Pest Control Course

Duration 2 hours

Last audited 5th June 2023

CPD Approved IoH Approved
Pest Control
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£25 +VAT

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Includes a 10% discount for 10+ courses

Pest infestation is one of the most common reasons for prosecution under food hygiene law. This Pest Control training course is designed to help those who work in food manufacturing premises understand how to reduce the risks that pests pose to public health and food safety.

The course explains how to identify common pest species, including insects, rodents, animals and birds, and outlines how staff can take action to prevent pests from becoming a problem. By the end of the training, learners will understand their legal responsibilities and how to follow appropriate pest control measures.

100% online training

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Same day digital certificate

Printed certificate posted next working day

Full audio voiceover

Unlimited assessment attempts

Developed by food safety professionals

Accredited by CPD

What you'll learn

By the end of this course learners will:

  • Know the legal requirements around controlling pests.
  • Understand what a pest is, what the most common pests are, and why pest control is vital to ensuring good hygiene standards.
  • Be aware of the consequences of a pest infestation, as well as what signs to look out for.
  • Understand what control actions can be used to reduce the risk of an infestation.

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Module 1: Introduction to Pest Control

What is a pest, what impact can pests have on a business, BRC Standards, the Pests Act 1954, the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and food industry legislation.

Module 2: Your Responsibilities in Pest Control

Avoid, block, detect, respond and recover, good housekeeping, what to do if you see a pest, and the do’s and don’ts of pest control.

Module 3: Insects and Mites

Types of mites, identifying mite infestations, how to control mite infestations, types of insects, insect metamorphosis, stored product insects, identifying insect infestations, how to control insect infestations, cockroaches, identifying cockroach infestations, how to control cockroach infestations, and food hygiene.

Module 4: Rodents

Types of rodents, access, identifying rodent infestations, how to control rodent infestations, what to do if you identify rodents, and food hygiene.

Module 5: Animals and Birds

Types of animal pests, identifying animal pests, how to control animal pests, types of bird pests, Canada geese, identifying bird pests, how to control bird pests, methods for preventing bird infestations, and food hygiene.

Once you have completed all of the online training material you will be able to take the online assessment. The assessment consists of 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 90%. The answers are marked instantly so you will know whether you have passed as soon as you finish.

If you don’t pass the assessment you can review the course material and take the assessment again as many times as necessary at no extra charge.

This Pest Control course is suitable for anyone who works in a food manufacturing premises and needs an awareness of how to identify and control pests. This includes managers, supervisors, full-time and part-time employees. The course may also be suitable for other businesses that involve handling and storing food.

This Pest Control course does not qualify you to purchase controlled products for pest control purposes, such as controlled insecticides and rat poison. The course is designed to provide an awareness level of training for how to reduce the risks of pests infestations occurring in your premises in the first place and to identify infestations should they occur.

Written by experts

Paul Turner, Senior Environmental Health Officer

In partnership with

Paul Turner

Senior Environmental Health Officer

Paul Turner is a Senior Environmental Health Officer at North Yorkshire Council with a great passion for the highest standards of food safety. As well as holding a degree in Environmental Health and a HND in Applied Science (Biology) Paul has completed the following: Certificate of Registration with Environmental Health Officers Registration Board, Assessment of Professional Competence (CPD), ISO 9000:2000 Lead Auditor qualification and has Chartered status from CIEH.

Paul has 30 years of experience in the sector working for local authorities and is on the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) working group and is a Local Authority member of the FSA group contributing to their Register a Food Business (RAFB) service.

Paul is an experienced public speaker on food safety who has developed and delivered training on behalf of the Food Standards Agency and others in the sector as he continues his drive to ensure the highest standards of food safety.

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