The requirement for accreditation has been a long time coming, and we in the UK are well behind some of our European couterparts (Netherlands for example) where PCOs are required to be licensed, not just show CPD points.
However, the idea is great, and needs to be supported by the industry. It will also need to be driven by customers and audit bodies who will need to start to INSIST upon seeing the training documentation of the Technician and Field Biologist (and responsible Manager IMHO). In the UK that will mean BPCA or equivalent certificates and BASIS cards.
The issue is that I suspect that some of the 'big boys' will not be ready - through inertia ot lack of willingness to commit to the costs. They may be in a position to slow everything down...or am I being excessively cynical??
We're not ready - yet - but we will be by January!
Once apon a time I would have said that you where being rightly cynical, but the criteria for membership of the BPCA changes at the beginning of 2011.
within 3 years ALL staff in a pest control company that is responsible for the application of pesticides will be qualified to a minimum standard which will probably be the BPCA/RSHP level 2 in pest control and be part of a recognised CPD scheme.
The board have been dragging their heels for about 8 years now when a few bloody minded individuals on the board scuppered all attempts to bring this industry into the 21st century, fortunately they have now either died or left the industry and a good job too IMHO
You are obviously in the industry yourself Ptinid, have we met???
If you know Bunny from the UKPCO then you won`t forget me in a hurry