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NPTC Level 2 Award in the
Safe use of Pesticides

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NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe use of Pesticides Units PA1 & PA6

Foundation Unit PA1

Safe use of Pesticide: Foundation Unit PA1. This course is suitable for those working in forestry, agriculture, horticulture or greenkeeping. It is based round the National Proficiency Test Council PA1 (Foundation) Test and is designed to help people to successfully prepare for their tests.

NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe use of Pesticides Course Objectives

The candidate will be able to:

  • Identify those key aspects of legislation which apply to the use of pesticides.
  • Identify the precautions necessary to use a product safely, using product label information.
  • Identify, select and understand the maintenance and storage of the correct personal protective equipment for use with a particular product as determined by a label and/or COSHH risk assessment. Follow appropriate personal hygiene procedures to prevent personal contamination. Follow the appropriate procedures for dealing with accidental personal contamination.
  • Understand the correct procedures for the storage of pesticides.
  • Understand the correct procedures for the disposal of empty pesticide containers, surplus pesticide and washings.
  • Understand the records that must be kept.
  • Understand the situations where pesticide application may pose a risk to people or the environment.

List of NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe use of Pesticides Course Modules

  • Legislation Product
  • Labels
  • Personal Safety and Contamination
  • Pesticide and container storage
  • Disposal Record keeping
  • Environmental factors

What is Involved?

  • Safe use of pesticides
  • COSHH and risk assessment
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Interpretation of product labels
  • Storage of chemicals
  • How to handle spillages
  • Wind speeds and other spraying conditions
  • Disposal of empties and leftovers
  • Emergency procedures
  • Record keeping

Unit PA6 – Hand Held Applicators

Safe use of Pesticide: PA6 This course is suitable for those working in forestry, agriculture, horticulture or greenkeeping where spraying pesticide is required. It is based around the National Proficiency Test Council PA6 (Hand Held Applicators) Test and is designed to help people to successfully prepare for their tests.

NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe use of Pesticides Course Objectives

Candidates will be able to:

  • Prepare a hand held pesticide applicator for work, calibrate it and operate it to ensure correct application rate without risk to themselves, other people and the environment.
  • Use the information detailed on product labels to determine the approved uses for the product and its potential hazards to human safety, non-target areas and the environment in general.
  • Carry out daily and routine maintenance on a hand held pesticide applicator.
  • Carry out the correct procedure for cleaning personal protective equipment and application equipment which may have been contaminated with pesticide.
  • Carry out calibration of sprayer using an approved method and record results.

NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe use of Pesticides Course Modules

  • Applicator set-up nozzles
  • Read and interpret labels
  • Calibration and calculation
  • Equipment
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Application of pesticide to area
  • Cleaning sprayer and PPE Application Records

What is Involved?

  • Preparing the sprayer and checking components
  • Operating the hand held sprayer in a variety of operating circumstances
  • Out of season maintenance and storage
  • General Safety
  • Calibrating the hand held sprayer
  • Decontamination of sprayer and protective clothing
  • Review

Grandfathers Rights for Pesticide Users Changes to Current Rules notice by City

A current exemption in UK law, commonly known as “grandfather rights”, allows anyone born before 31 December 1964, to use plant protection products (PPPs ) authorised for professional use on their own or their employer’s land, without having to hold a certificate (of competence) although they should still be suitably trained and competent for their job. The Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012 allows this exemption to continue until 26 November 2015, after which everyone who uses PPPs authorised for professional use must have a certificate. In addition, after 26 November 2015, it will be an offence for anyone to purchase PPPs authorised for professional use unless they have ensured that the intended end user has a certificate. If you don’t already have a certificate, you will need to get one by 26 November 2015 so that you can continue to use PPPs as part of your job after that date.


Certification/Award on Completion

  • NPTC Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides Foundation Unit PA1
  • NPTC Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides - Module PA6 Hand Held Applicator

NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe use of Pesticides PA1 & PA6 Course Dates

Call Head Office on 0208 327 3800 for current course dates.