On a pest control technician apprenticeship you’ll help identify and get rid of pests including rats, mice, and cockroaches.
Pest control is the regulation or management of a pest species deemed detrimental to human health, the environment, or the economy.
You will work as a pest control expert in a range of industrial, commercial, and residential settings. You’ll learn about pest biology and behaviour, which you’ll put to use to evaluate sites, determine levels of pest infestation, and decide on appropriate pest-eradication and re-infestation strategies.
Your work will often include both routine preventive visits and one-time reactive trips to handle urgent pest issues. You will use pest biology and behaviour knowledge to evaluate sites, identify degrees of pest infestations, and choose appropriate methods to remove pests and prevent re-infestation while always complying with current regulations.
What you’ll learn
On a pest control technician apprenticeship, you’ll learn:
- Communication that is effective at all levels.
- To be able to deal with client dissatisfaction.
- Capability to work as part of a team.
- Maintain equality at all times – treat all customers as equals.
- Manage customer expectations and assign a priority to your job.
- To correctly identify target pests and non-target species.
- Complete site evaluations and inspections to identify pests, entry points, and other factors that may attract or keep pests at the location.
- To use pest control tools and technologies that are both chemical and physical in a safe and effective way.
- Follow all norms and regulations.
- To make and explain to clients appropriate recommendations and risks to aid in the management and prevention of re-infestation – including post-treatment measures.
- To maintain accurate documentation to assist customers with audit processes and to maintain a record of activities for future reference.
- To accept responsibility for staying up to date on your service and product expertise.
- To choose the best pest control methods and keep yourself accountable for your decisions.
- To make decisions in accordance with relevant laws, standards of behaviour, and corporate principles.
- To resolve problems in a secure, efficient, and timely way.
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day tasks on a pest control technician apprenticeship could be to:
- Investigate and identify pests
- Collect dead animals and testing materials
- Learn how pests get into buildings
- Choose a control technique
- Spray chemicals on insects to get rid of them.
- Repair a damaged area to keep pests away
- Teach customers how to prevent future problems
- Complete reports and keep records
- Handle and storage of chemicals
- Remove any dead animals
There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
The End Point Assessment consists of three parts that must be completed in the following order:
Knowledge Test (20% weighted); this will include both fundamental and applied knowledge issues.
Practical Assessment (40 percent weighting); an observation of practical skills in which the apprentice demonstrates their abilities, behaviours, and underlying knowledge as required by the Pest Control Technician Standard.
Professional Discussion (40 percent weighting): Based on the facts provided in the portfolio assessment, this will be a professional discussion.
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
A driving licence may be required for some roles.
You may work at a client’s office or at their home.
Your workplace may be at a high height, dirty, and claustrophobic.
It is possible that you may be required to wear protective equipment.
Career path and progression
With experience and knowledge, you may be promoted to supervisor or manager.
You could even start your own business.
Duration: 18 months
Relevant school subjects: Science
Entry requirements: Disclosure and Barring Service check and four GCSEs, including maths and English. Relevant experience would be advantageous
Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs
Potential salary upon completion: £21,000 per annum
Typical job titles: Pest control officer
More information about the Level 2 Pest Control Technician Apprenticeship standard can be found here.
Apprenticeship End Point Assessment
For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.