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. 

From January 2019 BPCA Members will be eligible to use BPCA Registered, the Associations own individual recognition scheme which includes CPD. Members do not have to use this scheme, they can use a recognised alternative programme, including an internal system.

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What is BPCA Registered?

BPCA Registered is the Association's individual recognition scheme that independently recognises the commitment member employees make to ongoing professional development. 

The register allows technical and non-technical staff to achieve, maintain and improve their knowledge, skills and behaviours. BPCA Registered is evidence of an individual's qualifications and CPD activities to customers and employers.

BPCA Registered is a transparent CPD framework which uses traditional structured and alternative unstructured CPD activities.

Traditional structured CPD activities include accredited and non-accredited training courses, on-line CPD quizzes and seminar attendance at events, whereas unstructured CPD incorporates reflective practice into activities such as informal on the job training, non-technical reading, and technical telephone support.

A BPCA Registered Technician: 

  • Can demonstrate they hold the minimum qualifications required for a BPCA member company
  • Has achieved the required CPD learning hours for a BPCA member company
  • Is ensuring they keep up to date with the latest legislation, processes and practices in the pest control sector.

Other categories available on BPCA Registered include Affiliate and Trainee. These categories are not BPCA Registered Technicians.

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What do you have to do to stay a BPCA Registered Technician and meet Servicing Criteria?

BPCA Registered Technicians are required to meet a minimum of 20 learning hours across 3 mandatory subject areas; health and safety, pest control and practical application. Where appropriate there are also optional subject areas for those who need to demonstrate specialist knowledge (see table below).  

Table 1: BPCA Registered learning hours matrix

    Mandatory  Role Appropriate (choose one)   
Category Total Environ/ H&S Pest Management Practical Application Rodent Control Bird Control Fumigation Heat Treatment
Affiliate 20 2-5 10-15 2-5 0-6 0-6 0-6 0-6
Trainee 20 2-5 10-15 2-5 0-6 0-6 0-6 0-6
Technician 20 2-5 10-15 2-5 0-6 0-6 0-6 0-6

A technician must engage in the required hours of learning in the relevant categories, reaching a total of 20 hours, to renew their entry onto the scheme each year and ultimately ensure their employer maintains BPCA membership criteria.

Once minimum hours have been reached across all relevant categories, the Association will be notified and the professional will maintain their place on the Register for another 12 months, however this shouldn't prevent Registered Technicians continuing to engage in professional development opportunities.

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How do you get CPD hours?

CPD isn't a reflection of attendance on training courses or regional meetings: 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 incorporated into your CPD record.

You can earn CPD hours through a variety of opportunities and activities delivered by BPCA, and other providers including:

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Attending Regional Events

BPCA Regional Forums are completely free to visit for anyone from a member organisation or on our Affiliate scheme. The events 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 represents a key opportunity to attain those all important CPD learning hours. You even get a free breakfast out of it.

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Register for a Regional Forum

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 training programmes

Most industry training programmes have CPD hours available (this does not include exams). Training courses are a fantastic way to improve your knowledge, develop your career and add qualifications to your BPCA Registered Qualification record through a traditional, structured route. 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 other specialist pest control events

We host an exhibition at least once a year. BPCA Registered employees that attend either PestEx or PPC Live will be able to claim CPD hours for seminars, special demonstrations and other related activities. 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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Register for an event

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Reading Professional Pest Control Magazines

The Pest Management industry has a number of publications, all of which represent routes to attain CPD hours. PPC Magazine is the voice of BPCA, and its 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, and each issue includes a CPD quiz, which once completed, will be added to your BPCA Registered CPD record.

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Remember, It's not just BPCA that offer CPD opportunities, many training organisations, distributors and other companies also offer the chance to earn CPD hours. If you're a BPCA Registered Affiliate, Trainee or Technician, learn about all the CPD activities coming up soon in your members area (not currently live).