The pest control industry is often overlooked, functioning as an invisible guardian of public health and improving the environment we live in. To ensure a quality level in the industry the South African Pest Control Association’s (SAPCA) training division PCSIB – investing into the skills base of the pest control industry.
To effectively carry out their work, pest control operators require specialised training which will equip them with the skills needed to accurately assess each situation. A qualified operator will be able to identify the insects responsible for the infestation, the correct pesticide to use as well as the best method of application. Pest control training also covers the laws and regulations operators have to adhere to.
Training is essential to gain the knowledge needed to plan and implement an integrated pest control strategy and without it we are at risk of being exposed to incompetent persons pretending to be pest control operators. To give back and equip the industry which it serves with the needed training and skills acquisition, the South African Pest Control Association (SAPCA) has partnered with the Pest Control Service Industries Board (PCSIB), an organisation that has been instrumental in developing training and skills courses for the pest management industry. Although SAPCA and PCSIB are two separate entities, they fall under one umbrella.
The PSCIB is a legal training organisation and all their skills courses are accredited and developed according to the requirements of the Agricultural Sector Education Training Authority (AgriSETA) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Upon completion of a skills course, trainees receive a competency certificate that allows them to apply for a P-qualification from the Department of Agriculture, provided they have six months of practical experience and in the case of fumigation, 12 months experience. All practical training should, according to regulation take place under qualified supervision.
In 2011 the PCSIB will be hosting a series of skills courses which include the following:
• Structural Skills Course
• Termite Skills Course
• Fumigation Skills Course
• Weed Control Skills Course
All of the above are three day skills courses presented throughout South Africa. To register for one of their courses or for more information contact the PCSIB office at 012-6547708 or visit www.pcsib.org.za.