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   DATE: 2 November 2005   AUTHOR: Christine Selden
     
 

Two new pest control qualifications have been launched by the British Pest Control Association which focus on providing a quality standard for the food industry.  The Certificated Field Biologist and the Certificated Technical Inspector qualifications are designed to meet the needs of the food manufacturing industry that may need a more complex service than that provided under a normal servicing contract.

The Certificated Field Biologist qualification is aimed at senior technicians who provide a service to the food manufacturing industry and who may not hold a degree but have all the knowledge and experience required to carry out the required site inspections competently.  To obtain the qualification candidates will:

• hold the BPC Diploma Part II or NVQ in Pest Control (or equivalent qualification),
• have two years practical experience in a wide and diverse range of food industry sites,
• hold the Intermediate Food Hygiene Certificate,
• be registered on the PROMPT Continuous Professional Development scheme,
• hold the IOSH Safety Passport,
• present a Logbook / portfolio demonstrating practical experience in relevant inspection work,
• Sit the Field Biologist examination

The Certificated Technical Inspector qualification is aimed at senior technicians who provide a service to clients in the food industry but not to the extent provided by a Field Biologist.  To gain the qualification candidates will:

• Hold the BPC Diploma Part II or NVQ in Pest Control (or equivalent qualification)
• Have two years practical experience in a range of food industry sites
• Hold the Basic Food Hygiene Certificate
• Be registered on the PROMPT Continuous Professional Development scheme
• Hold the IOSH Safety Passport
• Present a signed letter from the candidate’s manager or business owner that they have sufficient experience to undertake this work.

The first examinations for the Field Biologist examination will be held in April 2006.  For further information and a syllabus for this qualification and details for obtaining the Technical


Inspector qualification, contact Michael Bromley on 0870 609 2687 or via email: mab@bpca.org.uk


02 November 2005

For further press information contact:

Christine Selden, PR Manager
British Pest Control Association
1 Gleneagles House
Vernon Gate
Derby DE1 1UP

Tel: 01332 225114
Fax: 01332 295904
Email: Christine@bpca.org.uk

 

   
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