How to become a pest control technician
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
- training with a professional body
You could start by doing a Pest Control Technician Intermediate Apprenticeship.
This can take up to 18 months to complete.
When you have successfully completed your apprenticeship you can apply to become a British Pest Control Association (BPCA) registered pest control technician.
There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You could apply to companies directly to become a pest control technician. Employers usually look for GCSEs in English and maths.
Experience in the building trade, health and safety, or in handling chemicals may be useful. Many companies will offer training on the job if you have the right qualities.
You could do an online foundation course with the British Pest Control Association. This introduces the basics of pest management and can lead to further training to get industry-recognised qualifications.
The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) also runs training courses for people looking to start in the industry, for example the Level 2 Award in Pest Management.
You can find out more about working in pest control through the British Pest Control Association.