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Sprayer Training towards passing an NPTC Assessment

 

Introduction

 

In the UK it is a legal requirement for 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.

 

If you have previously taken the test and lost your certificate - click here to be taken to the City and Guilds (NPTC) website.  They will be able to help you.

 

 

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 - PA6A 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 contact me.

 

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 PA1 and PA6A course dates are April 13th to 15th 2016 or May 23rd to 25th at East Malling, near Maidstone.

 

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.

 

Other modules are as requested, details are given below. Prices start from £95.00 per person per day with group discounts. See breakdown of costs for our most popular courses or contact us.

 

 

CPD

 

If required, courses can be used for BASIS Amenity Training Register CPD points, NRoSO (National Register of Sprayer Operators) CPD points and BASIS Professional Register CPD points, please ask for details.

 

 

Assessment

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

Initial Module

 

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.

 

Application Modules

 

PA6A PEDESTRIAN HAND HELD APPLICATOR TO APPLY PESTICIDE TO LAND - Knapsack sprayers etc, etc, also Walkover type sprayers (if the wheels are propelled by the operator)  Hydraulic Nozzle and/or Rotary Atomiser Types

 

PA6AW PEDESTRIAN HAND HELD APPLICATOR TO APPLY PESTICIDE TO OR NEAR WATER

Application to water using Hydraulic Nozzle or Rotary atomiser type sprays (if PA6A is already held we also offer updating sessions)

 

PA6INJ OPERATING HAND HELD PESTICIDE INJECTION EQUIPMENT

For example: Japanese Knotweed Stem Injectors

 

PA6PP INSTALLING PESTICIDE PLUGS IN TREE STUMPS

For example: Ecoplugs

 

PA2A GROUND CROP SPRAYER (Tractor mounted sprayers etc etc)

 

PA2AR VEHICLE MOUNTED KERB SPRAYER, eg Quad Bike

 

PA9 FOGGING, MISTING AND SMOKES

Any hand held and/or pedestrian controlled pesticide application equipment designed to produce a fog, mist or smoke

 

PA3A BROADCAST SPRAYER WITH AIR ASSISTANCE

- Mounted or Trailed

 

PA3B VARIABLE GEOMETRY BOOM SPRAYER WITH AIR ASSISTANCE

- Mounted or Trailed

 

PA4G PESTICIDE GRANULE APPLICATOR

- Mounted or Trailed

 

PA4S PESTICIDE SLUG PELLET APPLICATOR

- Mounted or Trailed

 

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 £76.00 - £157.50 per assessment dependant on the units taken plus a registration fee of £30.00. 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.

 

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

Boom type Twin Fluid Nozzle

 

PA2D GROUND CROP SPRAYER

Electro-statically charged

 

PA2E GROUND CROP SPRAYER

Boom type fitted with downward air assistance

 

PA2F WICK APPLICATOR

Boom or frame type

 

PA5A BOAT MOUNTED APPLICATOR

Hydraulic Nozzle Boom

 

PA5B BOAT MOUNTED APPLICATOR

Granule Applicator

 

PA6G HAND HELD APPLICATOR

Granule Applicator

 

PA6GW HAND HELD APPLICATOR

Application near to water using granule applicators

 

PA6MC HAND HELD APPLICATOR

Hand held applicators requiring minimal calibration

 

PA10 BATCH DIPPING

Any equipment designed for the purpose of applying pesticides by immersion.

 

PA11 SEED TREATING EQUIPMENT

Mobile and Static Equipment

Any equipment designed to apply pesticides to cereal grains, pulses and other seeds and which is mounted on a mobile vehicle or is in a fixed static position

 

PA12 APPLICATION OF PESTICIDES TO MATERIAL AS A CONTINUOUS PROCESS VIA CONVEYER, ROLLER TABLES AND OTHER MOVING EQUIPMENT

Any equipment designed to apply pesticides as a continuous process to materials being transported on a moving conveyer, roller table or other moving equipment

 

PA13 SUB SURFACE LIQUID APPLICATOR Any mounted or trailed sub surface liquid applicator

* Required

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