Pesticide Application - PA6A (NPTC) 021654

About the Course

Hand Held Applicator - Knapsack

This one day practical module should be taken after the PA1 module has been completed. The training is designed for operators using a knapsack sprayer with hydraulic nozzles or rotary atomisers to apply pesticides to land. Topics covered will include:

  • Preparation of equipment
  • Calibration
  • Record keeping
The one day training will be followed by an NPTC assessment (to be arranged).

The module requires an understanding of pesticide labels and regulations. This is in compliance with regulations and directives from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Calculations and interpreting information is an integral part of the training.

Other application methods include:

PA6AW Operating Pedestrian Hand Held Applicators Fitted with Hydraulic Nozzles or Rotary Atomisers to Apply Pesticides to or Near Water (using a knapsack in or near water)

PA6MC Operating other Hand Held Applicators Requiring Minimal Calibration (CDA Controlled Droplet Applicator)

Entry Requirements

Participants may attend training however City & Guilds state participants must not go forward for testing until the PA1 unit has been achieved.

They will not be allowed to start the course without the correct Personal Protective Equipment which should include:

  • Waterproof Wellington boots
  • Sprayer face shield
  • Type 5/6 disposable coveralls
  • Unlined nitrile gloves
By making a booking you are declaring yourself medically fit to participate in this course.

Useful Information

Free parking is available on campus; a permit will be issued and should be clearly displayed.

Please bring a packed lunch and all refreshments needed for the day.

Instructor / Student Ratio 1:8

Qualification Guidance


Course Dates

Tuesday 20 September 2022 (9:00am to 4:00pm)

[assessments planned Friday 23 to Tuesday 27 September]

£310 per person (No places remaining)

Wednesday 21 September 2022 (9:00am to 4:00pm)

[assessments planned Friday 23 to Tuesday 27 September]

£310 per person (5 places available)


For group bookings please contact Lorraine Cornwell 01245 424286