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SRUC Training Courses: Pest Control - Vertebrate Control using Aluminium Phosphide


Our Safe Use of Aluminium Phosphide for Vertebrate Pest Control comprehensive training course has been developed in conjunction with industry and RAMPS (UK) to ensure users of Aluminium Phosphide are adequately trained. Aluminium Phosphide is a dangerous compound which used incorrectly can be hazardous to the health and safety of users, the general public and non-target animals, therefore it is essential that people are trained properly in the safe use of aluminium phosphide. This one day training course willl provide a full working knowledge of commercial products and application equipment to be able to plan, implement and monitor a control programme appropriate to the situation using efficient and safe methods with regard to the environment.
On completion of the training you will be able to recognise the symptoms of phosphine poisoning, be able to apply technical and operational controls to avoid exposure, be able to identify target animals and undertake a survey to determine their presence, interpret product labels, know how to apply a treatment safely and effectively and retain appropriate records.

The training is ideal for pest control operatives, game keepers, people working in agriculture, horticulture and conservation.

On completion of the training you will receive a certificate of attendance providing you with the performance criteria to complete a Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Aluminium Phosphide for Vertebrate Pest Control licence to practice.

This training course attracts 12 Basis CPD points.

What is Involved?

Safety, exposure prevention and first aid
Environment and wildlife
Label, product container, storage and transportation
Application equipment, handling and disposal of excess pesticide and spillages
Record keeping.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Certification/Award on Completion

NPTC City & Guilds Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Aluminium Phosphide for Vertebrate Pest Control

What you will need to bring

Appropriate PPE and Respiratory Protection as per the product label but would usually include:
Suitable Gloves (syntheitc rubber or PVC gloves at least 300mm in length;
Appropriate Footwear (Rubber Boots);
Appropriate Respirators (full face or hood type only) RPE filters B1 or B2 plus B3 for particulates.

Please note that hood type RPE should be used for operators with facial hair and/or glasses.

Course Dates

SRUC Auchincruive Estate
6th March 2020 with assessment TBC
3rd July 2020 with assessment TBC

SRUC Barony Campus
2nd March 2020 with assessment 4th or 5th March 2020

SRUC Oatridge Campus

Further course dates can be scheduled on demand, please contact us to register your interest or discuss your training requirements.


1 day training plus assessment

Start/Finish Times

9am to 4.30pm approximately


SRUC Aberdeen Campus; SRUC Ayr Campus; SRUC Barony Campus; SRUC Elmwood Campus; SRUC Oatridge Campus


£325.00 per person
Our course fees include training, assessment and registration fees. Please note there is no VAT on our training.

Our prices are changing as of 1st August. The fee will then be £325 per person. Bespoke prices for group bookings are available. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.


Important update

Individual Training Accounts will open on Monday 13 January 2020.

This phase of the scheme will accept up to 10,000 new applications.

SDS Individual Training Accounts (ITA)

You may be eligible for part funding to support the cost of this course.

Get up to £200 towards the cost of a training course with an SDS Individual Training Account (ITA).

You could use the money to build the skills you need for a job. Or get some training to take your career to the next level. Whatever you want to do, there is a wide range of ITA approved courses on offer.
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How do I book?

To book a place on one of our courses, please complete and return the course booking form to the appropriate campus address or email address shown below. Course fees must be paid in full at the time of booking. Payments can be made over the phone using a debit/credit card, by cheque made payable to SRUC or by Bank Transfer (for bank transfer details please contact your chosen campus).


Cancellations must be made at least 10 working days prior to the course start date otherwise the full course fee is still payable. In the event that SRUC has to cancel a course for any reason your course fees will be refunded in full or your booking transferred to the next available date if this is suitable.


Jemima Dernie (SRUC Barony and Kirkton)

01387 242918

Contact 2

Sandra Sey (SRUC Elmwood)

01334 658868

Contact 3

Fiona Murtagh (SRUC Oatridge)

01506 864 807

Contact 4

Tom Findlay or Fiona Lanni (SRUC Ayr)

01292 525 419 or 01292 525 355

Contact 5

Sandra Sey (SRUC Aberdeen)

01224 711121