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New to Pest Control?

New to the pest control industry?

The pest control industry is a fascinating industry. Often entered as a second career for many, it can sometimes be difficult to discover what is needed to get started and become a professional pest controller. Luckily, BPCA is here to help.

What does a pest controller do?

Pest control technicians identify, control and eliminate pests or vermin.

This will involve:

  • Advising customers on preventative measures and suitable methods of control.
  • Inspecting customer premises on a routine schedule and reporting on the status of premises on levels of pest infestation.
  • Organising and undertaking a programme of treatments using pest control equipment or chemicals to control and eliminate target pests.
  • Reporting on all inspections undertaken, detailing the programme of treatments and chemicals used on the premises to maintain health and safety.


What training do I need?

We recommend you have a basic knowledge in pest control before joining the industry. You can learn about the basics by studying the Foundation Certificate in Pest Management.

If you are going to work for another company then in most cases training and formal qualifications will be provided through your employer. However If you're looking to start out on your own, and will be involved in the application of  pesticides, you will need to be able to demonstrate that you and your employees are adequately trained and competent in order to buy and use professional grade products and equipment.

The industry standard recognised entry level qualification is the General Pest Control (GPC) - Level 2 Pest Management. This provides the theorectical underpinning knowledge needed to carry out pest control.  In addtion to this course, you would benefit from attending the practical courses for trapping and insecticide application.

As well being an accredited exam and training centre for the General Pest Control (GPC) - Level 2 Pest Management, BPCA also runs a variety of other training courses to help you get started in the industry, these include:

We deliver training courses that enable you to specialise in specific pest control areas, such as Bird Management, Fumigation and Bed Bugs to name a few.

Find out more about all our training programmes and the BPCA Training Pathway.


Starting your own business?

Through our Probationary Scheme, we can help your business set up properly from day one. We can give you access to a variety of technical and business support, discounts on our training courses, and personal one-to-one advice designed to get your company into profit while doing the job right.

The British Pest Control Association is committed to developing an industry filled with professional companies who are up-to-date on all the aspects of doing the job right. It's important to note BPCA is entirely independent, and we're not trying to sell you particular products or services - our support is given to make you a professional, not make you a customer.

Find out more about the Probationary Scheme.


Pest Control Insurance

If you're setting up your own pest control company, then you'll need to ensure you are fully insured before you do any work.

Our insurance partner Bradshaw Bennett, understand the industry and can provide tailored insurance to suit the risks you face. They have been arranging specialist insurance for pest control businesses for over 30 years.

Their insurance expertise is coupled with a commitment to providing you with the best level of service. Bradshaw Bennett understand working in the pest control industry is a diverse job in which you can face different situations. Working with chemicals and firearms means that you can face a unique set of risks, and even in the best regulated companies accidents do happen. So it's important to know that your insurance will protect you, your employees and your business.

Find out more about specialist pest control insurance through Bradshaw Bennett.


Looking for a job

If you're looking to work for someone as opposed to starting out on your own, then we'd recommend you try looking at the BPCA jobs board.

With new jobs added every day you'll be sure to find the right one for you.

Search for your ideal job.