This new one-day course will allow gamekeepers to go on controlling rats using professional rodenticides after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) deadline of 1 July 2016.
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.
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.