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  • 12 November 2019

    Strategic storytime: Why don't they pay the piper?

    Your association | PPC97 November 2019 Doctors, teachers, accountants, police officers, engineers, nurses… what do they all have in common? This issue we’re talking about how we show off the value of our trade and our.... More

  • 12 November 2019

    A to Z of pests goes PestAware

    Your association | PPC97 November 2019 Many of you will know that BPCA has an A to Z of pests on our website. This is a tool for end-users to find pest control help and support. What you might not know is that we’ve bee.... More

  • 11 November 2019

    Where we've been: Planet Holyrood

    Your association | PPC97 November 2019 On 18 September, BPCA held an event at the Scottish Parliament about the critical role played by pest management professionals in protecting public health and safety. SPEAKERS: Ratcatch.... More

  • 11 November 2019

    Meet the member: Fowl play on the pitch

    Your association | PPC97 November 2019 In this article BPCA’s Communications Officer, Kat Shaw, spoke to Phillippa Hawkins from Falconry Services Bird and Pest Control about carrying out pest control in stadiums with her fea.... More

  • 11 November 2019

    Training programme in focus: Level 2 Award in Pest Management

    Training | PPC97 November 2019 The GPC training course is BPCA’s residential training programme designed to give people the skills they need to enter the world of pest management. When combined with BPCA’s on.... More

  • 05 November 2019

    And I would walk 9,000 miles…

    Training | PPC97 November 2019 At BPCA we facilitate a host of pest management training opportunities, that attract candidates from around the UK and further afield. One of our most renowned training programmes is the Ge.... More

  • 05 November 2019

    Bespoke training: It's not 'one size fits all'

    Training | PPC97 November 2019 Training Development Manager, Karen Dawes, explains how bespoke training might be a better fit for your business.  At BPCA we’re proud of our track record in delivering a r.... More

  • 05 November 2019

    What Rwandafull training

    Training | PPC97 November 2019 One company that recently took advantage of BPCA's bespoke training option was Africa Improved Foods (AIF), based in Rwanda. The team at AIF got in touch to see if we could p.... More

  • 05 November 2019

    Free CPD webinars

    Events | PPC97 November 2019 This year BPCA trialled running free CPD webinars for all members and affiliates. The first five webinars have proved far more popular than we could have imagined. In fact, we’ve helped.... More

  • 04 November 2019

    New electronic annual returns out now

    It's annual return time again but this year it's all change! Where previously we used to send out paper forms, this year all main contacts of full members should have received a series of emails that require action. Email 1 will.... More

  • 27 September 2019

    New way to pass your Level 2 Award in Pest Management

    BPCA has announced a new 7-day, modular, non-residential training course in the centre of London this November. As part of its membership criteria, BPCA recognises the Level 2 Award in Pest Management as the entry-level qualification for pe.... More

  • 27 September 2019

    BPCA Registered accepted route for register of pest professionals in Ireland

    BPCA Registered has been approved as a recognised system for the employees of members working in Ireland to evidence their skills, qualifications and continued professional development.  The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Mari.... More

  • 13 September 2019

    BPCA on food: open letter on the role of pest management in National Food Strategy

    BPCA has written an open letter to contribute to the independent review on developing a national food strategy, commissioned by Defra. We set out our case for the inclusion of pest management provisions and our role in protecting citizen’s.... More

  • 29 August 2019

    Pest photo of the year launched

    BPCA is looking for the best pest photograph of the year and is offering a £500 prize for anyone who captures the perfect image of public health pest control. The competition is officially open now. All you need to do is tw.... More

  • 23 August 2019

    PPC96 out now

    Professional pest controller magazine issue 96 is out now and available to read online for free. The magazine can be read online or downloaded as a PDF or you can join our Affiliate Scheme and request a hard copy.  .... More

  • 23 August 2019

    Flying insects in hospitals carry 'superbug' germs

    Health and safety | PPC96 August 2019 More than 50% of bacteria recovered from flying insects in a group of English hospitals were resistant to one or more antibiotics, posing a potential infection risk to patients, according to a.... More

  • 23 August 2019

    Best practice or Balderdash?

    Best practice| PPC96 August 2019 You don’t need a contract for a wasps nest… or do you? While our tools and technology over the years have evolved and adapted, our practices haven’t necessarily changed at the sa.... More

  • 22 August 2019

    Selling your pest management services using the law

    Business feature| PPC96 August 2019 Paul Westgate, Managing Director of Sussex-based Westgate Pest Control and industry trainer with BPCA, has worked in urban pest management for nearly 20 years. Paul examines the positives t.... More

  • 22 August 2019

    Ratcatcher to riches: Championing Professionalism

    Your association | PPC96 August 2019 Way back in PPC91 we showed you our ‘strategic plan at a glance’. Part of BPCA’s strategy is to champion the professionalism of the sector. But what does that mean? What.... More

  • 22 August 2019

    BPCA Professionalism Working Groups

    Your association | PPC96 August 2019 What does championing professionalism in pest management look like today? These groups are posing some huge questions with no easy answers. Many members are working to help answer them and, ult.... More

  • 22 August 2019

    Meet the member: “Starting Lady Bug Pest Control saved my life.”

    Your association | PPC96 August 2019 “I hope you don’t mind me asking, but how did you get into pest control?” As a woman in a traditionally male-dominated industry, Vicki Sims hears this question a lot. BPCA Com.... More

  • 22 August 2019

    Contract Sharing Network celebrates national contract

    Your association | PPC9 August 2019 The Contract Sharing Network (CSN) was officially launched at PestEx 2017 and since then has been limited to small groups of contracts and pigeon proofing jobs. In April 2019, a significant step.... More

  • 22 August 2019

    Observe a Servicing Committee meeting

    Your association | PPC96 August 2019 The BPCA Servicing Committee represents the interests of the service and consultancy sector of the public health pest management industry. They draft Codes of Best Practice and help.... More

  • 21 August 2019

    Are you recording your pest management CPD?

    Training | PPC96 August 2019 Karen Dawes, BPCA Training Development Manager, takes a look at some great examples of CPD for people at all stages of their careers. BPCA’s new individual recognition and CPD scheme.... More

  • 21 August 2019

    Pest awareness for everyone

    Your Association | PPC96 August 2019 From facilities management to the equine world, BPCA’s PR efforts reach a wide-ranging and diverse audience. Jane Shepherd from BPCA’s agency, Shepherd PR, talks about why it&r.... More