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New to Pest Control?

Pest control can be a complicated industry in which to get started. Usually a second career for most, it can be a discover what is needed to become a professional. 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.
  • Inspect customer premises on a routine schedule and report on the status of premises on levels of pest infestation.
  • Organise and undertake a programme of treatments using pest control equipment or chemicals to control and eliminate target pests.
  • Report 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. 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, then if anyone apllying pesticides will need to be able to demonstrate that they are adequately training and competent. The industry standard recognised entry level qualification being the RSPH/BPCA Level 2 Award in Pest Management.

As well being an accredited exam and training centre for the RSPH/BPCA Level 2 Award in Pest Management, BPCA also runs a variety of other training courses to help you get started in the industry, these include:

We also deliver training courses that enable you to specialise in specific pest control areas, such as urban bird control, fumigation and heat treatments to name a few.

Find out more about all our training courses


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.

Find out about specialist pest control insurance.


Looking for a job

If you fancy working for someone before taking the plunge to start your own business, 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


Want to know more about starting out in pest control?

Download our "Starting Out in Pest Control" leaflet