Getting the pesticides qualification is important as a number of years ago the world of pesticides qualifications went through a change and the likes of PA.1, PA.6, etc. were superceded by newer qualifications with snappy, memorable codes like 0216-49, 0216-54… so many people still refer to PA.1, PA.6, etc.!
However, even though they are still often referred to using the old names there are some fundamental and important differences – if you are about to undertake pesticides training and assessment then you must make sure you get the correct units to meet your needs.
The ‘Classic’ PA.6
The older PA.6 incorporated things like stem injection and pesticide plugs, so if you hold the ‘classic’ PA.6 then you can use stem injectors and Eco-Plugs without re-certification. To be fair, you might be due a refresher if you took it more than 5 years ago but you won’t need to do your assessment again.
We’re finding that several companies do have their staff attend a re-assessment so that certificates clearly state the units that are covered – more for compliance issues than anything else.
The Modern PA.6
It all changed with the new scheme though, so you must make sure you get the right pesticides qualification and that means getting endorsed for specific equipment when you book your course. It’s probably worth mentioning that you will need to hold the PA.1 Pesticides Foundation certificate before you undertake the PA.6 assessment too.
There are seven separate units within PA.6:
- Unit 151: Operating pedestrian hand held applicators fitted with hydraulic nozzles or rotary atomisers to apply pesticides to land.
- Unit 152: Operating Pedestrian Hand Held Applicators Fitted With Hydraulic Nozzles or Rotary Atomisers to Apply Pesticides to or Near Water
- Unit 153: Operating Pedestrian Hand Held Applicators to Apply Pesticide Pellets or Granules to Land
- Unit 154: Operating Pedestrian Hand Held Applicators to Apply Pesticide Pellets or Granules to or Near Water
- Unit 155: Installing Pesticide Plugs in Tree Stumps
- Unit 156: Operating Hand Held Pesticide Injection Equipment
- Unit 157: Operating Other Hand Held Applicators Requiring Minimal Calibration
Typically you can ask for two endorsements with your first registration, often Units 151 and 152, but if you know that you are never going to use a knapsack sprayer but you will be injecting pesticides and installing Eco-Plugs, then make sure you tell the assessment centre or training provider that you require endorsement in units 155 and 156.
Getting More Than Two Endorsements
You are not limited to just two endorsements; if you require three or four units then the awarding body will charge a registration fee for each additional unit (over and above the two you get anyway).
Getting The Right Pesticides Qualification
To make sure you get the right pesticides qualification you can find out about our courses on the website, or give us a call on 01189 762901.