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Different Types of Rat Poison Certification

Many of the rodent control products we supply are for purchase by professional users only. The table below shows what certification is required to purchase professional rodenticides.
CRRU Training and Certification Work Group approved certification (26.02.2016), acceptable at the point-of-sale for purchase of professional use rodenticides under the terms of the UK rodenticide stewardship regime.
‘Grandfather’ certification Current certification Update certification
RSPH/BPCA Level 2 Certificate in Pest Control (2004 – 2010*) RSPH/BPCA Level 2 Award in Pest Management (2010 onwards) CRRU Wildlife Aware (accredited by BASIS) N.B. Approved in conjunction with current Wildlife Aware accreditation, as an update into approved status, for those holding approved ‘grandfather’ or ‘current certification’ issued before the dates shown in brackets.
RSPH Level 2 Certificate in Pest Control
(2000 – 2004*)
RSPH/BPCA Level 2 Certificate in Pest Management (2010 onwards)
RSH Certificate in Pest Control
(pre-2000 inclusive*)
RSPH Level 3 Diploma in Pest Management (2010 onwards)
BPCA Diploma in Pest Control Part 1
(Previously ‘BPC Diploma Part 1’, ‘RSH/BPC Certificate in pest control’, ‘BPC Diploma’, ‘Operators certificate of proficiency’, ‘British Pest Control Association Certificate in general pest control’ and ‘Certificate pre-1988’)
(pre-2004 inclusive)
City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides for Vertebrate Pest Control for Rats and Mice (QCF) (PA-R&M)
(2013 onwards)
NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Vertebrate Pest Control
(2002 – 2014)
LANTRA: Responsible and Effective Control of Commensal Rodents (2015 onwards)
LANTRA: Rodent Control
(2009 – 2015)
LANTRA: Rodent Control on Farms (2015 onwards)
LANTRA: Rodent Control on Livestock Units
(2013 – 2015)
Rat Control for Gamekeepers
(2015 onwards, through BASIS)
Killgerm Principles of Rodent Control (previously Killgerm Rodent Biology and Control)
(2004 – 2015)
Killgerm Principles of Rodent Control (2016 onwards, through BASIS)
RSPH Level 2 Award in the safe use of rodenticides (2015 onwards)
BPCA Using Rodenticides Safely
(2015 onwards, exam through BASIS)
*RSH / RSPH certificates may bear a date up to two years after the end date stated above. These are still acceptable at the point-of-sale.
Note: The ‘BPC Certificate of Proficiency (1989 – 1994)’, ‘BPCA Diploma Part II (1995 – 2008)’ and ‘BPCA Accredited Technician in Pest Control (2008 onwards)’ are all accepted at the point-of-sale because other approved certification is a prerequisite for these.
  1. If you hold a certification / qualification listed under the ‘Grandfather’ or ‘Current’ headings and within the date range in brackets in the table, you already hold certification in line with stewardship requirements. You can purchase and use professional rodenticides labelled under stewardship requirements.
  2. If you have completed a certification / qualification listed under the ‘Grandfather’ or ‘Current’ headings but did so before the date range in brackets, you need to update it. One option is the CRRU Wildlife Aware course with BASIS accreditation; other options are the courses listed under the ‘Current’ heading.
  3. If you do not hold a certification / qualification listed anywhere in the table, you need to complete one of the courses listed under the ‘Current’ heading in order to demonstrate proof of competence at the point-of-sale.
List of approved farm assurance schemes.
  • British Egg Industry Council Code of Practice for Lion Eggs
  • Duck Assurance Scheme (Breeder Replacement, Breeder Layers, Hatcheries, Table Birds, Free-Range Table Birds)
  • Agricultural Industries Confederation (Compound Feeds, Combinable Crops and Animal Feeds)
  • Red Tractor Farm Assurance (Beef and Lamb, Dairy, Combinable Crops and Sugar Beet, Fresh Produce, Pigs, Poultry)
  • Quality Meat Scotland (Cattle and Sheep, Pigs)
  • Farm Assured Welsh Livestock (Beef and Lamb)
  • Scottish Quality Crops
  • Northern Ireland Farm Quality Assurance Scheme (Beef and Lamb, Cereals)
  • Quality British Turkey

Context notes:

  1. From April 2016 onwards, rodenticide products with new ‘stewardship conditions’ labels for use outside by professionals, including farmers, will be introduced carrying the following statement: “For supply to and use only by professional users holding certification demonstrating compliance with UK rodenticide stewardship regime requirements”.
  2. Farmers who have completed an approved training course and obtained a certificate will be permitted to buy and use these products.
  3. As an interim measure, membership of a stewardship-approved farm assurance scheme listed above will also permit purchase and use of these products until the end of December 2017.
  4. More farm assurance schemes are being reviewed for stewardship compliance, which depends on inclusion of a standard requiring systematic rodent pest management.
  5. CRRU will also hold discussions with all stewardship-approved schemes with the objective, before the end of December 2017, to bring their standards into alignment with the CRRU Code of Best Practice (CoBP).
  6. Beyond December 2017: (i) Such CoBP-aligned schemes will continue to provide proof of competence for purchase of professional rodenticide products. (ii) Members of schemes that have not come into alignment will not be able to use their membership for rodenticide purchases beyond the end of December 2017.