Third-party CPD Resources for Pest Professionals

BPCA has put together a range of free resources that can be recorded as valuable CPD for this year.

These resources include free online learning activities, video recording and reading materials that you may find useful.

Record your CPD on BPCA Registered

  1. Once you have accessed the resource, log into your BPCA Registered CPD account and click on “Add CPD Points
  2. Complete the submission form, using the calculation 1 point per hour, eg if it takes you 2 hours to complete the activity you can claim 2 points.
  3. Complete the reflection section demonstrating how the resource has supported your development
  4. Submit the document and your points will show on your account immediately.

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Free online learning resources

Make It Click

Provider: Good Things Foundation

Level: Introductory

Approximate study time: Bite-sized resources from a few minutes to a few hours

Description: Tools and resources to help you build skills for using social media, email or make working from home easier. Learn to use applications like Word, PowerPoint and Excel and know how to stay safe online. Improve your digital skills for things like creating a CV, running a webinar or using online services.

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Learn for Everyday Life

Provider: Lloyds Bank

Level: Introductory

Approximate study time: Bite-sized lessons from a few minutes to a few hours

Build your own course with a selection of lessons on a variety of digital skills from how to master video calling, dealing with online fraud, presenting yourself online, improving your CV and working with others safely online.

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Everyday Maths

Provider: OpenLearn

Level: Introductory

Approximate study time: 48 hours

Refresh your maths skills to help with everyday life or get on in your job. From using a calculator, learning to convert fractions to decimals and understanding percentages, to measuring objects, distances and weights. Understand how to use tables, diagrams and charts. You'll get lots of practice using the maths you need in daily life.

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Create a Professional Online Presence

Provider: FutureLearn

Level: Intermediate

Approximate study time: 4 hours in total over 2 weeks

Explore how to present yourself professionally online. Find out more about different social media platforms and how the way that you conduct yourself online can impact your professional reputation. Learn about safety and privacy and the ways that your online activity might be viewed by different audiences.

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Thriving in the Digital Workplace

Provider: FutureLearn

Level: Intermediate

Approximate study time: 6 weeks

Boost your confidence and build the skills you need to use digital technology in the workplace. Explore jobs that need digital skills through real life case studies. Get to know what digital skills you're most likely to need in the future to stay one step ahead and develop techniques to enhance wellbeing and resilience at work.

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How to Create Great Online Content

Provider: FutureLearn

Level: Intermediate

Approximate study time: 4 hours in total over 2 weeks

Find out about different types of online content and what makes them effective in different situations. Discover the importance of tone, style and format in your communications, and develop best practice for communicating effectively online.

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Presenting Your Work with Impact

Provider: FutureLearn

Level: Intermediate

Approximate study time: 4 hours in total over 2 weeks

Learn to create and present engaging content clearly and confidently in a range of situations, like in interviews and business meetings. Explore different types of presentation software and learn techniques to convey your ideas with confidence.

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Digital Skills: Social Media (for business)

Provider: FutureLearn

Level: Intermediate

Approximate study time: 2 hours in total over 2 weeks

A course for those wanting to use social media effectively to develop their entrepreneurial skills, to enter the workplace or to change career. Learn how to use social media to establish and improve your brand, set campaign objectives and identify your target audience. Create engaging content and discover the best places to pitch it.

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Fundamentals of Digital Marketing

Provider: Google Digital Garage

Level: Advanced

Approximate study time: 40 hours

Learn how to market goods or services online through a series of short video tutorials and knowledge quizzes. The course covers topics like creating a website and getting it known, marketing your business locally and internationally and advertising using social media. There are modules covering how to sell online as well as how to analyse the success of your marketing plan.

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Introduction to Cyber Security: Stay Safe Online

Provider: OpenLearn

Level: Advanced

Approximate study time: 24 hours

Learn how to stay safe online at home and at work. The course will help you to recognise cyber threats and the steps to take to reduce your risks online. Find out about malware, viruses, trojans, network security, cryptography, identity theft and risk management.

