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Pesticide Application (PA1): Safe Use of Pesticides NPTC Level 2 Award

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    For more information or to enrol onto this course, please contact our Business Development team on 01234 291747 or email

This one-day pesticide course is a pre-requisite for studying the PA2, PA6 and PA4 Safe Use of Pesticides qualifications and will enable you to achieve the legally required qualification for the control of pesticide regulations.  It is designed for anyone applying pesticides on a commercial basis. The focus of the course will be on the safety and legal aspects of handling pesticides. It will take place on site at Shuttleworth College and is delivered by one of Shuttleworth's qualified instructors. For those just needing a refresher please contact the sales team for further details.


Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course – you will just an interest in learning the basics of pesticide application.

Course content

You will study the following topics:

  • Identifying those key aspects of legislation which apply to the use of pesticides
  • Identifying the precautions necessary to use a product safely, using product label information
  • Identifying, selecting and understanding the maintenance and storage of the correct personal protective equipment for use with a particular product as determined by a label and/or COSHH risk assessment
  • Following appropriate personal hygiene procedures to prevent personal contamination
  • Following the appropriate procedures for dealing with accidental personal contamination
  • Understanding the correct procedures for the storage of pesticides
  • Understanding the correct procedures for the disposal of empty pesticide containers, surplus pesticide and washings
  • Understanding the records that must be kept
  • Understanding the situations where pesticide application may pose a risk to people or the environment
  • Understanding protective clothing and environmental safety.
  • Understanding record keeping.
  • Understanding pesticide preparation and storage
  • Transportation and disposal.

Assessment methods

This qualification is assessed by an on-line, multiple choice test, normally at the end of the training session on the same day.  Basic computing skills are required, ie knowing how to operate a mouse. 


Pesticide Application : Safe Use of Pesticides NPTC Level 2 Award (PA1)
Further study and career options

The qualification gained from completing this course will be beneficial for your career if you work in the agriculture and horticulture industries, or if you are self-employed in a role such as gardener or groundskeeper. The PA1 qualification is a pre-requisite for registration onto:

  • Pesticide Application (PA2): Ground Crop Sprayer NPTC Level 2 Award
  • Pesticide Application : Pelleted or Granular Pesticides – Mounted or Trailed Applications (Units S or G) NPTC Level 2 Award (PA4)
  • Pesticide Application (PA6A): Hand Held Applicators NPTC Level 2 Award.

Additional information

To take part in this course you must bring PPE (personal protective equipment) and other tools and equipment as listed on the joining instructions. You can also view the PPE and tools list here. These will be emailed to you a few weeks before the course is due to start – please contact us to confirm you have the required items.

Course Information & How to Apply

This course runs on multiple occasions. Choose the date most appropriate for you.

In light of the current coronavirus outbreak this course has unfortunately been postponed. Information regarding our 2020-21 part-time courses will be out in May; please complete our enquiry form and we will alert you when they are released.

Register your interest

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
1 day 15/06/2020 Mon 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £228 Shuttleworth College B1311S9 Course in progress
1 day 13/07/2020 Mon 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £228 Shuttleworth College B1311S10


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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