BASIS PROMPT has welcomed the National Pest Technician Association’s plans to insist that new applicants have signed up to a professional register before they are considered for membership in a bid to raise standards across the industry.
From April, anyone wanting to join the NPTA will first have to prove that they have committed to professional development by joining a CPD register, with PROMPT nominated as the chosen organisation.
The NPTA has been a key member of PROMPT’s committee since the register was founded 18 years ago and works closely with it to seek accreditation for its own training courses.
Now the NPTA’s technical manager John Hope says that it wants to take the association a further step in order to promote professionalism in the industry, as well as increasing members’ awareness of health and safety during call-outs.
He said: “Our aim as an organisation is to promote professionalism and making membership of a professional register such as PROMPT a condition of joining the NPTA is only going to help with that.
“Pest management is a very technical business these days and the industry is changing rapidly, with new concepts and practices being introduced all the time, so anyone who does not constantly learn and engage in training will fall behind the times and fall foul of legislation if they don’t keep up.
“Otherwise one of the biggest challenges to us is promoting the use of risk assessment. Not enough pest operatives are recognising the need for it, but it’s vital when you consider the potential consequences of technicians entering a new site with equipment and chemicals.
“Risk assessment will play a big part in our own training schemes and we will work with Basis PROMPT on seeking accreditation for them, as well as continuing to make it easier for our members to access training.”
Stephen Jacob, CEO of PROMPT said: “We are proud of our long and successful working partnership with the NPTA and heartened by its decision to insist that new members must first be signed up to a CPD register like our own.
“It demonstrates their commitment to encouraging professionalism in the industry and ensuring that their members are keeping up to date with the latest knowledge, good practice and legislation.”
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