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Bat Licence Training Programme – at a glance

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Want to quickly compare our Bat Licence Training Programme with that offered by other providers? This blog post provides just the essential information. For a full explanation of our training, please see our other blog post.

Key points

  • We train to Natural England Class 2 licence/ Natural Resources Wales Personal Survey Licence with handling and hand-net endorsements, as standard.
  • Trainees receive two references upon successful completion.
  • The standard bat licence training package costs £2900 and includes 100 contact-hours spread across:
    • 8 live and interactive online sessions (October to April);
    • 8 online drop-in sessions and 2 personal development meetings;
    • a building survey and inspection field day (May);
    • a tree survey and inspection field day (July); and
    • a 2-day, in-person, final assessment course (September). 
  • Speak to us about flexible training packages – study just what you need.
  • Training designed to suit a range of different learning styles. Learn with a tutor who is currently studying to become a Qualified Teacher.
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Practical skills

  • Refine your bat identification and handling skills with exclusive access to online resources and practical training at a field site with 15 species of bat recorded.
  • Practice using endoscopes on known tree roosts, with a high likelihood of seeing bats on-screen.
  • Learn how to safely use and extract bats from a hand-net.
Trainees identifying bats

What you need to do

  • Complete the assignments. Don’t worry, mentoring and support is provided throughout. Formative and summative feedback provided for all assignments.
  • Alongside the training you will need to amass the following extra-curricular experience:
    • A minimum of 100 hours survey experience (e.g. emergence surveys, transect surveys, bat box checks, etc. with bats encountered);
    • At least 10 (non-hibernation) Preliminary Roost Assessments (buildings/built structures) where bats or evidence of bats were found; and
    • At least 2 hibernation visits (with bats found).
  • Upon successful completion you will gain access to the BATS RTS alumni group. This includes free access to our annual CPD and networking day.
Trainee handling a bat

Get in touch

If you are interested in studying for a bat survey licence, please get in touch to arrange a short online Zoom call to discuss your options.

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