Rat control courses at Loddington

Time is running out to book on to our important new one-daRaty course that allows gamekeepers to go on controlling rats using professional rodenticides after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) deadline of 1 July 2016.

Two dates at Loddington

You can book your place on the course on one of two dates at our Allerton Project farm at Loddington in Leicestershire - one on Monday 12th October and another on Friday 6th November.

About the course

We've combined with the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) and with BASIS Registration Ltd to offer this new course which will include the necessary certification for successful candidates to go on buying and using professional rodenticides after product authorisations change on 1 July 2016.

Thereafter, anyone without an appropriate certificate will be restricted to using amateur-pack rodenticides, or will have to rely on traps, shooting and terriers - unless they have an alternative qualification for using Aluminium Phosphide gas.

The course is approved on behalf of the HSE and meets their requirements for best-practice ‘Stewardship’ to reduce the risk of rodenticide residues getting into non-target wildlife.


Members of the GWCT, BASC, the NGO, SGA and CA will be entitled to a special members’ cost price of £150 plus VAT, regardless of which organisation is delivering the actual course they attend. Non members will be charged £200 plus VAT wherever they attend.

The exam

Both fees will cover the training itself, course literature, the exam at the end and, if successful, the issue of a certificate for the purchase and use of professional rodenticides

The exam, a one hour multiple choice/true or false test, has been compiled and will be overseen by BASIS. It can either be taken on paper immediately after the training finishes, or can be taken later online, depending on the course attended, but candidates will need to specify when booking which option they require.

Some gamekeepers may already have undertaken training for rodenticide use that is compliant with the new rules. Others may prefer to qualify themselves via alternative courses, although Rat Control for Gamekeepers is recommended as the only course specifically developed for the gamekeepers’ needs.

Book your place

Email lferguson@gwct.org.uk or call Lynda Ferguson on 01425 651013 to secure your place.

Please specify which type of exam you would like to take when you book - on paper immediately after the training finishes or later online.


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