Sorry, there is currently no availability for this course, for further information on when there will be availability for this course, please feel free to contact us.

Enrol for this course

This course is essential for all those involved in the storage, handling and application of pesticides.  In the UK, anyone using a professional pesticide must either have a recognised specified certificate (previously known as a ‘Certificate of Competence’) or be working under the direct supervision, for the purposes of training, with someone who has such a certificate. 

Pa1 is the prerequisite for the suite of Pesticide Application Awards, e.g. Pa2/Pa6 etc. Candidates will not be permitted to undertake assessment of any application award until the Pa1 has been passed.

Note: This course is also available as a Distance Learning option click here to find out more. 

What will I study?

You will study the underpinning knowledge essential for safe pesticide application of pesticides in order to obtain a Pa1 certificate.

What is covered?

The following areas are covered during the course:

  • Know the legislative requirements and codes of practice relating to the use of pesticides
  • Understand the relevance of product information
  • Know how to minimise the risk of human contamination and implement emergency procedures
  • Know how to store and transport pesticides safely
  • Know how to manage and dispose of surplus pesticide and waste materials
  • Know the record keeping requirements
  • Know how to minimise the risk of environmental contamination and implement emergency procedures

How is it delivered and assessed?

This qualification is assessed by undertaking a multiple-choice test online, under the supervision of a City & Guilds Independent Assessor at a mutually convenient date.

What qualification will I get?

You will receive a City & Guilds NPTC Certificate in The Safe Application of Pesticides at the same time you receive your Pa2, Pa6 certificate. Note this is issued directly by City & Guilds NPTC.

What is the cost and venue(s)?

Training is £150.00 per candidate, registration through CEPT is £ 27.00 and certification with City & Guilds NPTC is £35.00, assessment is £60.00 done in the presence of a City & Guilds Assessor on a laptop, total payable £272.00 (No VAT)

Courses will take place our Ryton Centre. However, if you would like this course delivered at your own site please contact us, we would be pleased to discuss viability and cost. please contact Tony Davies by email.

What is the enrolment process?

To book your place on a course, click on the green 'Enrol on this Course' button above; but if you would like this course delivered in the workplace, please contact Tony Davies by email

What else do I need to know?

We have a very high success rate in preparing candidates for assessment, to date we have achieved 100% success!

What can I do after completing this course?

You can go on to train and be assessed on any of the application modules, i.e., Pa2, Pa6 etc, that will then entitle you to use pesticides in a professional capacity as a trained and licensed pesticide spray operator.