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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, PA6AW 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 PA6AW 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

 PA6INJ at Pitchcare HQ, Allscott, Telford

£310.00 + VAT

This includes all training fees, training materials, NPTC registration and assessment fees.

New dates coming soon:

PA1/PA6A at Pitchcare HQ, Allscott, Telford

£510.00 + VAT

This includes all training fees, training materials, NPTC registration and assessment fees.

NAsOR Members can claim 12 CPD POINTS per course

Thursday 17/Friday 18 November 2016 Assessments Monday 21 November

Last booking date Wednesday 9 November 2016 BOOK NOW

Thursday 8/Friday 9 December 2016 Assessments Monday 12 December

Last booking date Wednesday 30 November 2016 BOOK NOW

  PA1/PA6A at BINSTED, Hampshire

Wednesday 7/Thursday 8 December 2016, Assessments Thursday 15 December

Last booking date Tuesday 29 November 2016 BOOK NOW

PA1/PA6A at Pontyclun FC, South Wales

Tuesday 29/Wednesday 3O November 2016, Assessments Wednesday 7/Thursday 8 December

Last booking date Monday 21 November 2016 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.


£340.00 + VAT

This includes all training fees, training materials, NPTC registration and assessment fees.  Assessments are held on a separate day, a few days after the training.

Please note: PA1 is a prerequisite for this course.

 PA2 at Ferndown, Dorset

New dates coming soon.


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 PA6AW 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 treatment etc). 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.