Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with the BPCA

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Do pest controllers need CPD?

In short, yes! CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development and refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work, beyond your initial training. CPD does not replace the need for learning, training or formal qualifications however it does prove an individual's commitment to best practice, professionalism and lifelong learning. CPD is a great way to stay up-to-date with legislation changes, best practice and key changes to your industry.

For full BPCA Servicing Membership, all staff involved in the eradication and control of pest species must be members of a recognised CPD scheme. For this BPCA, recommends the PROMPT Professional Pest Controllers Register run by BASIS. However, we also accept in-house CPD schemes if BPCA approves them.

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What is the BASIS PROMPT?

The BASIS PROMPT Pest Controllers Register is an industry-wide initiative which provides independent proof that a pest controller has received proper training and continued to update their expertise.

Being on the register means that professional pest technicians:

  • Can show they have received proper training
  • Have achieved the required level of competence to do their work to a professional standard
  • Have invested time in keeping their knowledge and skills up-to-date through regular CPD activities

The registration has to be renewed every year, so members of the register will always be aware of the most up-to-date legal obligations, techniques and products.

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What do you have to do to stay on the register and meet Servicing Criteria?

PROMPT requires full members to achieve 20 CPD points over a year (starting 1 January and ending 31 December). Earning 20 CPD points should take between 10 and 20 hours of qualifying activities, depending on the content and level of participation.

How do you get CPD points?

CPD doesn't necessarily require attendance on training courses: any activity that can be defined as personal development whether maintaining, improving or broadening the knowledge or skills necessary for the execution of your daily work could be allocated CPD points.

You can earn CPD points through a variety of opportunities and activities delivered by the BPCA, including:

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Attending our Regional Forums

They're completely free to visit for anyone from a member organisation or on our Affiliate scheme. The Regional Forums are an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals in your area, learn the latest happenings in your industry, meet some of the BPCA team and grab those all important CPD points. You even get a free breakfast out of it.

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Passing any of our free online CPD quizzes available

We have loads of quizzes available to take through our online learning portal to prove your continual learning. You can take them at any time, and all you need is an internet browser to participate. You can get free access to the online learning portal and CPD quizzes by signing up to the free BPCA Affiliate Scheme.

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Attending one of the many BPCA training programmes

All of our Technical and Plus programmes have CPD points available for those that attend (excluding exam only programmes). Training courses are a fantastic way to improve your knowledge, develop your career and top up the CPD points. BPCA training programmes are taught by industry experts and are available for all pest management professionals, regardless of where you are in your career.

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Visiting PestEx, PPC Live or any of our other specialist pest control events

We host an exhibition at least once a year. Anyone who attends either PestEx or PPC Live will get CPD points for walking through the door. There's also more points available when you attend a seminar or special demonstration. BPCA exhibitions are an excellent way to network, learn about new products and stay up-to-date with what's new in pest management.

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Reading Professional Pest Controller (PPC) Magazine

PPC Magazine is the voice of BPCA, and it's members. We pack it full of industry news, best practice features and practical advice for technicians and business owners. PPC Magazine is available to anyone registered on our free Affiliate Scheme.

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It's not just BPCA that offer CPD opportunities, many training organisations, distributors and other companies also offer the chance to earn CPD points through BPCA. See the full list of CPD events in the industry on the BASIS PROMPT website.