A note from the Chairman - December 2021

Dear Members,

We spoke too soon last month. Even as the note was being sent a month ago, the situation was changing with the Covid pandemic. However, we did get to go ahead with the CPE Workshop Group Face-to-Face Workshops in Dublin, even if a storm tried to stop us as well.

The next event listed was the Social Gathering for January. In light of the ever-changing risks with this virus and the recent changes in restrictions and potential future restrictions imminent, we think it wise to postpone that gathering. We are going to try for a date in late March as we desperately want this to happen.

“It will be a networking social event without agenda where members can meet up, enjoy some food and coffee and chat about the industry, individually or in groups. To add a little bit of interest to the morning, we are suggesting a theme – ‘The History of Pest Control in Ireland’. So, if you have any memories of bygone days, photos of old school characters, logos or memorabilia of long gone pest control companies or if you are a fountain of knowledge of dates and names of pest control companies in Ireland since it first began, please come along and share with us. We will see if we can find some retirees to join us as well.”

There will be another Lantra course running in January for those new to the industry. CPE workshops will be organised within the first quarter. Please remember that the easing of CPE points for the 2020/2021 period will now lapse and all PMU’s will require 50A points per year from here on out.

To revive our Members Area of the IPCA Website, we are going to incorporate a version of this ‘Note’ within it and log-in will allow you to claim CPE points. The details have yet to be ironed out but we will be reporting on our progress with this next month.

A few months back, I asked for anyone who needs a IPCA I.D. Card to send in their name and company name, photos and PMU number and we will see if we can get them printed for you. All ‘first time’ cards will be printed free of charge, replacement cards will be subject to a small fee. Send by mail to IPCA, Tallaght Enterprise Centre, Main Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

In case you missed it, John Lusby, of Birdwatch Ireland and Tutor with the CPE Workshop Group was on the RTE ‘Ear to the Ground’ show last week. You can catch it on the RTE Player.

Again, if anyone has any news that they think members may be interested in, feel free to forward to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And that brings me to the end of this ‘note’, the last of 2021. I would just like to thank our Board and our secretary for the work put in, in 2021. They are all passionate about the Association and the industry and don’t mind giving up their time to represent you all. Sometimes it’s not easy, and I really appreciate the effort the whole team makes. Thank You.

And to you, our members, thank you for your support. We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Keep safe and Healthy and we will see you back here in 2022.

All the best for now,

Philip

Philip Cranley – 20th December 2021

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A note from the Chairman - November 2021

Dear Members,

There is no such thing as a free lunch!

However, the IPCA would like to invite you to a free breakfast. We are hoping that the current crisis with increased numbers of Covid hospitalisations will peak and drop before Christmas and with that in mind we would like to hold a social event for our members on Tuesday January 18th 9am to 12noon. It will be a networking social event without agenda, where members can meet up, enjoy some food and coffee and chat about the industry, individually or in groups. To add a little bit of interest to the morning, we are suggesting a theme – ‘The History of Pest Control in Ireland’. So, if you have any memories of bygone days, photos of old school characters, logos or memorabilia of long gone pest control companies or if you are a fountain of knowledge of dates and names of pest control companies in Ireland since it first began, please come along and share with us. We will see if we can find some retirees to join us as well. It will be a ticketed event (Contact Tracing) and details will follow shortly.

We also have had calls for a face-to-face classroom style training event. So the CPE Workshop Group are organising three workshops to run all in the one day in Dublin on the 8th December. Details will follow shortly. Again this will depend on Covid Restrictions. We are approaching year end and we would like to remind you that this is also the end of the two year cycle for CPE points, to retain your PMU. As you know, the department allowed for PMU’s to stretch the usual 12 month 50 point quota over the last two years. For anyone who is unsure of their points for this 2020/2021 period, please check with your CPE Scheme Provider via their website portal.

We would like to also praise Killgerm for offering to run an on-line event in early December through the IPCA. This will be a short event but may help people who are missing just a handful of CPE points and it will be run free of charge. Details will follow.

