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Pesticide Application (PA2): Ground Crop Sprayer NPTC Level 2 Award

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This course will enable you to achieve the legally required qualification by the Control of Pesticide Regulations (COPR), and is designed for anyone applying pesticides on a commercial basis. This course (PA2) follows on from PA1 and is a one-day pesticide course that covers the application of pesticides from a conventional boomed sprayer. It will take place at Shuttleworth College and is delivered by one of Shuttleworth's qualified instructors. If you just need a refresher please contact the sales team for further details.


Entry requirements

You can begin this course if you have already completed the Pesticide Application (PA1): Safe Use of Pesticides NPTC Level 2 Award. 

Course content

During the course you will study the following topics:

  • Preparing the applicator for work, calibrating and operating it to ensure correct application rate without risk to yourself, other people and the environment
  • Using the information detailed on product labels to determine the approved uses for the product and its potential hazards to human safety, non-target areas and the environment in general
  • Carrying out daily and routine maintenance on the applicator
  • Carrying out the correct procedure for cleaning personal protective equipment and application equipment which may have been contaminated with pesticide
  • Carrying out safe driving practice
  • Carrying out record keeping
  • Carrying out post spraying procedures.

Assessment methods

The assessment for NPTC courses normally takes place 10 to 14 days after the initial training and is a full day – the cost is included in the course fee.

Further study and career options

This is a beneficial qualification for those working in the agriculture and horticulture industries or self employed in roles such as a gardener or groundskeeper. You can also study Pesticide Application (PA1): Safe Use of Pesticides NPTC Level 2 Award, and Pesticide Application (PA6A): Hand Held Applicators NPTC Level 2 Award.

Additional information

To take part in this course you must bring PPE (personal protective equipment) and other tools and equipment as listed on the joining instructions. You can also view the PPE and tools list here. These will be emailed to you a few weeks before the course is due to start – please contact us to confirm you have the required items.

Funding information

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course Information & How to Apply

This course runs on multiple occasions. Choose the date most appropriate for you.

Call our Business Development team on 01234 291747 or email to register your interest and see when we may next be running these courses.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
1 day 26/05/2021 Wed 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £228 Shuttleworth College SOB1312S3
1 day 14/07/2021 Wed 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £228 Shuttleworth College SOB1312S4

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Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
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