What are the benefits of the Wildlife Aware accreditation?
This accreditation is intended to signal to prospective customers that those who hold the accreditation will work to the highest standards to achieve effective pest control with minimum adverse effects on wildlife and the wider environment. Accredited technicians will be able to use the licensed Wildlife Aware logo as a visual representation of their skill and increased competence. They will also be advertised on the BASIS website as Accredited Technicians.
Who is this course for?
The course is primarily aimed at those who offer a service of rodent pest management to farming enterprises and other businesses in rural areas. In particular, professional pest controllers and the employees of local authorities involved in pest control will find the course, and the accompanying accreditation scheme, advantageous in their activities.
The course is also relevant to those involved in game-rearing and who carry out rodent pest control as a part of such activities. Farm contractors and farm employees who conduct rodent pest management as a routine part of their duties will also benefit from the course. Those who attend the course should have already attended training courses in rodent pest management so that they are fully competent in the use of anticoagulant rodenticides.
While not the main target audience for the course, those involved in wildlife conservation may find the course useful towards familiarisation with rodent pest management techniques and best practice in avoiding unwanted wildlife impacts.
What is included in the course?
- Why Control Rodents?
- Rodent Species – identification and behaviour
- How to control rodents on farms
- Environmental Impacts of Rodenticides
- The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use
What requirements are required to undertake the course?
Those who attend the course are expected already to possess proficiency through practical experience and prior training in rodent pest management, and to have obtained relevant qualifications such as those offered by the Royal Society for the Protection of Health (RSPH) and City & Guilds, or equivalents.
How long is the course?
This is a one day course.
How do I take the exam?
Once the documentation is returned to BASIS, you will be set up to take the Online Assessment. All details will be provided via email and you will have a 14 day period in which to take the exam.
What if I fail?
Should you fail the Online Assessment for the first time, you will be granted a second attempt at no extra cost. All details will be send via post with your exam result with full details on your re-sit. Should you fail for a second time, you will not be able to take the exam again and will have to re-take the course.
When should I expect my results?
All exam results will be processed within one week of the final date for assessment. They will be sent out by first class post. No results will be given over the phone.