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PA1 & PA2a


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City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides (PA1) & City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticides Using Self Propelled, Mounted, Trailed Horizontal Boom Sprayers (PA2a)

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Course Description

Anyone who uses a professional pesticide product should not use that pesticide or give instruction to others on its use unless they have received adequate instruction, training and guidance in its correct use. Obtaining a Certificate of Competence is the best way of demonstrating that you are trained to use pesticides and will confirm occupational competence. This legislation applies to all users e.g. agriculture, horticulture, etc.

PA1 is a compulsory module which must be completed by all candidates before they proceed to any of the applicator tests but please note that achieving PA1 does not entitle the holder to apply pesticides and in order to do so candidates will need to achieve the relevant application module. The assessment for this unit will be a computer based test via E-volve. Both the training and the online assessment for the PA1 take place on the first day of the course. 

The PA2a applicator course is suitable for those applying pesticides using self-propelled, mounted, trailed horizontal boom sprayers. 

Course Content – PA1

  1. Know the legislative requirements and codes of practice relating to the use of Outcome 2.
  2. Understand the relevance of product information
  3. Know how to minimise the risk of human contamination and implement emergency procedures
  4. Know how to store and transport pesticides safely
  5. Know how to manage and dispose of surplus pesticide and waste materials
  6. Know the record keeping requirements
  7. Know how to minimise the risk of environmental contamination and implement emergency procedures

Course Content - PA2a

  1. Know the legislative and safety regulations relating to application equipment
  2. Be able to assess the environmental factors relating to the mixing and application site
  3. Be able to read and interpret product information
  4. Be able to prepare and calibrate the applicator
  5. Be able to operate the application equipment
  6. Know how to carry out post-operational procedures

Entry Requirements

Candidates must first achieve PA1 (City & Guilds Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides) before they can be assessed on PA2. The minimum age limit for Candidates taking Certificates of Competence is 16 years. There is no upper age limit. Please note that this qualification requires candidates to carry out calculations as part of the assessment.

*Please note, on the day it will either be a Quad boom sprayer or tractor sprayer, depending on the availability. If you require a specific boom sprayer please enquire. Candidates MUST have had experience of driving both vehicles prior to attending the course, trainers and assessors reserve the right to postpone training and assessment if they feel candidates need more experience*


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