Again, if anyone has any news that they think members may be interested in, feel free to forward to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Keep well.

All the best for now,

Philip

Philip Cranley – 16th November 2021

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A note from the Chairman - June 2021

Dear Members,

I hope you are all well,

It is a pleasure of mine to produce this 'Note' every month to let you know of any changes, news or works that the board have done on behalf of members. In general, these ‘notes’ are well received but once or twice I have come under criticism for my choice or words. Examples of this are when I used the phrases 'a bucket of poison and a white van and off you go' and on last month’s note 'an association that was on its knees a few years ago'. These were light-hearted exaggerations used to emphasise changes for the good, and in no way were intended as a negative reflection on the board, previous boards or the association as a whole. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am immensely proud of the works of all boards over our 20 year history. This ‘note’ is not an official document but just a personal message to members and I try to make the sometimes 'dry' news sound as entertaining as is possible by adding a little humour, so please do not be offended by my choice of words.

We are now into the last half of 2021 and also the last 6 months of the two year period for CPE Points. As you know, the department allowed for PMU’s to stretch the usual 12 month 50 point quota over the two years due to lack of courses last year, with the pandemic affecting everything. The CPE Workshop Group have delivered quite a few workshops over the past 8 months but demand seemed to be waning, so have taken a break. However, there are many courses already approved for CPE points and ready to be delivered if there is a need. I would like to put a call out for anyone that has maybe just realised that they don’t have the points needed, for them to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know how many people you have for training. With this info we can develop a schedule for the rest of the year ensuring that everyone that needs points have the opportunity to get them.

Again, if anyone has any news that they think members may be interested in, feel free to forward to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Keep well.

All the best for now,

Philip

Philip Cranley – 29th June 2021

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A note from the Chairman - October 2021

Dear Members,

We are approaching year end and we would like to remind you that this is also the end of the two year cycle for CPE points, to retain your PMU. As you know, the department allowed for PMU’s to stretch the usual 12 month 50 point quota over the two years due to lack of courses last year, with the pandemic affecting everything. So if you got your 50 points in 2020, you do not need to do further this year. But for anyone that hasn’t filled their quota, the CPE Workshop group are taking bookings now for On-Line CPE Workshops that will run on Wednesday mornings from Wednesday 20th October. For anyone who is unsure of their points for this 2020/2021 period, please check with your CPE Scheme Provider via their website portal. The schedule and Booking form will be attached with this ‘Note’.

The IPCA issued a Photo I.D. Card (with PMU number) to members, free of charge, a year or two ago and was well received. We have had requests recently by members who have taken on new staff, for the issue of a card and also some original cards were lost or damaged. These cards were produced by a contractor and is subject to a minimum order. We would like to ask members to submit details (Name, Company, PMU number and a Passport Photo) by mail to IPCA, Tallaght Enterprise Centre, Main Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Again, any new applications for cards will be free of charge but replacement cards will be subject to a small fee. It may take some time before cards will be available.

Again, if anyone has any news that they think members may be interested in, feel free to forward to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Keep well.

All the best for now,

Philip

Philip Cranley – 13th October 2021

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A note from the Chairman - April 2021

Dear members

I hope you are all well,

Another year has flown by and it is time for our AGM again. Unfortunately, we are still restricted in our travels and meetings and so for the second year running the AGM will be held on-line. We hope to finalise a date for the end of May and you should receive the annual accounts, reports and notices shortly.

Another casualty of the pandemic has been the Membership Audits. We are way behind our targets and are actively looking at a way to run these audits on-line. In particular, we have a backlog of new members who have not had any audit and these will be given priority, with a random selection of existing members for this year.

In other news, we are actively seeking approval to run an international conference on Pest Management and Food Safety in the coming years. But in the short term we hope to be able to run a free event with CPE training opportunities in the autumn, if restrictions allow. The IPCA Lantra course has been run a few times on-line and is a success and there have been 12 workshops run by the CPE Workshop Group in the past 6 months. Many more to come.

Keep well.

All the best for now,

Philip

Philip Cranley – 26th April 2021

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