Course Dates 2019:

  • Training dates: 12th – 14th February      Assessment: 19th February 19 
  • Training dates: 16th – 18th April             Assessment: 30th April 19   
  • Training dates: 11th – 13th June            Assessment: 18th June 19  
  • Training dates: 13th – 15th August         Assessment: 27th August 19  
  • Training dates: 8th – 10th October         Assessment: 15th October 19 
  • Training dates: 10th – 12th December   Assessment: 17th December 19 

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

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

Course costs:

The Course cost for PA1 & PA6 Including 3 days training and 1 day assessment is £444 inc VAT per candidate.

ABC02 - NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Brushcutting Operations

Qualification Overview:

The qualification covers the operation of a nylon cord trimmer, brushcutter or clearing saw. It t includes pre-use checks and maintenance, identification of controls and instruments and operating the machine to remove brush, long grass or small trees as appropriate to the machine. The Certificate is endorsed according to
the type of machine being used.

What you need to do:

Complete a practical test with one to one verbal questioning.

Course costs:

The Course cost for

The course cost for two days training including registration and assessment would be £312 Inc. VAT per candidate.

For a one day course it would be £180 Inc. VAT per candidate, candidates would need to have a good degree of experience. 

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