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SRUC Training Courses: Pesticide PA1 - Safe Handling and Application of Pesticide


This course is suitable for those working in forestry, agriculture, horticulture or greenkeeping. It is based round the National Proficiency Test Council PA1(Foundation) Test and is designed to help people to successfully prepare for their tests. The course lasts for one day, with attendance required to sit the test on another day following the course.
Please be aware that this course is the foundation module for pesticide application. In order to spray pesticide products, an individual must also hold an application module (e.g PA6 or PA2 qualification) in addition to the PA1.

What is Involved?

Safe use of pesticides COSHH and risk assessment
Personal protective equipment
Interpretation of product labels
Storage of chemicals
How to handle spillages
Wind speeds and other spraying conditions
Disposal of empties and leftovers
Emergency procedures
Record keeping

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Certification/Award on Completion

City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Safe Handling and Application of Pesticide (PA1)

Course Dates

SRUC Oatridge Campus:
15th March 2021


1 day training plus a separate date for assessment which will follow on completion of training.

Start/Finish Times

9am to 4.30pm approximately


On Customer Premises, SRUC Aberdeen, SRUC Ayr, SRUC Barony, SRUC Elmwood and SRUC Oatridge


£185.00 per person. Course fees include training, assessment and registration fees. Please note there is no VAT on our training.

Bespoke prices for group bookings are available. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.


Important update

Individual Training Accounts will open on Monday 13 January 2020.

This phase of the scheme will accept up to 10,000 new applications.

SDS Individual Training Accounts (ITA)

You may be eligible for part funding to support the cost of this course.

Get up to £200 towards the cost of a training course with an SDS Individual Training Account (ITA).

You could use the money to build the skills you need for a job. Or get some training to take your career to the next level. Whatever you want to do, there is a wide range of ITA approved courses on offer.
And because it's not a loan you don't have to pay it back.

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How do I book?

To book a place on one of our courses, please complete and return the course booking form to the appropriate campus address or email address shown below. Course fees must be paid in full at the time of booking. Payments can be made over the phone using a debit/credit card, by cheque made payable to SRUC or by Bank Transfer (for bank transfer details please contact your chosen campus).


Cancellations must be made at least 10 working days prior to the course start date otherwise the full course fee is still payable. In the event that SRUC has to cancel a course for any reason your course fees will be refunded in full or your booking transferred to the next available date if this is suitable.


Jemima Dernie (SRUC Barony)

01387 242918

Contact 2

Sandra Sey (SRUC Elmwood)

01334 658868

Contact 3

Samantha Bain (SRUC Oatridge)

01506 534520

Contact 4

Tom Findlay or Fiona Lanni (SRUC Ayr)

01292 525419 01292 525355

Contact 5

Sandra Sey (SRUC Aberdeen)

01224 711121