Where will this course lead?


This course will enable you to calibrate the correct use of pesticides and legally entitle you to spray pesticides from hand held applicators

What will I study?

If your job involves applying pesticides in a commercial role then you are legally required by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) (Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986) (as amended) to take this qualification.
On PA1 you will study the correct amount of pesticides to use.

This qualification is designed specifically for those who wish to apply pesticides using various types of handheld applicators. On PA6 you will learn how to calibrate the use of pesticides and how to spray correctly over a given area, you will also learn the appropriate clothing that should be worn when spraying (PPE)

How will this course be delivered?

PA1 will be taught by a qualified instructor, usually in a classroom.

PA6 is an oral and practical test again taught by a qualified instructor and then you will be independently assessed by an NPTC qualified assessor who will be appointed by the local assessment centre

What qualifications will I get?


City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in the Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides (PA1) (QCF)
City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticides using Pedestrian Hand Held Equipment (PA6) (QCF)

How will I be assessed?

For PA1 you will have to successfully complete and pass the online e-volve test before you can register for any of the further pesticide qualifications within the new pesticide suite

For PA6 you will be independently assessed using both oral and practical tests

What are the entry requirements?

There are no entry requirements

What else do I need to know?

You cannot go on to do any of the pesticides qualifications until you have completed PA1.

What can I do after this course?

There is a large suite of pesticide qualifications that can be taken and for the list please go to www.nptc.org.uk and look under the heading qualifications.


Blossomfield Campus

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Part Time