The Course

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

Upon successful completion of this course candidates will receive an NPTC Level Two Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides - Hand Held Applicator PA6. This qualification is issued for life, however NPTC recommend that refresher training is carried out every three to four years.

As well as being held at the College this course can be delivered on your own site, using your own equipment ensuring your employees are trained in the environment they are most familiar with and at a time that best suits you.

  • What You Study

    This qualification teaches the candidates to:

    • Prepare a handheld 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 handheld pesticide applicator
    • Carry out the correct procedure for cleaning personal protective equipment and application equipment which may have been contaminated with pesticide.
  • Entry Requirements

    The minimum age for a candidate taking this course is 16 years old. Candidates much have successfully achieved NPTC Level Two Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides - Foundation Unit PA1 prior to attending this course.

    There are no other formal entry requirements for this qualification however candidates will be required to supply their own personal protective equipment which should consist of:

    • Type 6 limited splash coverall
    • Nitrile rubber gloves (0.5mm thick, 300mm long)
    • Wellies
    • Faceshield.
  • Duration

    One day training plus one day assessment.

  • Progression

    • NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides – Ground Crop Sprayer PA2
    • NPTC Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides – Slug Pellet PA4.
  • Cost and Dates

    £249 per person.

    Bishop Burton College Available Dates:

    • Tuesday 18 - Wednesday 19 October
    • Tuesday 15 - Wednesday 16 November 

    Riseholme College Available Dates:

    • Thursday 6 - Friday 7 October
    • Wednesday 7 - Thursday 8 December 
    • Thursday 12 - Friday 13 January 2023
    • Wednesday 8 - Thursday 9 March 2023
    • Wednesday 12 - Thursday 13 April 2023
    • Thursday 11 - Friday 12 May 2023
    • Thursday 25 - Friday 26 May 2023
    • Thursday 15 - Friday 16 June 2023
    • Thursday 29 - Friday 30 June 2023
  • How To Apply

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

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