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Rats & Mice – NPTC Safe Use of Pesticides for Vertebrate Pest Control

  • 1 Days | Part Time
  • Suffolk Rural
  • Level 2 | Professional

Course overview

This course is aimed at candidates who wish to undertake pest control in land-based or related industries.  Candidates will understand the importance of controlling rodents, how to monitor them and the best methods to get rid of them. 

The objective is to enable candidates to:

  • Understand the effect rodent control can have on the environment
  • Describe the lifestyle, habits and habitats of rats and mice
  • Identify rats and mice and the typical symptoms of damage caused
  • Identify the degree and source of the infestation
  • State the relevant legislative obligations and responsibilities
  • Select and carry out the most appropriate method of control in accordance with current legal guidelines and recognised good practice
  • Record keeping and contamination prevention
  • Plan, implement and monitor an effective control programme
  • Purchase, transportation, safe use, cleaning and storage of poisons and related equipment
  • Identify suitable areas for trapping and different types of trap
  • Understand firearms law relating to the use of weapons in vermin control

The course content will also include:

  • Current rodenticides and formulations
  • Surveying
  • The safe use, storage
  • transport and disposal of rodenticides
  • Non-chemical rodent control

You will need to bring: Writing materials to take your course notes on the day. Please wear warm, comfortable clothing and bring with you some all-weather outerwear.

The course includes a mandatory practical element which will take place outside in potentially muddy and wet conditions. 

Assessment: Competency is assessed by the NPTC after you have completed your course, not on the day of your training. Your assessment will be booked by the NPTC to be carried out at a convenient time and location. Assessment will take place partly outside, please see the ‘Dress Code’ information below.  Please wear warm, comfortable clothing and bring with you some all-weather outerwear.

The course includes a mandatory practical element which will take place outside in potentially muddy and wet conditions.  Please submit a clear, passport-style photo to in advance of your course for your ID card registration. Failure to do this will incur a charge if additional certificates or ID cards need to be issued.  If you would like to discuss this further please contact NPTC directly at 01603 731250.  NPTC – Disabilities and Access Arrangements: Please inform us immediately, if you have not already done so, of any disabilities that may disadvantage you in the successful completion of your assessment; for example, if you have dyslexia or English is not your first language or any mild disability which may require you to have some assistance. 

Under guidance from C&G, we can make access arrangements for some learners to demonstrate their competence under assessment, without changing the demands of that assessment. Examples of access arrangements include readers, scribes, extra time, or modified assessment material.  However, as Certificates of Competence are vocational qualifications, candidates must achieve all the required units to gain a full qualification, and the awarding body will not make adjustments to the required competence standards.  As an example, pesticide product labels detail essential information, and it is of paramount importance that a candidate can read and interpret this information to comply with legislative and operational requirements. If the candidate is unable to read and/or interpret a product label without assistance then they will not be deemed competent to practice, as if such a person were working without supervision in the workplace, there is the potential for a serious incident to occur.  If you would like to discuss this further or make access arrangements for your assessment, then please contact our admissions team, or contact the NPTC directly at 01603 731250. 

Enrolment End Date: Please note that the enrolment for this course closes 5 working days before the start of the course. Unfortunately, it is not possible to process late enrolments after that point.

Refreshments and lunch will be available to purchase at the College refectories. Alternatively, you may wish to bring your refreshments and packed lunch if preferred.

Course timings: 08:00 – 16:30

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