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NPTC Foundation Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides (PA1)

Course Level: 

College Certificate

Overview of the course: 

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to enable the learner to understand the legislation and requirements of weed control.

Entry requirements: 

There are no formal entry requirements, however candidates will require a good level of literacy and numeracy.


Candidates will cover the safety aspects of pesticides required by all pesticide operators, including Legislation, environmental aspects, PPE, storage, record keeping and mixing methods.

How is the course assessed?: 

The course is assessed in a one hour on-line test with City & Guilds.

Further study options after this course: 

PA1 is the theory side of the pesticides qualification. Once this qualification is held, training for any practical method of application is available. The full qualification is not held until candidates have the PA1 plus any other practical module.

Length of the course: 

1 full day, the course is theory based.


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

The course runs at 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 (18 Jul 2018 11:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

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Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
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