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Pesticide Training

SRUC offers a range of pesticide training courses leading to City & Guilds NPTC Certificate of Competence assessments for sprayer operators. These courses are relevant if you spray or store chemicals as part of your job role and are suitable across a wide range of land-based industries.

Our most popular courses are commonly referred to as PA1, PA6 and PA2.

PA1

This course is suitable for those working in forestry, agriculture, horticulture or greenkeeping. It is designed to help you prepare for the National Proficiency Test Council PA1 (Foundation) test.

This course is the foundation module for pesticide application. In order to spray pesticide products, an individual must also hold an application module (such as a PA6 or PA2 qualification) in addition to the PA1. There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Duration: one day, with attendance required to sit the test on another day
Cost: £185

PA2

This course is suitable for those working in forestry, agriculture, horticulture or greenkeeping. It is designed to help you prepare for the National Proficiency Test Council PA2 (Mounted Crop Sprayers) test. The course is aimed at those intending to apply pesticides or currently spraying pesticides using a tractor mounted boom sprayer or a weed wiper from an ATV.

Candidates must pass their PA1 assessment prior to completing testing for PA2.

Duration: one day, with attendance required to sit the test on another day
Cost: £355

PA6

This course is suitable for those working in forestry, agriculture, horticulture or greenkeeping where spraying pesticide is required. It is designed to help you prepare for the National Proficiency Test Council PA6 (Handheld Applicators) test.

Candidates must pass their PA1 assessment prior to completing testing for PA6

Duration: one day, with attendance required to sit the test on another day
Cost: £285


Chainsaw Crosscutting and Maintenance

This training course covers chainsaw maintenance, crosscutting and stacking techniques tailored to the your needs. It is delivered by qualified instructors and leads to Lantra Awards certification. There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Duration: two days. 9am-4:30pm
Cost: £305


Emergency First Aid at Work

In this training and assessment course you’ll learn the key techniques to administer first aid. At the end of the course, you will receive a Lantra certificate of competence in Emergency First Aid at Work and a Skills Identity Card.

Duration: one day. 9am-4pm
Cost: £105

+F First Aid

Candidates can sit a one-day Emergency First Aid at Work +F if required. This builds on the Emergency First Aid at Work course by concentrating on the special skills which relate to forestry. Our course has been developed to comply with Forestry and Land Scotland Policy and in consultation with Forestry Industry Safety Accord (FISA).

Duration: one day. 9am-5pm
Cost: £105


Animal Transportation Short Journey

This assessment allows you to apply for a Certificate of Competence required for people involved in the movement of animals over 65km (40 miles) and less than eight hours in duration. The Certificate is endorsed against one or more categories (sheep, cattle, pigs, horses, goats...), and meets the EU Regulation and Welfare of Animals (Transport) (Scotland) Order 2006.

The assessment takes place on a computer, and you are required to answer 27 multiple choice questions. The minimum satisfactory score to pass is 21 marks. There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Duration: one hour. Flexible starting time
Cost: £95

Find out more about our training courses

South Scotland training courses

Training courses on offer at SRUC Barony, Dumfries and SRUC Riverside, Ayr.

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North Scotland training courses

Training courses on offer at SRUC Craibstone, Aberdeen and SRUC Elmwood, Fife.

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