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An Introduction to Infection Prevention and Control

Published by:  Virtual College

Everyone has a part to play when it comes to infection prevention and control. Ensuring you know the most effective ways you can stop the spread of viruses could help reduce the risk of infection in your workplace.

With the recent outbreak of the coronavirus it’s more important than ever to understand the most effective ways you can help prevent the spread of infection in your workplace. 

This free training course will introduce learners to the most effective methods to help prevent viruses spreading.

This course will focus on how to effectively wash your hands and why this is so important in infection control.

Learners will also be able to understand the importance of recognising if they're fit to work or if they could pose a risk of infection to others by going into work.

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Working Remotely

Instructor: Mike Gutman
Published by: LinkedinLearning
Released: 30 October 2018

A look at how to use today's cloud-based communication and collaboration tools to get work done from anywhere while remaining connected to your organisation. Watch this course to learn how to work productively, when and where you want, and achieve the freedom and flexibility you need for a more balanced life.  

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Working from Home

Instructor: Dave Crenshaw
Published by: Linkedin Learning
Released: 7 February 2018

Working from home is a wonderful opportunity, but time management can be a challenge. With so many demands on your time and attention, it's a tricky balancing act to stay productive.

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Building Resilience

Instructor: Tatiana Kolovou
Published by: Linkedin Learning
Released: 15 October 2014

Everyone wants to perform well when the pressure's on, but a lot of us withdraw in times of stress or adversity. If you can build your resilience, you'll have an easier time facing new challenges and earn a valuable skill to offer employers.

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Managing Virtual Teams

Instructor: Phil Gold
Published by: Linkedin Learning
Released: 15 May 2019

This course provides managers with a clear approach for getting the most out of their remote teams focussing on the key factors that will ensure productivity, engagement, and growth, as well as a manager’s role in building trust, removing roadblocks, nurturing connections with team members, and setting clear goals.

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Videos and webinars

Man Vs Mosquito

Published by: BBC World Service
Last shown:
24 February 2020

Mosquitos are a fast-adapting, elusive enemy which humans have been trying to combat for thousands of years. As vectors of dangerous diseases, these tiny insects have killed more people in human history than any other animal. So what impact has the mosquito had on our lives? How have humans tried to halt its spread? And who is winning the battle?

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Re-engineering Mosquitos to fight disease

Instructor: Haydn Perry
Released: November 2012

In a single year, there are 200-300 million cases of malaria and 50-100 million cases of dengue fever worldwide. So: Why haven't we found a way to effectively kill mosquitos yet? Hadyn Parry presents a fascinating solution: genetically engineering male mosquitos to make them sterile, and releasing the insects into the wild, to cut down on disease-carrying species.

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Webinar: Understanding the UK Government help for businesses

SAGE is delivering a 30-minute webinar aimed at helping you to understand what financial help is available from the UK Government and how to access it.

Register through the link below.

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Reading materials

Urban pest book

Published: Various 
Last updated: Various

Pest guides from the Chartered Insitute of Environmental Health.

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Think Wildlife Downloads

Published: Various 
Last updated: 2019

Documents created and published by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Usage (CRRU). 

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COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

Published: 25 February 2020
Last updated: 24 March 2020

Public Health England and the Department for Business, Energy & Insubstantial strategy have provided a range of guidance aimed at assisting employers and businesses during this pandemic.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for employers and employees

ACAS have published HR guidance for employers aimed at answering question relating payroll, working from home, social distancing requirements, absence from work etc.

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Coronavirus: Government financial support for self-employed workers

Published by: Sage
Author: Keir Thomas-Bryant

A five minute read on the support available if you are self-employed.

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Coronavirus: How to Stay Safe

Produced by: Microsoft

Description: An e-book from Microsoft providing information on how to stay safe during the current pandemic.

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