Today after its Annual General Meeting (AGM), BPCA announced that it plans to introduce a professional recognition scheme incorporating CPD as a new member benefit from 2019 onwards.
The scheme, ‘BPCA Registered’ will be run by BPCA itself, and will afford member companies and their employees the ability to manage their commitment to ongoing professional development, and attain compliance with membership criteria directly.
Tom Holmes, BPCA President said:
“We are extremely enthusiastic about being able to support member companies directly in their ongoing development of employees, further driving professionalism for our industry.”
“The Association is extremely aware of the need to highlight the critical difference between pest management professionals, and ‘professionals’ offering pest management services.”
“The scheme forms an integral part of our strategy to explore, and be ready for, what a licencing structure may represent for the pest management sector in the future.”
“It is important we get this right for all member companies that can benefit from this scheme, so I strongly encourage members take the opportunity to feed their views back to BPCA via the consultation.”
As part of the development of the scheme, BPCA are now inviting all current full and probationary members to feed into its consultation, which aims to understand what features of a CPD scheme are most important to employers and employees, as well as understand how to ensure the optimum user experience.
The Association plans to officially launch the initiative at the time of processing subscriptions for 2019, and members can still opt out of BPCA Registered if they prefer to use an alternative CPD scheme such a BASIS PROMPT, or an internal CPD scheme.
“Member companies have to demonstrate their team member’s ongoing commitment to CPD. We need to progress beyond a point collection system to one that ties CPD closely to professional development in the longer term. We’ve listened to feedback from members through our formal committee structures and continue to listen to comments members have made, and will make, with the membership team, on an ongoing basis. Now is a fantastic opportunity for the whole BPCA membership to come together and engage with this exciting journey.”
Ian Andrews, BPCA Chief Exec
BPCA’s consultation on CPD is now open and will close on Friday 20 July at 5pm and will be followed up in August through a brief series of online focus groups.