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SRUC Training Courses: Pesticide Application: PA2 - Vehicle Mounted or Trailed Applicator


Safe use of Pesticide: PA2
This course is suitable for those working in forestry, agriculture, horticulture or greenkeeping. It is based around the National Proficiency Test Council PA2 (Mounted Crop Sprayers) Test and is aimed at those intending to apply pesticides or currently spraying pesticide using a tractor mounted boom sprayer or a weed wiper from an ATV. The course lasts for one day, with attendance required to sit the test on another day following the course.

What is Involved?

• Preparation for work
• Setting and testing application rate
• Preparing pesticides for work and filling sprayer
• Spray drift and environmental factors
• Out of season maintenance and storage
• General safety
• Checking and fitting pump
• Cleaning and inspection
• Setting boom height
• Field operation
• Field practice

Entry Requirements

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

Certification/Award on Completion

City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Safe Application of Pesticides Using Self Propelled, Mounted, Trailed Horizontal Boom Sprayers

What you will need to bring

Appropriate PPE including
• Coveralls (disposable/limited use or reusable suits) e.g Tyvek Type 4, 5 or 6
• Nitrile Glovese.g Mapa ultranitrile 491 or 493
• Eye & Face protections e.g F800 Browgaurd Faceshield
• Wellington boots
Calculator, Passport Photograph

Course Dates

no current dates


1 day training plus a separate date for assessment on successful completion of PA1 test.

Start/Finish Times

9am to 4.30pm approximately


On Customer Premises;
SRUC Aberdeen;
SRUC Barony;
SRUC Elmwood;
SRUC Oatridge


Tractor & Boom £355.00 per person.
ATV & Weedwiper £230.00 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)

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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

01292 525419 or 01292 525355

Contact 5

Sandra Sey (SRUC Aberdeen)

01224 711121