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Pest Control Technician Profile

Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Pest Control Technician. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Pest Control Technician
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Pest Control Technician Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

A pest control technician identifies potential vermin: birds, rabbits, rats, grey squirrels, foxes, mice and various insects. They control or eliminate the pests or vermin using a range of methods, equipment and chemicals.

Paying visits to clients on farms, in homes, factories, sewers and warehouses plays an important part of the role to inspect areas for evidence of pests. Duties include:

  • taking samples for analysis
  • testing water drains for faults
  • giving advice on suitable methods of control such as preventive measures, fumigation, shooting, laying bait, setting traps, or using poisons and pesticides
  • taking agreed action to control or eliminate the pests
  • making recommendations on protecting buildings against further infestation.


For legal and health and safety reasons, it is vital to have a working knowledge of relevant laws in order to follow the correct procedures for handling and storing poisonous chemicals, and keeping appropriate records. Collection and disposal of any pests that have been killed or trapped must also be done in accordance with regulations.
Some pest control technicians treat woodworm and other infestations using insecticides or fungicides. Surfaces will be cleaned and prepared before applying chemicals. A pest control technician may specialise in one particular area of work.

Hours and Environment

Hours are usually 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Occasionally there may be a requirement for overtime.

The work involves travelling to customers premises or sites, and frequently involves working outdoors in all weathers.

Protective clothing such as overalls, gloves and facemasks may have to be worn. Working conditions are often in awkward and confined spaces, and sometimes at heights.

Skills and Interests

To be a pest control technician you should be:

  • interested in science
  • physically fit with good eyesight
  • free from asthma and allergies
  • practical and not squeamish
  • literate and numerate in order to measure and calculate amounts of materials
  • responsible in attitude to health and safety and care of the environment
  • able to communicate with people on all levels.


Entry

Although there are no minimum educational requirements, most employers look for a good standard of general education. GCSEs (A-E)/S grades (1-5) in English, maths and science are useful.

You will need to have a driving licence. Most companies prefer candidates who are at least 25 for insurance reasons.

Relevant experience may assist entrance, eg experience in the building trade, which could be useful if applying for a job concerned with woodworm or for controlling pests infesting buildings.

Training

Your training will usually be provided by your employer and will be on-the-job with experienced staff. The training may be combined with attending courses run by the British Pest Control Association (BPCA), the National Pest Technician''s Association (NPTA), or courses which lead to a qualification awarded by the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (RSH).

The BPCA offers a range of courses that cover all aspects of the work of a pest control technician, including a two-part BPCA Diploma. In order to supervise fumigation operations, you will need to have the BPCA Certificate of Proficiency for Fumigation Technicians.

The NPTA offers a range of training courses including those aimed at advanced technician/supervisor level.

The RSH offers the Level 2 Certificate in Pest Control.

The British Wood Preserving and Damp-Proofing Association (BWPDA) has a certificate scheme concerned with the treatment of woodworm.

There are two relevant NVQs/SVQs; at Level 2 there is Pest Control, and at Level 3 there is Pest Control Supervision.

Opportunities

Pest control technicians can be employed by a local authority, a private company, or be self-employed.

Working for a local authority would involve dealing with outbreaks of public health pests including rats, mice, and insects. The work may have a seasonal aspect, e.g. the removal of wasps nests.

Work for a private firm could involve a specialism in a particular role, such as woodworm, industrial, or agricultural work.

There are employment opportunities throughout the country. With experience and improved skills, promotion to supervisor or manager level may be possible.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

New entrants earn around £11,000 to £12,000.
Experienced technicians earn £15,000 or more.
Supervisors or managers may earn £16,500 or more.

Basic pay may be supplemented by shift allowances and overtime payments.

Further information

The British Pest Control Association (BPCA)
1 Ground Floor
Gleneagles House
Vernon Gate
Derby
DE1 1UP
Tel: 01332 294288
www.bpca.org.uk

The Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (RSH)
38A St Georges Drive
London
SW1 4BH
Tel: 020 7630 0121
www.rsph.org

National Pest Technicians Association (NPTA)
NPTA House
Hall Lane
Kinoulton
Nottingham
NG12 3EF
Tel: 01949 81133
www.npta.org.uk

British Wood Preserving and Damp-Proofing Association (BWPDA)
1 Gleneagles House
Vernon Gate
Derby
DE1 1UP
Tel: 01332 225100
www.bwpda.co.uk

Other Useful Pest Control Technician Work Information

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