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Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling & Application of Pesticides (PA1)

Industry Short Courses

This compulsory unit covers the legislation relevant to pesticides application. It includes handling, storage, transportation and interpretation of product labels. The online assessment on the second day. No prerequisites.

Tuition, NPTC Registration and NPTC Assessment: £225

This introductory course will assist you in complying with current legislation surrounding the storage, record-keeping and environmental issues of pesticide use.

From 26 November 2015, due to a change in legislation, it will be an offence for anyone to use Plant Protection Products (PPPs) authorised for professional use unless they hold an appropriate qualification in the safe use of pesticides.

Previously, if you were born before 31 Dec 1964 you could use PPPs on your own land without the need for a qualification – this was known as ‘Grandfather Rights’. 

Hadlow College offers 3 seperate pesticide courses, awarded by City & Guilds, that meet the legislation for sprayer operators and will entitle you to spray on your own property and on the property of others.

Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides.  Comprising of 021649 - City &Guilds Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticide (PA1) and the appropriate application unit (eg PA2 for Boom sprayer pesticide application or PA6a for Hand-held applicators). 

Further details of these qualifications can be found on

This course is delivered at our Hadlow campus and Horticultre Skills Centre.

Our Horticulture Skills Centre is located:

Horticulture Skills Centre (opposite Eaglesfield Road)
Shooters Hill
SE18 3HP

NOTE:  a PA1 certificate alone does not permit you to apply pesticides.  A certificate for a 2nd practical module such as PA2 or PA6 is also required.

Course Duration:

Part Time

1 .5 days


Hadlow Campus

Horticulture Skills Centre, Shooters Hill

Course Cost


Entry Requirements

A good basic grasp of English and Mathematics.

Courses provided in conjunction with the Royal Borough of Greenwich council have various discounts available to residents of the Greenwich Borough. These include those who have a Greenwich One Card, are over 60 years old and those who receive benefits, please contact the Admissions team for further information.

Start Dates

Monday 20 Nov 2017 & Tuesday 21 Nov 2017 - 1718C (Hadlow)

Monday 11 Dec 2017 & Tuesday 12 Dec 2017 - 1718J (Hadlow)

Monday 15 Jan 2018 & Tuesday 16 Jan 2018 - 1718D (Hadlow)

Monday 29th January 2018 & Tuesday 30th January 2018 - 1718B (Greenwich)

Monday 12 Feb 2018 & Tuesday 13 Feb 2018 - 1718E (Hadlow)

Monday 5th March 2018 & Tuesday 6th March 2018 - 1718C (Greenwich)

Monday 12 March 2018 & Tuesday 13 March 2018 - 1718F (Hadlow)

Monday 16 April 2018 & Tuesday 17 April 2018 - 1718G (Hadlow)

Monday 14 May 2018 & Tuesday 15 May 2018 - 1718H (Hadlow)

Monday 11 June 2018 & Tuesday 12 June 2018 - 1718K (Hadlow)

Monday 9 July 2018 & Tuesday 10 July 2018 - 1718I (Hadlow)

Monday 16th July 2018 & Tuesday 17th July 2018 - 1718D (Greenwich)


Court Lane, Hadlow.

Horticultural Skills Centre (opposite Eaglesfield Road),
Shooters Hill,
SE18 3HP

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Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

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