Pesticides & Rodent Control

Rodent Control on Farms

Gain an industry recognised certificate that has been a requirement from 2016 with our one-day rodent course.

Rodent control is a key job in many agricultural businesses.

But ensuring the management of rat and mouse problems is both humane and effective requires specific training.

That’s where our course comes in.

Our comprehensive training is ideal for anyone undertaking pest control in land-based or related industries.

It’s designed for both novice and more experienced operators.

The finer details:

This is an integrated training and assessment course.

You’ll receive a nationally-recognised certificate of competence once it is completed.

Our course involves a balanced mix of theory and practical sessions.

We’ll provide a full working knowledge of both preventative and curative control methods.

You’ll learn how to implement and monitor an appropriate control programme.

Assessing and using the most efficient and safe methods with due regard to the environment will be central to what you learn.

Key legislation and how to use, transport and safely dispose of rodenticides will also be covered.

Course sessions:

  • Legislation that affects pest management
  • Common terms for using biocides
  • Public health biocides product labels
  • Safe storage and transport of biocides
  • Disposal of biocides and containers
  • Keeping biocide records
  • Specific legislation and best practice for the management and control of rats and mice
  • Target pest species
  • Non-target species
  • Site surveys
  • Evaluate control options
  • Control programmes.

What will be covered?

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand your responsibilities under the law and help you become a safe and competent biocide user
  • Interpret and use product label information
  • Store and transport biocides safely
  • Dispose of biocides and containers safely
  • Record information correctly
  • Identify rats and mice and the typical symptoms of damage caused
  • Identify non-target species
  • Identify the degree and source of an infestation
  • State the legislative obligations and responsibilities relevant to the control of rats and mice
  • Describe the lifestyle, habits and habitats of rats and mice
  • Plan, implement and monitor an effective control programme for rats and mice
  • Select and carry out the most appropriate methods of rat and mouse control, in line with current legal guidelines and recognised good practice
  • Understand the effect rodent control can have on the environment and ensure risks to non-target animals are minimised.
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Responsible and Effective Control of Commensal Rodents

Gain an industry-recognised certificate in rodent control with our one-day course.

Commensal rodents are those that live in close proximity to humans.

In essence, the term refers to rats and mice.

Our course is designed for anyone new to, or wishing to develop their skills further in, rodent control.

You’ll learn about both the rodents and the biocides used in their control.

The finer details:

This is an integrated training and assessment course.

You’ll receive a certificate of training once it is completed. This is now a requirement for anyone wishing to work in pest control.

We’ll guide you through the key legislation and safety issues.

You’ll learn about the biology and behaviour of rodents.

Sessions on storage and transportation, disposal and control programmes will also be run.

Course sessions:

  • Legislation that affects pest management
  • Common terms for using biocides
  • Public health biocides product labels
  • Safe storage and transport of biocides
  • Disposal of biocides and containers
  • Keeping biocide records
  • Specific legislation and best practice for the management and control of rats and mice
  • Target pest species
  • Non-target species
  • Site surveys
  • Evaluate control options
  • Control programmes.

What will be covered?

Safe Use of Biocides

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand your responsibilities under the law and help you become a safe and competent biocide user
  • Interpret and use product label information
  • Store and transport biocides safely
  • Dispose of biocides and containers safely
  • Record information correctly.

Commensal Rodents

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify rats and mice and the typical symptoms of damage caused
  • Identify non-target species
  • Identify the degree and source of an infestation
  • State the legislative obligations and responsibilities relevant to the control of rats and mice
  • Describe the lifestyle, habits, and habitats of rats and mice
  • Plan, implement and monitor an effective control programme for rats and mice
  • Select and carry out the most appropriate methods of rat and mouse control, in line with current legal guidelines and recognised good practice
  • Understand the effect rodent control can have on the environment and ensure risks to non-target animals are minimised.
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Safe Use of Pesticides and Hand Held Applicators Refresher

Top up your knowledge of this key piece of equipment and how to use it safely and confidently with our dedicated one-day refresher course.

Pesticides are widely used across many land-based industries.

But they can be potentially harmful substances.

It’s essential they are handled, applied and stored correctly.

Our course will teach you to do just that.

It’s designed for anyone who uses hand-held applicators as part of their work.

It will help you refresh and develop your existing knowledge of health and safety legislation, enabling you to keep on using hand held equipment effectively.

The finer details:

Our engaging instructors will teach you the importance of staying up to date with any changes in legislation and best practice. 

