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SRUC Training Courses: Pesticide Application: PA6aw and Stem Injection


Many organisations are now seeking effective control of Non Native Invasive Species in particular Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed.Typically, these species grow beside and are spread by watercourses.Whilst there are various techniques available for control of these species, the most popular are through conventional spraying using a knapsack sprayer, and increasingly, stem injection. To allow this to take place, personnel are required to have acceptable certificates of competence to allow both spraying near water and stem injection.

What is Involved?

PA6AW: This training enables personnel to use a conventional knapsack sprayer in and alongside water. This involves the legislative procedures required for spraying watercourses, calibration, nozzle selection and selection of herbicides appropriate for spraying alongside and in watercourses.
Stem Injection: This course enables personnel to become familiar with the equipment used in this relatively new technique and includes needle, or spear selection; herbicide selection; dose rate determination; environmental protection and personnel protection.

Both the above qualifications are stand alone certificates, you are not required to hold PA6a to undertake this course.

SRUC are offering a one day combined course followed by independent NPTC assessment which will cover both requirements.

Entry Requirements

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

Certification/Award on Completion

City & Guilds Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticides using Pedestrian Hand Held Equipment (QCF).

What you will need to bring

Appropriate PPE, Calculator, Passport Photograph, Packed Lunch

Course Dates

SRUC Auchincruive Estate

SRUC Barony Campus
11th June 2020 with assessment on 16th or 17th June
(please note this course also includes the use of ecoplugs)
SRUC Elmwood Campus

SRUC Oatridge Campus
These courses are scheduled on demand. Please contact the campus to register your interest.


1 day plus test

Start/Finish Times

9am to 4.30pm approximately


On Customer Premises, or any of our SRUC Campuses.


£285.00 per person. Course fees include training, assessment and registration fees. Please note there is no VAT on our training.


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.


Tom Findlay or Fiona Lanni (SRUC Ayr)

Tom Findlay: 01292 525419 Fiona Lanni: 01292 525355

Contact 2

Sandra Sey (SRUC Aberdeen)

01224 711121

Contact 3

Jemima Dernie (SRUC Barony)

01387 242918

Contact 4

Sandra Sey (SRUC Elmwood)

01334 658868

Contact 5

Lynne-Ann McFarlane (SRUC Oatridge)

01506 864807