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Practical Vertebrate Control

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With the increasing pressures to carry out pest management without the use of pesticides and with label restrictions, pest control organisations are continually looking for non-toxic control methods.

Traps have been used effectively within pest control for hundreds of years, and they have an important role to play in today's delivery of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).



This course will look at the practical aspects of using and placing traps and baits and help build confidence to ensure compliance when using these tools. This programme is suitable for anyone interested in learning how to use a trap and bait safely.

During the Practical Vertebrate Control programme, you will learn:

1. Species involved, their behaviour and identification - moles, rabbits, rodents, squirrels, foxes and mink
2. Legislation relating to trap and bait use
3. Health and safety
4. Types of traps and baits available
5. The trapping and bait process
6. Trap maintenance
7. Documentation
8. Communication

By the end of the course you will be able to:

1. Recognise different traps and baits and understand their use
2. Set traps and place baits safely
3. Explain where and how traps and baits can be legally used

Please note traps can cause injury if not used safely.

Upon completion of this programme, you will receive a BPCA certificate of completion.

Level: Foundation
Prerequisites: None
Delivery: Classroom only
Duration: 1 day
Additional Study: None
Assessment: None
BPCA Registered CPD Points: 10.5
BASIS Prompt points: 12

While there isn't a pre-course entry requirement for this programme, you may find it useful to study the Foundation Certificate in Pest Management. This BPCA course is open to all.

After completing the Practical Vertebrate Control programme, you may wish to study:


Technical Programmes

Technical Programmes

• Practical Insect Control
• Level 2 in Pest Management - General Pest Control
• Safe Use of Aluminium Phosphide for the Management of Vertebrate Pests


Plus+ Programmes

Plus+ Programmes

• Starting and Managing Your Own Business




Classroom Delivery

Classroom programme

This is a one day, classroom based course.

9 am for coffee, 9.30 am start, 4.30 pm finish.




There is no assessment or prerequisites for this course.

Upon completion of this course, you will receive a BPCA certificate of completion.



The course fee includes morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch.

  Including VAT Excluding VAT
Members £186 £155
Non-members £204 £170


Please note: accommodation is not included in this course.

Cancellation Terms:

Course cancellations will only be accepted on receipt of written instruction and are effective from the date received by the BPCA.

• More than 15 working days prior to course: No charge
• 15 working days or less: 100% of fee





    For more information contact BPCA: or 01332225113