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NPTC Safe Use of Pesticides

From January 2015, NPTC revised the Assessments for Safe Use of Pesticides training. Separate assessments are now required for PA1, PA6A, PA6W and PA6INJ.

Grandfather Rights expired on 26 November 2015.

From this date, you are operating illegally if you are now applying professional pesticides without the required NPTC qualification.

It is also now an offence for anyone to purchase pesticides authorised for professional use unless they have ensured that the intended end user has a certificate.

Our monthly 2-day spraying courses will include PA1 and PA6A. PA6INJ will be held on a separate day periodically. If candidates also require PA6W they will need to state this at the time of booking, and there will be an additional charge for the extra assessment.

Email chris@pitchcare.com to register your interest.

NPTC Safe Use of Pesticides Courses

£310.00 + VAT, which includes all training fees, training materials, NPTC registration and assessment fees.

PA6INJ at Pitchcare HQ, Allscott, Telford

£310.00 + VAT, which includes all training fees, training materials, NPTC registration and assessment fees.

Monday 29 February, Assessments Tuesday 1 March

Last booking date Friday 19 February BOOK NOW

Friday 18 March, Assessments Thursday 24 March

Last booking date Thursday 10 March BOOK NOW

Friday 22 April, Assessments Monday 25 April

Last booking date Thursday 14 April BOOK NOW

Friday 6 May, Assessments Monday 9 May

Last booking date Thursday 28 April BOOK NOW

PA1/PA6A at Pitchcare HQ, Allscott, Telford

The cost for all our 2-day PA1/PA6A training courses is £510.00 + VAT, which includes all training fees, training materials, NPTC registration and assessment fees.

NAsOR Members can claim  12 CPD POINTS per course

Thursday 25/Friday 26 February, Assessments Monday 29 February

Last booking date Wednesday 17 February Fully Booked

Thursday 7/Friday 8 April, Assessments TBC

Last booking date Wednesday 30 March BOOK NOW

Thursday 14/Friday 15 April, Assessments Monday 18 April

Last booking date Wednesday 6 April BOOK NOW

Thursday 12/Friday 13 May, Assessments Wednesday 18 May

Last booking date Wednesday 4 May BOOK NOW

Thursday 9/Friday 10 June, Assessments Monday 13 June

Last booking date Wednesday 1 June BOOK NOW

Thursday 21/Friday 22 July, Assessments Monday 25 July

Last booking date Wednesday 13 July BOOK NOW

PA1/PA6A at Binsted, Hampshire 

Monday 21/Tuesday 22 March 2016, Assessments TBC

Last booking date Friday 11 March BOOK NOW

Monday 25/Tuesday 26 April 2016, Assessments TBC

Last booking date Friday 15 April BOOK NOW

 PA1/PA6A at Ferndown, Dorset

Wednesday 2/Thursday 3 March 2016, Assessments TBC

Last booking date Tuesday 23 February BOOK NOW

PA1/PA6A REFRESHER – venues/dates as above

The cost for all our PA1/PA6A Refresher courses (Allscott, Ferndown or Binsted)  is £230.00 + VAT.

email chris@pitchcare if you wish to attend.


The cost for our 1-day PA2 training course is £310.00 + VAT, which includes all training fees, training materials, NPTC registration and assessment fees.  Assessments are held on a separate day, a few days after the training. PA1 is a prerequisite for this course.

PA2 at Allscott

Friday 1 April, Assessments Monday 4 April

Last booking date Thursday 24 March BOOK NOW

Friday 24 June, Assessments Monday 27 June

Last booking date Thursday 16 June BOOK NOW


NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Pesticides


Alongside our regular PA1/PA6A courses at Allscott, just NW of Telford, we also offer PA6W which deals with the application of pesticides in, or near, a water course.

This is an ideal preparation for our 1-day, NPTC, Stem Injection Treatment course for the control of invasive species such as Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam and Rhododendron, which is also offered regularly at Allscott and on site for clients in the W Midlands area. For further information, send your details and an outline of your requirements to chris@pitchcare.com.


About the NPTC Qualification

This is a legally required qualification by the Control of Pesticide Regulations for anyone applying pesticides on a commercial basis. It is divided in to 13 units.

Unit PA1 is the foundation unit covering legislation through the approved code of practice.

Units PA2 -13 are the practical units, specific to type of applicator being used such as knapsack sprayer, boom sprayer, seed treatment, etc.

Key Points

It is a legal requirement that any person

  • Wishing to apply pesticides to land or property not owned or occupied by them or their immediate employer
  • Who is required to supervise a person who does not hold a certificate but is required to use pesticides


Benefits of the Qualification

  • Satisfies the legal requirements of the Control of Pesticide Regulations
  • Enables the holder to apply pesticides safely
  • Minimises the risk of environmental pollution
  • Meets Farm Assurance Scheme criteria
  • Promotes a professional image
  • Contributes CPD points towards NRoSO membership.


The assessment is in two parts and candidates must successfully complete the PA1 Foundation module before they can take the second part.

PA1this module is assessed by computer based multiple choice questions.

PA2 -13 are specific to type of applicator being used (i.e. knapsack sprayer, boom sprayer, seed treatmentetc). The assessment requires a practical demonstration of the candidate’s competence for the application module being taken.

Underpinning knowledge and understanding will be assessed orally.

Candidates need PA1 plus at least one application module to be awarded a certificate of competence.

Candidates may provide his/her own equipment. Any equipment provided by the candidate must comply with legal regulations.

Knowledge to be assessed

  • Legal requirements of using pesticides correctly and safely
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements
  • Procedures for storing, handling and mixing pesticides
  • Procedures for disposal of contaminated waste and surplus pesticides
  • Maintenance requirements of application equipment
  • Operator health and safety
  • Procedures to minimise environmental contamination and pollution

Skills to be assessed

  • Select and wear correct PPE
  • Calibrate equipment correctly
  • Interpret product information
  • Calculate and mix correct quantity of pesticide
  • Apply correct amount of pesticide safely
  • Assess prevailing weather conditions
  • Undertake operational adjustments as required
  • Dispose of surplus diluted pesticides correctly and safely
  • Clean out and store pesticides application equipment correctly and safely
  • Take action as appropriate to deal with contaminated PPE

Units of the Qualification – Most often required by Groundsmen and Greenkeepers

PA1 Foundation module

PA2 Ground Crop Sprayer – mounted or trailed

PA4 Pesticide granular application – mounted or trailed

PA6 Handheld applicator

Details of additional practical module are available on request.

Copies of the schedules detailing the assessment criteria for all of the above units can be downloaded

From the NPTC website at www.nptc.org.uk/assessment-schedules

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Safe Use of Pesticides: This course is a legally required qualification by the Control of Pesticide Regulations for anyone applying pesticides on a commercial basis. It is divided into 13 units. Read More.