It is both illegal to use controlled pesticides or to purchase them for use by someone for professional purposes that does not have an appropriate qualification. Both holiday and residential park operators fall within the scope of the Regulations and will need to comply with them.
There are a number of units within the use of pesticides qualifications, but only 2 will usually be required for use on parks:
The foundation (PA1) unit is mandatory and must be successfully completed before learners can progress to the recommended second unit (PA6). Both units are required to obtain the NPTC qualification which is recognised as demonstrating occupational competence and is the accepted licence to practice the use of pesticides in industry. The units can be taken separately or as a combined package.
Please see below for further details and course availability
The combination of the following units will provide learners with a qualification that meets the Regulation’s requirements to demonstrate occupational competence. Please note that learners must be over 16 years, to be physically fit to carry out the use of pesticides and have the application of reading ability (in English) to understand and interpret pesticide product information.
This is the foundation unit which is a two-day classroom based learning course with assessment. The focus of this unit is the safety and legal aspects of handing pesticides. Learners must complete the assessment successfully to progress to the (PA6) Hand Held Applicators unit.
The course includes:
This unit is required by anyone wishing to apply pesticides using a hand-held lance or knapsack type applicator. The unit is achieved through a two-day assessed course with classroom based learning and practical exercises.
The course will include:
Successful completion of this unit in addition to the foundation unit will provide the learner with the Pesticide Application qualification. The qualification is a lifelong achievement; however, we recommend that those working with pesticides take refresher learning within every five years.
Both the PA1 and PA6 units can be taken separately. However, we are also able to offer them as a combined programme which can be taken over three-days.
All prices exclude vat.
These courses take place in Stafford, Staffordshire. We are also able to provide in-house onsite training. Please contact us for details.