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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 1

Hours: 7.00

Start: Roll On Roll Off - Contact Us

Days / Times: Contact Us

Tuition (£): 170.00*

Exams (£): 80.00**

Interview: N

Course Summary

This one-day course aims to prepare participants for the NPTC Certificate of Competence in the ‘Safe Use of Pesticides’ qualification. The course also includes assessment, to be arranged on a separate day.

Entry requirements

You must have passed your PA1 Foundation module before taking the PA6 assessment.

The minimum age for candidates is 16 years.

Course Content

The course will cover:

  • General safety and routine maintenance of the sprayer
  • Adjustment, setting and calibration
  • Measuring and mixing pesticides
  • Operating the hand-held sprayer
  • Decontamination of the sprayer and protective clothing

How will I be assessed?

There is a practical assessment, lasting approximately two hours, which is taken on a separate day. Tests are organised by NPTC and can be taken at College or on your own site.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Steel toe-capped wellington boots
  • Spray suit
  • Rubber gloves approved for pesticide use
  • Writing materials
  • Lunch (there will be facilities available on site if you wish to purchase your lunch at College)

What can I do after this course?

Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Agriculture and a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.

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* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.
** Exam - This fee is to cover the cost of registration with the relevant awarding body.

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Tom Longdon

Tom Longdon

College kept Tom in farming

Agricultural contractor Tom Longdon says Derby College convinced him to stay in farming - and made it possible for him to afford essential qualifications. The 20-year-old took Agriculture at Level 2 and 3 at Broomfield Hall, while also passing five separate industry competency qualifications.

From a farming background, Tom turned to Derby College after a job he had lined up as an apprentice mechanic fell through just days before he was due to start. His time at college gave him an insight into the "big world of work" including a valuable business module at Level 3.

The training helped Tom, 20, launch his agricultural contracting business in 2015, while still at college, and he "kicked it off properly" last year. His dad has health problems and Tom also works on the 450 acre family beef farm at Trowell, Nottinghamshire.

Tom said the correct qualifications and paperwork were essential in modern day farming and he was only able to afford to gain them through college.

Derby College made me want to carry on farming and made it possible for me get my 'tickets' (NPTC competence qualifications).


For instance, I'd looked into training for the telehandler (boom lift) and it would have cost £1,000.


I wouldn't have been able to do it. But through the college, it cost £120 in total to sit the test. For most of your 'tickets', you get training as part of the course but you have to pay for be the test. It's a substantial saving.


You have to get all your paperwork and tickets to get the best jobs.

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