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PA6a: Correct Use of Hand-Held Applicators (0216-54 Unit 151)

Industry Short Courses

This course covers the correct preparation of equipment as well as its maintenance, safe operation and calibration.

Please note, the assessment is carried out by a NPTC assessor on a one-to-one basis.

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 and a half days training, plus a 3 hour assessment on a subsequent day.


Hadlow Campus

Horticulture Skills Centre, Shooters Hill

Course Cost


Entry Requirements



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

Tuesday 14th March 2017 12:30 - 16:30 & Wednesday 15th March 2017 (Hadlow (1617F))

Tuesday 21 March 2017 09.30 - 16.30 & Wednesday 22 March 2017 (Hadlow (1617F))

Tuesday 11th April 2017 12:30 - 16:30 & Wednesday 12th April 2017 (Hadlow (1617G))

Tuesday 25 April 2017 09.30 - 16.30 & Wednesday 26 April 2017 (Hadlow (1617H))

Tuesday 9th May 2017 12:30 - 16:30 & Wednesday 10th May 2017 (Hadlow (1617H))

Tuesday 16 May 2017 09.30 - 16.30 & Wednesday 17 May 2017 (Hadlow (1617I))

Tuesday 18th July 2017 12:30 - 16:30 & Wednesday 19th July 2017 (Hadlow (1617I))

Tuesday 25 July 2017 09.30 - 16.30 & Wednesday 26 July 2017 (Hadlow (1617K))



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

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If you’re interested in signing up for this course then leave your details and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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

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