly encountered invertebrate pests.

The course will cover (but is not limited to): Woodlice, Myriapods, Spiders, Ants, Booklice, Crickets, Earwigs, Mites, Textile beetles, Textile moths and Silverfish.



The course will use a mix of presentation, breakout sessions and interactive discussions. By the end of the course you'll be able to:

• Build on your existing knowledge of invertebrates 
• Develop and hone some in field identification skills
• Review the biology and behaviours of several less commonly encountered pest species
• Learn to identify some non pest species that are frequently presented to pest controllers
• Review and develop Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plans including monitoring and control.

Level: Core
Delivery: Online/virtual classroom only
Duration: 1 day (9.30am-4.30pm)
Additional Study: None
Assessment: None
BPCA Registered CPD Points: 6
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 insect control within pest control environments. 



Virtual classroom training by British Pest Control Association

This is a one-day virtual classroom course. 9.30am to 4.30pm.

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.

There will be regular breaks throughout the day including lunch. 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 Forgotten inverts: managing less common insect pests.

If you are on BPCA Registered you will earn 6 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 £114 £95
Non-members £138 £115

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.



Paul Westgate BPCA Tutor

Paul Westgate is Managing Director at Veritas Pest Consultancy. He has over 12 years of experience in delivering high-end pest control solutions mainly in the demanding food manufacturing and multiple retail sectors.  His skills and experience within the sector have enabled him to deliver multiple services to the sector including servicing, auditing and training.