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SRUC Training Courses: Pesticide Appplication: PA4s - Slug Pellet Application


Safe use of Pesticide: PA4s This course is suitable for those working in forestry, agriculture, horticulture or greenkeeping. It is based around the National Proficiency Test Council PA4s (Slug Applicators) 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.

What is Involved?

• How granular applicators work
• Preparation and set up of granular applicators
• Selection of applicator for given product and situation
• Checking, setting and calibrating the applicator
• Filling the applicator
• Operating the applicator safely and efficiently
• Decontamination of the applicator
• Service the applicator
• Selecting the correct PPE when using granules
• Cleaning and storing applicator correctly
• Accurately recording information

Entry Requirements

Candidates must pass their PA1 assessment prior to completing testing for PA4s

Certification/Award on Completion

NPTC City & Guilds Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pelleted or Granular Pesticides Using Mounted or Trailed Applicators

What you will need to bring

Appropriate PPE, Calculator, Passport Photograph, Packed Lunch

Course Dates

Course dates 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


Prices for this course will be given on request. Please contact the campus to receive a quotation. Our 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)

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.

Sounds good? Start searching for an ITA approved course and apply online.
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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 (SRUC Ayr)

Tom Findlay: 01292 525419