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College Certificate in the Safe Use of Pesticides (PA6a Refresher)

Course Level: 

College Certificate

Job opportunities after this course: 

Horticulture/Agriculture: This course enables you to update/refresh your skills for the PA6a Safe Use of Pesticides - Hand held knapsack.

Overview of the course: 

A practical course - 1 day. This practical course training will give you the practical skills and knowledge to enable you to refresh your PA6a Safe use of Pesticides - Hand held equipment qualification.

Entry requirements: 

Candidates must hold a PA6a qualification


1. Prepare a hand held pesticide applicator for work, calibrate it and operate it to ensure correct application rate without risk to
themselves, other people and the environment.

2. Use the information detailed on product labels to determine the approved uses for the product and its potential hazards to human
safety, non-target areas and the environment in general.

3. Carry out daily and routine maintenance on a hand held pesticide applicator.

4. Carry out the correct procedure for cleaning personal protective equipment and application equipment which may have been
contaminated with pesticide.

How is the course assessed?: 

Assessment is during course practicals by course tutor.

Further study options after this course: 

Additional practical Pesticide units can be added.

Length of the course: 

1 full day - practical


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

Various times throughout the year subject to demand.

More important information about this course:


Fees are payable in advance.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (21 Feb 2018 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

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