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Pest Control Accreditations in the UK: What They Are and Why They Matter

June 28th, 2024

Last updated: June 28th, 2024

When you are employing any service business to come into your commercial premises you need to know who you are dealing with, and pest control accreditations are a way for you to ensure that you can check the credentials of a pest control professional.

What exactly do these accreditations mean, and which ones should you be aware of? Let’s dive into the world of pest control accreditations in the UK

British Pest Control Association (BPCA)

The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) is perhaps the most well-known accreditation in the pest control industry in the UK. The BPCA represents a benchmark of quality and professionalism. Companies accredited by the BPCA are required to adhere to strict standards of practice, undergo regular audits, and ensure that their staff are properly trained and qualified.

Being a member of the BPCA means that a company is committed to providing high-quality services. When you hire a BPCA-accredited company, you can be confident that they will handle pest issues responsibly and professionally and even get guidance on things like proper waste removal to prevent pests.

National Pest Technicians Association (NPTA)

Another important accreditation is from the National Pest Technicians Association (NPTA). Similar to the BPCA, the NPTA is dedicated to promoting best practices within the pest control industry. NPTA members must meet high standards of training and expertise and are required to follow a strict code of conduct.

The NPTA provides training opportunities and resources to its members, ensuring that they are knowledgeable about the latest pest control techniques and regulations. Choosing an NPTA-accredited company means that you are hiring professionals who are committed to maintaining high standards in their work.

MS Approval (Marks and Spencer)

Marks and Spencer has such a strong reputation when it comes to food safety. They provide a 14-page document that helps to provide guidance on pest prevention including “exclusion, restriction, destruction, and monitoring”.

MS approved contractors work on their food production sites to ensure that the standard is kept high. Their guidance also outlines things like the type of pesticides used as well as what happens when there is a potential pest. This approval is based on food production and is mainly issued to companies that work with M and S in some way.

CEPA Certified

This company is based on European standards rather than just British. The Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA) certification is an important accreditation that signifies compliance with the European standard for pest management services. CEPA certification involves a rigorous assessment process, focusing on areas such as operational procedures, customer service, and environmental practices.

A CEPA-certified company demonstrates a commitment to quality and sustainability, ensuring that their pest control methods are effective and environmentally responsible.

This accreditation is particularly important for businesses looking to meet European standards in pest management.


Basis PROMPT (Professional Register of Managers and Pest Technicians) is a professional register of individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to continuing professional development (CPD) in pest control. Technicians on the PROMPT register must complete a certain amount of CPD each year to maintain their status.

This accreditation ensures that technicians are continually updating their skills and knowledge, staying informed about the latest advancements and best practices in the industry. When you see a technician on the Basis PROMPT register, you can trust that they are dedicated to maintaining high standards of professional development.

Safe Contractor

While not specific to pest control, the Safe Contractor accreditation is another important certification that can indicate a company’s commitment to health and safety. Safe Contractor accreditation is relevant to everything from air conditioner repair through to grounds maintenance. It involves a thorough audit of a company’s health and safety practices, ensuring that they meet stringent safety standards.

For pest control companies, this accreditation demonstrates a commitment to carrying out their work safely, protecting both their employees and clients from potential hazards. Choosing a Safe Contractor-accredited pest control provider ensures that you are working with a company that prioritises safety in all aspects of their operations.

Accredited Professionals For Pest Control Services

Accreditations in the pest control industry are not just badges of honour; they are indicators of a company’s commitment to safety and doing things the right way, such as considering the environment. When choosing a pest control service in the UK, looking for these accreditations can help ensure that you are hiring a reputable and competent provider.

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