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 candidates 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 the 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 candidates with a qualification that meets the Regulation’s requirements to demonstrate occupational competence. Please note that learners must be over 16 years old, 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 course with assessment. The focus of this unit is the safety and legal aspects of handing pesticides. Candidates must complete the assessment successfully to progress to the (PA6) Hand Held Applicators unit.
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.
Successful completion of this unit in addition to the foundation unit will provide the candidate 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 course which can be taken over three days.
All prices are per person and exclusive of VAT.
These courses take place in Stafford, Staffordshire. We are also able to provide in-house onsite training. Please contact us for details.