CRRU and BASIS in the UK, and CRRU and IASIS in Ireland, have established the new “Wildlife Aware” training course, and associated accreditation scheme, for professional pest control technicians and other competent users of rodenticides.
The course and accreditation are aimed at those who offer a service of rodent pest management to farming enterprises and other businesses in rural areas or to manufacturing and business premises, offices, hospitals, sports facilities and other premises in semi-urban and urban areas. Those who attend the course will have already attended training courses in rodent pest management so that they are competent in the use of anticoagulant rodenticides.
“Wildlife Aware” accreditation is offered to all those who attend the “Wildlife Aware” course and pass the examination. This accreditation is intended to indicate to customers for rodent pest control services that those who hold the accreditation will work to the highest standards in order to achieve effective pest control with minimum adverse effects on wildlife and the wider environment. The accreditation is offered to the individual (not their companies) and follows the technician wherever they work. Accredited technicians are permitted to use the “Wildlife Aware” logo as a symbol of their special competence.
Those interested in attending “Wildlife Aware” courses can obtain details of forthcoming courses in the UK by contacting BASIS via its website (www.basis-reg.co.uk), in Ireland by contacting IASIS via its website (www.iasis.ie) or in either country by contacting CRRU via this website
All “Wildlife Aware” trainers are BASIS or IASIS registered.
The five “Wildlife Aware” course modules are:
Why Control Rodents
Provides an understanding of the problems caused by rodents. Particular emphasis is given to diseases carried by rodents and to the quest for quality within accreditation schemes driving an increased requirement for rodenticide use.
Rodent Species – identification and behaviour
Outlines important pest recognition characteristics and behaviour relevant to implementing effective control. Draws attention to other non-target rodents that may be affected by rural rodent control programmes.
How to control rodents on farms
Explains the fundamentals of applying rodenticides safely and effectively in accordance with an IPM approach. Additional information for gamekeepers and others who apply rodenticides away from buildings.
Environmental Impacts of Rodenticides
Describes primary and secondary routes of wildlife exposure to rodenticides, adverse effects of rodenticides and distribution of residues among key wildlife species.
The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use.
Gives the objectives of the CRRU initiative, the important mitigation measures required to reduce wildlife contamination and the potential benefits of each of the measures recommended.