Safe Use of Pesticide Training (PA1)

Qualification: Unit PA1 – Principles of Safe Pesticide Application

Accrediting Body
City & Guilds


So what makes this course special?
It gives you the practical skills and ethical understanding that is required prior to being assessed to be able to progress to all other PA qualifications.


This course is suitable for those working with pesticides. It is based round the National Proficiency Test Council PA1 (Foundation) examination and is designed to help people to successfully prepare for their exam. The course lasts for two days, with the test on the second day following the course. The examination is a multiple choice, computerised exam, using the e-volve on line assessment with user friendly navigation allowing the learner to take a test with questions selected at random from the course content. There is a minimum pass rate of 24 out of 33.


What is involved?

  • Safe use of pesticides
  • Control of herbicides hazardous to health
  • 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.

Certification / Award on successful completion
NPTC Assessments take place on a separate day, depending on assessor availability and candidate ability.  Successful candidates will be awarded with NPTC Certificates of competence for PA1.

Course Dates
Course dates are scheduled on demand. Please contact us to register your interest.


Course Duration:  2 days including assessment on second day


Start & Finish Times:  9:00 am – 5:00pm approximately


North West based with nationwide operations. We can offer In house training.


£270 per candidate, this includes NPTC/City & Guilds registration and assessment fees


*Note PA6/AW can be added if required

For more information or to apply for any of our courses:-


Cityscape Academy
Houldsworth Business & Arts Centre
Houldsworth Mill
Houldsworth Street


Tel: 0845 643 1165

/ 0161 850 1603