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Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 1

Hours: 7.00

Start: Various Dates (Please press the Book Now Button to View Dates)

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Tuition (£): 160.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Exams (£): 90.00**

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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.

The minimum age for a candidate taking this course is 16 years. You should also be proficient in the use and operation of a tractor.

Course Content

The course will cover:

  • Development of knowledge and understanding of current legislation
  • Applying pesticides safely with a field crop sprayer fitted with nozzles
  • Identifying and selecting attachments, preparing machinery and calibrating
  • Operating equipment and conforming with current legislation/codes of practice
  • Disposal of unwanted pesticides/containers and cleaning equipment
  • Identifying faults and conditions when spraying is not advisable and may cause harm to oneself/others

How will I be assessed?

There is a practical assessment, lasting approximately two hours, which is taken on a separate day from the training. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Steel toe-capped boots/wellingtons
  • 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 here)

What can I do after this course?

Derby College Group offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Agriculture and a wide variety of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Group 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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Archie Wensley

Archie Wensley

Work placement leads to Swingate Farm apprenticeship for Archie

All Derby College agricultural apprentice Archie Wensley has ever wanted to do is be a farmer.
 
The 16-year-old from Kimberly in Nottinghamshire, loves tractors and working outdoors so, as soon as he left school, he joined Broomfield Hall’s level 2 agriculture course.
 
Through college Archie got a work placement with local farm and equestrian centre, Swingate Farm and, after seeing his potential, owner Matt Blant took him on as an apprentice.
 
Archie said: “I like it. I get to do a bit of everything and every day is different. There’s a lot of variety and I don’t mind being out in all weathers. Swingate is an equestrian centre as well as a 130-acre farm growing re-seeded grass to produce good quality hay. I get to drive the tractor and I also help with hay deliveries. One of the best parts of the job is working with the animals. There are a few cows and sheep and I’ve been helping with fencing the sheep pen.”
 
Matt, who has provided work experience to Broomfield agricultural students for more than a decade, is pleased with Archie’s progress.
 
He added: “He’s a good lad – always keen and willing to learn. Enthusiasm is a good place to start. I offered Archie an apprenticeship as I can he’s got potential.
 
“Farming’s getting more and more technical so there’s a lot to learn. The tractors we use now are more like rolling computers.”
 
Archie, whose great grandparents were farmers, hopes to remain with Matt when his apprenticeship finishes or work at another farm near his
home.
 
He added: “I’m pleased to have moved on to an agricultural apprenticeship at Swingate Farm. My tutors at Broomfield have been great and I like everything about my agricultural course at Derby College. It’s all good. Everyone works well together and we help each other out on jobs like baling straw.”

I like it. I get to do a bit of everything and every day is different. There’s a lot of variety and I don’t mind being out in all weathers. Swingate is an equestrian centre as well as a 130-acre farm growing re-seeded grass to produce good quality hay. I get to drive the tractor and I also help with hay deliveries. One of the best parts of the job is working with the animals. There are a few cows and sheep and I’ve been helping with fencing the sheep pen

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