Pest Awareness

Pest management is a pre-requisite for ensuring food safety where food is manufactured, prepared, stored or sold. Everyone working in such environments has a critical part to play in a successful pest management programme.

This entry level course aims to convey the key facts concerning those pests that may present a threat in a food manufacturing, food premises or a storage environment.

Training Course Content:

This course is made up of the following modules:

Introduction to Pest Awareness
This section introduces the course by showing the learner a scenario of a customer finding a fly in his soup at a restaurant.

Module 1 – Consequences of Pests
This section of the course looks at the consequences of pests as food safety hazards if they are found in food or within food preparation areas.

Module 2 – Types of Pests
This section covers the various types of pests that can cause harm, including common pests such as rats, cockroaches and mice.

Module 3 – Pest Control
In this final section, you’ll cover the different methods of pest control and how to implement them safely, this will also help to prevent future pest infestations.


On completion of the course lessons and training material an online assessment will automatically unlock. The assessment will contain 15 multiple-choice questions and a mark of 75% or above will be required to pass.

Learning Objectives

On completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the consequences of pest infestation
  • Explain what the EU Regulations requires of food producers
  • Explain what HACCP is and its role as part of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Identify which insects and animals are common food safety hazards
  • Explain the dangers posed by pests
  • Identify the damage caused by pests
  • Identify the presence of pests
  • Explain ways in which pest infestation can be prevented
  • Explain how to store pesticides safely
  • Demonstrate how to store food safely
  • List ways in which pests can be controlled
  • Name the Regulations that apply to the use of chemicals and pesticides
  • Explain the importance of stock rotation
  • Explain the meaning of ‘FIFO’


30 Minutes


Member – £23+VAT per person

Non-Member – £27+VAT per person

All e-learning course prices are quoted for 1-9 licences.

Discounts are available for bulk purchases of 10+ licences.

Please contact the SOFHT Office for further information on +44 (0)1827 872500 or email