Prepare and use hand held pesticides applicators

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Course outline

  • Environmental risks
  • Legal and safety requirements
  • Interpretation of the label
  • Preparation and maintenance of the knapsack sprayer
  • Nozzle types and uses
  • Calibration
  • Filling and mixing procedures
  • Safe spraying application
  • Application record sheets
  • Cleaning and storage procedures
  • Safe disposal of unwanted pesticides

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 legength water repellent boots with a good grip and must have steel toe cap
  • Calculator (not on a mobile phone)
  • Stop watch
  • Notepad and Pen

Course reference: PEP008

Entry Requirements:

The entry requirements for the course are: PA1 Safe use of pesticides.

Dates & Location:


Monday 22nd January- Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Tuesday 6th February- Wednesday 7th January 2018

Tuesday 6th March- Wednesday 7th March 2018

Tuesday 10th April- Wednesday 11th April 2018

Tuesday 24th April- Wednesday 25th April 2018

Tuesday 5th June- Wednesday 6th June 2018

Location: Flimwell


2 days plus a separate assessment day.


£275 plus a £139 mandatory exam fee.


Come and discover our excellent agriculture facilities at Plumpton - set in the backdrop of the beautiful South Downs. You’ll find the latest state of the art equipment plus all the different types of farmland for you to experience here at Plumpton. 

  • Lots of space for you to work in

Our 780-hectare commercial farming estate gives you the opportunity to experience different livestock and arable farming.

  • The latest equipment for you to discover

We’ve got a modern 300 cow dairy unit complete with 36:36 Herringbone milking parlour where you’ll gain hands-on experience.

  • An extensive range of livestock for you to experience

You’ll get to work with our Sussex beef cattle, sow pig unit plus our extensively managed flock of 550 sheep.

  • The perfect environment for you to study

You’ll enjoy practical lessons where you’ll gain hands-on farming experience in our modern classrooms and farming sites.

Future Opportunities

  • NPTC PA6AW Hand Held Application In or Near Water with Hydraulic Nozzle 
  • NPTC PA6INJ Hand Held Application Using Injection Equipment

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