Sprayer Training towards passing an NPTC Assessment
In the UK it is a legal requirement for most people who are spraying with professional pesticides to hold an NPTC (now City & Guilds Land Based Services) pesticides certificate of competence, otherwise known as a spraying certificate or a pesticide license. The training required for spraying certification by undertaking a pesticides application course is detailed on this page. These courses are offered to assist someone to pass an NPTC assessment so that they can safely and legally use pesticides application equipment. Some people still call these courses NPTC sprayer courses.
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Pesticide Training - Course Dates and Prices
We offer training to give the information to help a candidate pass most of the NPTC (now City & Guilds Land Based Services) Pesticide Application units. Our most popular course is Pesticides Application - PA1 and Pesticides Application - PA6 knapsack spraying, otherwise known as a hand held applicator course. This is offered as a combined 3 day course with the computer based PA1 test on the second afternoon. For further information and prices please see the course application form below.
The PA6 test is normally held during the following 7 days and is not part of the course.
For examples of the PA1 computer based questions, please see here.
For an example of PA1 and PA6 course content follow the link.
Our next combined PA1 and PA6 course will be held December 16th - 18th 2013 at Lenham near Maidstone, Kent.
The next Maidstone date after that will be April 2nd - 4th 2014.
Our pesticide application courses are held on a number of different sites dependant on demand. They may also be held on your own site if required. Enquiries
Pesticides Application - PA2 tractor spraying courses are also held on a regular basis.
The next PA2 tractor spraying course will be held February 3rd - 4th 2014.
If required, courses can be used for NASOR (National Amenity Sprayer Operators Register) CPD points, NRoSO (National Register of Sprayer Operators) CPD points and BASIS CPD points, please ask for details. Enquiries
The NPTC PA1 test is assessed by a computer based test similar to that of the theory driving test. See here for examples of the computer based questions. The PA6 and other units are practically assessed one to one. If required, the Assessment Schedules can be downloaded from the NPTC website. Please contact us for further details. Enquiries
The pesticides code of practice entitled 'Pesticides, code of practice for using plant protection products' can be downloaded from the Chemicals Regulation Directorate website.
All of the trainers we use have extensive practical experience of pesticides use. Our principal instructor, Ian Gower, is a member of the BASIS Professional Register and he has been involved in pesticides training and certification both before and since the NPTC units have been offered .
Apart from a combined PA1 and PA6 3 day course with the PA1 computer based test on the second afternoon, courses are of one day duration assuming a previous level of competence or experience. Training for PA2A and other mounted or trailed applicators are generally run over two days for new operators or one day for a person with previous experience.
PA1 FOUNDATION MODULE (Safe Use of Pesticides) - The successful completion of this module will be a condition of entry to any other module such as knapsack spraying.
PA6A HAND HELD
APPLICATOR - Knapsack sprayers etc, etc, also Walkover type sprayers (if
the wheels are propelled by the operator)
PA6AW HAND HELD
PA2A GROUND CROP SPRAYER (Tractor mounted sprayers etc etc)
PA2AR VEHICLE MOUNTED KERB SPRAYER, eg Quad Bike
PA9 FOGGING, MISTING
SPRAYER WITH AIR ASSISTANCE
PA3B VARIABLE GEOMETRY BOOM SPRAYER WITH AIR ASSISTANCE
PESTICIDE GRANULE APPLICATOR
PESTICIDE SLUG PELLET APPLICATOR
Except for PA1, assessment will take place on another date after the course. Assessment will be charged as an extra cost and fees are from £64.90 - £116.40 per assessment dependant on the units taken plus a registration fee of £21.10 for PA1 and £27.60 for other units (PA6, PA2, PA3 etc). These fees set by the local Proficiency Test Committee and are payable direct to them. If required we will be happy to contact Field House Assessments Ltd to arrange your assessments. NPTC registration for re-assessment is £21.10.
Please note that attendance on a course does not necessarily mean that a person will pass the assessment; most people will need to practise before taking the applicator test. For further information please contact Enquiries.
Other units that can be offered on demand
PA2C GROUND CROP SPRAYER
PA2D GROUND CROP SPRAYER
PA2E GROUND CROP SPRAYER
PA2F WICK APPLICATOR
PA5A BOAT MOUNTED
PA5B BOAT MOUNTED
PA6C HAND HELD APPLICATOR
PA6CW HAND HELD APPLICATOR
PA6D HAND HELD APPLICATOR
PA10 BATCH DIPPING
PA11 SEED TREATING
PA12 APPLICATION OF
PESTICIDES TO MATERIAL AS A CONTINUOUS PROCESS VIA CONVEYER, ROLLER TABLES
AND OTHER MOVING EQUIPMENT
PA13 SUB SURFACE LIQUID APPLICATOR Any mounted or trailed sub surface liquid applicator