Preparation and maintenance of the sprayer

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This course will cover legislation, preparation and maintenance of the sprayer, as well as nozzle selection, calibration and safe operation. The training will based on the use of a tractor mounted Air Assisted Sprayer.

Course Outline

  • Legal requirements
  • Environmental risks
  • Understanding the label
  • Set up and efficiency of air system
  • Applicator controls and components
  • Preparation of prime mover and equipment
  • Safe driving
  • Nozzle identification/ uses
  • Calibration
  • Mechanical defects
  • Measuring and mixing pesticides
  • Sprayer application
  • Completion of application record sheets
  • Cleaning and storage procedures

Equipment Required

  • Coveralls; type 3,4 or 5 & 6 as per code of practice
  • Face shield; full face protection
  • Nitrile gloves (minimum of 0.5mm thickness and 300mm long) as per code of practice
  • Wellington or full length water repellent boots with a good grip and must have steel toe cap
  • Calculator (not on a mobile phone)
  • Stop watch
  • Notepad and Pen

Please do not delay your booking – to guarantee your place, please book 2 weeks in advance of course date

Entry Requirements:

PA1 – As this is a short and very intense course, we cannot include tractor driving training. Therefore candidates for this application unit must either hold a tractor driving certificate or be a regular and competent tractor driver.

Dates & Location:

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Time: 9:00 - 17:00

Location: Rock Lodge Vineyard RH17 7NG – Plumpton College


1 day plus a separate assessment


Assessment Fee: £182

Tuition Fee: £250

Total: £432

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