PA1 - Safe Use of Pesticides - Training Plus - Health & Safety Courses
7 days City & Guilds Certificate of Competence

Course Summary

Anyone who uses Pesticides (approved for use in Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry) in the course of their job is legally required to have a Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Pesticides.

In order to achieve the certificate, training is recommended. This training can be obtained via one of two routes:

Route 1. If born after 31 December 1964

Foundation      Module (PA1): Everyone must do this
Application      Modules (PA2a, Pa2f, Pa3a, PA6a etc): The candidate chooses the most appropriate module

Route 2.  If born before 31 December 1964

Grandfather      Rights, Unit 051 and Unit 052 (knapsack sprayer)
Grandfather      Rights, Unit 051 and Unit 053 (boom sprayer).

Route 2 only allows you to use pesticide on your own land. This training and assessment requires you to be able to read and understand a pesticide product label and to carry out some calculations. An alternative to this training and assessment would be to get someone with a Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Pesticides to apply pesticide for you or have another family member trained to get the Certificate.

On successful completion of this course, candidates will be awarded a City & Guilds Certificate of Competence.

Who is it for?

Anyone who uses Pesticides (approved for use in Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry) in the course of their job.

You will need

Candidates are required to have access to appropriate equipment to demonstrate spraying pesticides.

Your skill level

No previous experience necessary


Do I need to pay for my training before I do it?

Yes you do, you can pay online when you book your course, or call 0845 872 3411 and pay with a credit card over the phone. Customers with credit terms, please call Training Plus to book your course on 0845 872 3411.

Am I going to feel safe during my course participation?

Beside the fact that our staff and the environment of the school will make you feel happy and safe, CCTV is operating in most of the school’s areas.

What is a pesticide?

Pesticides are toxic chemicals designed, as the name suggests, to kill ‘pests’: any living thing which can damage crops. Pesticides include several categories:insecticides are designed to kill insects; herbicides kill weeds, and so on.

What’s wrong with pesticides?

Pesticides are designed to be toxic. Many pesticides are severely harmful to human health and the environment, and responsible for the poisoning of numerous people, livestock and wildlife.Some have been linked to cancer. Some are based on WW2 nerve gases and damage the nervous system, whether insect or human. Many also disrupt the hormonal balance in our body: they threaten our potential to reproduce, and to have healthy offspring. Finally, some pesticides remain in the environment for decades: they accumulate in the fatty tissues of animals and contaminate the environment far from where they were used.