We’ll refresh your existing knowledge of pesticide legislation and the key safety issues.

You’ll recap the basics of what the applicator is and what it can do. 

Field work will then be followed by a rundown of decontamination techniques.

Course sessions:

  • Basics of spray application
  • Hygiene and personal protective equipment
  • The working principles of a knapsack
  • Preparation of the applicator for work
  • Nozzles
  • Calibrating a knapsack
  • Mixing, filling and site work
  • Calibration – concentration method
  • Decontamination, tank washing, and storage.

What will be covered?

You’ll be building on your existing understanding of using hand held applicators for applying pesticide. Once you’ve finished this refresher, you’ll be able to:

  •  Understand your duties under the law and become a safe and competent pesticide user
  •  Understand what pesticides are and their ‘field of use’
  •  State legislation relevant to pesticide application
  •  Interpret and use label information
  •  Take the appropriate action to protect yourself and the environment
  •  Store and transport pesticides safely
  •  Dispose of the pesticides and containers safely
  •  Record information
  •  Identify and describe how hand held applicators work
  •  Identify and select nozzles for various applications
  •  Achieve the required spray quality
  •  Carry out pre-start checks
  •  Calibrate the applicator
  •  Mix and fill applicator accurately and safely
  •  Operate the applicator safely and efficiently in various situations
  •  Prevent environmental hazards
  •  Decontaminate and store equipment.
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Level 2 Award In the Safe Application of Pesticides using Vehicle Mounted Boom Sprayer Equipment (Safe Use Online)

Earn a nationally-recognised qualification to use pesticides safely.

Since 2015, anyone buying a pesticide authorised for professional use must obey a key legal requirement.

The law demands that the pesticide will be used either by the holder of a relevant certificate, or by a person working under the direct supervision of someone who holds one.

That’s where our qualification comes in.

It’s been developed in direct response to that legal requirement for pesticide use.

You’ll earn a recognised qualification that reflects the national standards for the type of role you perform.

The finer details:

Our qualification is available for learners aged 16+.

You’ll gain enhanced knowledge, skills and an understanding in the safe use and application of pesticides using vehicle-mounted boom sprayer equipment.

This qualification will provide you with the mandatory unit – Principles of the Safe Use and Application of Pesticides, which you’ll do online. 

It’s suitable for anyone new to the job.

It’s also perfect for people who have already established themselves in a pesticide-based role, or anyone working at technician/supervisory/management levels.

What will be covered?

The qualification will assess your knowledge, understanding and competence in:

  • The regulations regarding safe use of pesticides
  • Pesticide product information
  • Hazards and risks associated with pesticides
  • Personal safety when using relevant equipment
  • The measures to deal with pesticide poisoning
  • Safe working practices
  • The requirements for protected areas
  • Environmental risks and protection of wildlife
  • How to deal with incidents
  • Factors to consider when using pesticides with vehicle-mounted boom sprayer equipment.
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Safe Use of Pesticides Refresher

Refresh your skills and knowledge of using pesticides safely and confidently with our dedicated half-day course.

Pesticides are widely used in agriculture and horticulture.

But they can be potentially harmful substances, so a thorough appreciation of safe working practices is vital.

Our course is tailor-made for people responsible for the storage, handling, and application of pesticides.

It will help you refresh and develop your existing knowledge of health and safety legislation, enabling you to keep on working with pesticides effectively.

The finer details:

We’ll guide you through the key elements of using pesticides safely and with confidence.

You’ll learn about any changes or updates in key legislation, the importance of keeping and maintaining clear records and understanding any changes on product labels.

Safely storing, transporting and disposing of pesticides are also covered.

Important protection issues – for both you and the environment – form a major part of the course.

Course sessions:

  • Definitions
  • Consequences of not using or handling pesticides safely
  • Legislation that affects pesticides use
  • Pesticide product labels
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Safe storage and transport of pesticides
  • Environmental factors
  • Disposal of pesticides and containers
  • Dealing with accidents
  • Keeping pesticide records.

What will be covered?

By the end of the course, you’ll walk away feeling refreshed, having built upon on your existing knowledge. You’ll be able to:

  • Understand your duties under the law and help you become a safe and competent pesticide user
  • Understand what pesticides are and their ‘field of use’
  • State legislation relevant to pesticide application
  • Interpret and use label information
  • Take the appropriate action to protect yourself and the environment
  • Store and transport pesticides safely
  • Dispose of the pesticides and containers safely
  • Record information.
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