RSPH Announces New Qualifications in Pest Management
7 October 2010
Following extensive consultation with the pest control industry, RSPH is pleased to announce that the following qualifications have received their accreditation from Ofqual, the regulatory body for qualifications, and can now be offered by approved centres:
Level 2 Award in Pest Management
Level 2 Certificate in Pest Management
Level 3 Diploma in Pest Management
The RSPH has amended and developed its pest control qualification portfolio in response to changes in the government regulations regarding accredited qualifications. The Level 2 qualifications have been developed in partnership with the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) and are supported and endorsed by the National Pest Technicians Association (NPTA). In addition to BPCA and NPTA, RSPH involved major employers in the development of its pest control qualifications to ensure that they are fit for purpose and meet industry needs.
Following advice from the industry, RSPH have decided to use the term ‘pest management’ rather than ‘pest control’ as this is a better reflection of the role of today’s industry.
Qualifications Development Manager, Dr Richard Burton, says ‘We are very proud of our new qualifications and feel that from working closely with BPCA, NPTA and major employers, they have been developed with great relevance to the pest control industry and its practitioners.’
The Level 2 Award is designed to provide a good grounding in pest control for anyone involved in the field. The Level 2 Certificate has an additional two ‘techniques’ units, which would provide the necessary practical skills for new entrants into the profession to start to carry out pest management activities.
Notes to editors
The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is an independent, multi-disciplinary organisation, dedicated to the promotion and protection of collective human health and well-being. Through advocacy, mediation, empowerment, knowledge and practice we advise on policy development, provide education and training services, encourage scientific research, disseminate information and certify products, training centres and processes.
Around 100,000 students take our qualifications each year in food hygiene, salon hygiene, pest control, health & safety, nutrition, the built environment, health, meat inspection and emergency planning. We provide qualifications which are directly relevant to the workplace and we help people to progress through their chosen career by offering qualifications at different levels. RSPH is also an awarding body recognised by Ofqual. We have a network of over 1500 training centres throughout the UK. We provide a wide range of course material including syllabuses and sample exam papers.
The RSPH is an independent charity formed in October 2008 with the merger of the Royal Society of Health (RSH) and the Royal Institute of Public Health (RIPH). The RSPH has a Royal Charter and Her Majesty The Queen is the Society’s Patron.