Anyone who uses Pesticides (approved for use in Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry) in the course of their job is legally required to have a Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Pesticides.
In order to achieve the certificate, training is recommended. This training can be obtained via one of two routes:
Route 1: If born after 31 December 1964
- Foundation Module (PA1): Everyone must do this
- Application Modules (PA2A, PA2F, PA3A, PA6A etc): The candidate chooses the most appropriate module
Route 2: If born before 31 December 1964
- Grandfather Rights, Unit 051 and Unit 052 (knapsack sprayer)
- Grandfather Rights, Unit 051 and Unit 053 (boom sprayer)
Route 2 only allows you to use pesticide on your own land. This training and assessment requires you to be able to read and understand a pesticide product label and to carry out some calculations. An alternative to this training and assessment would be to get someone with a Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Pesticides to apply pesticide for you or have another family member trained to get the Certificate.
Who is the training for?
Anyone who uses Pesticides (approved for use in Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry) in the course of their job.
- Knowledge of the sprayer
- Interpret product label
- Check the sprayer
- Calibrate the sprayer
- Prepare and add pesticide to tank
- Carry out an environmental risk assessment
- Apply the pesticide
- Cleaning and Records
Candidates must be competent tractor drivers in order to complete this module.
One to one questioning and spraying of an area. Assessed by an approved City & Guilds Assessor. Duration 3 Hours.