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This assessment requires that where PA1 is not already held, YOU MUST undertake a minimum of one optional unit alongside unit PA1. PA1 alone is not a recognized certificate of competence.
Please add as many individual assessment units as you require from the above drop down menu to the basket, ensuring that PA1 is purchased if you do not already hold it. Where an optional unit is not present in the above drop down menu, please contact us for a quote tailored to your requirements.
Operators applying pesticides on a commercial basis are legally required to hold an appropriate Certificate of Competence by the Control of Pesticide Regulations. Unit PA1 is the foundation unit covering legislation through the approved code of practice, which has to be achieved before taking a practical assessment with a specific type of applicator, such as knapsack sprayer, boom sprayer, seed treatment, etc.
Units of Qualification (A minimum of one optional unit must be completed alongside the mandatory unit (PA1))
PA1 Foundation Module
PA2 Ground crop sprayer – mounted or trailed
PA3 Broadcast or variable geometry boom sprayer –mounted or trailed
PA4 Pesticides granular application – mounted or trailed
PA5 Boat mounted applicators
PA6 Handheld applicator
PA7 Aerial applicator – pilot
PA8 Mixer loader
PA9 Fogging, misting and smokes (Please call us for a quote)
PA10 Batch dipping
PA11 Seed treating equipment
PA12 Application of pesticides to materials as a continuous process via conveyor, roller tables and other moving equipment
PA13 Sub – surface liquid applicators.
PA1 alone is not a recognised Certificate of Competence.
Candidates must be a minimum age of 16 or over.
-Legal requirements of using pesticides correctly and safely
-Product knowledge and label interpretation
-Personal protection equipment requirements (PPE)
-Maintenance of the equipment
-Operator health and safety
-Procedures to minimise environmental contamination and pollution
-Procedures for storing, handling, mixing and disposing of chemicals
-Calculation and mixing of chemicals
-Prevailing weather conditions assessment
-Correct disposal of diluted pesticides
-Clean and store pesticide application equipment correctly and safely
-Understand how to deal with contaminated PPE.
For further information detailing the activities taken during the assessment of each unit please visit the NPTC Assessment Schedule (link opens in a new window).
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Simply add your chosen exam to your basket and complete your order at the checkout. We will then send you a confirmation email confirming your examination request. Then shortly after this we will contact you to complete the neccessary information for your exam registration. This may include:
- Additional personal details
- Selecting from optional modules
- Choice of examination dates
- Choice of examination location
- A Passport Sized Photo
- Date of Birth
- Place of Birth (Animal Transport Assessments only)
Dependending on which exam you are taking.
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