able to work in dirty and unpleasant conditions and not be squeamish
able to climb ladders and enter lofts and restricted spaces
responsible and able to follow health and safety regulations
practical and good with your hands – for operating equipment
confident when handling wild animals and insects
accurate and able to keep records and write reports
observant with an eye for detail
tactful and able to get on well with people of all backgrounds
able to prioritise your workload.
Training is usually on the job.
The main entry level qualifications are the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Level 2 Award in Pest Management or a Pest Management qualification from the British Pest Control Association (BPCA). These courses can be studied online, or through a residential course.
The National Pest Technicians Association runs short courses including flying insects control and working safely at heights.
With experience, you could become a surveyor in pest control, doing both technical and sales work.
Those wishing to progress in the industry should complete the RSPH Level 3 Diploma in Pest Management.
The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) offer the Advanced Technician in Pest Management qualification for those who are involved in the handling of pesticides or other pest control practices. You must already have the RSPH or BPCA Level 2 Award in Pest Management.