The Course

This course is designed for spray operators and pest control technicians who require a certificate of competence for pesticide spraying.

Passing this unit is required before any other pesticide course can be taken.

  • What You Study

    The course covers the four most commonly used pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and plant growth regulators. It teaches the candidates 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.
  • Entry Requirements

    The minimum age for a candidate taking this course is 16. There are no other formal entry requirements.

  • Cost and Dates

    £219 per person.

    Bishop Burton College Available Dates:

    • Monday 17 October
    • Tuesday 8 November

    Riseholme College Available Dates:

    • Wednesday 7 September
    • Friday 23 September
    • Thursday 13 October
    • Thursday 24 November
    • Thursday 5 January 2023
    • Thursday 16 February 2023
    • Tuesday 28 March 2023
    • Monday 12 June 2023
    • Wednesday 28 June 2023
  • Further Study

    • NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides - Boom Sprayer Unit PA2
    • NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides - Pesticide Granular Application Unit PA4
    • NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides - Handheld Applicator Unit PA6
  • How To Apply

    To book a place or request further information, call us on 01964 553181 or email

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