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L2 Award in the Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides (PA1) - Liverpool

About the course

This training and assessment programme supports the information and knowledge required to achieve the L2 Award in the Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides (PA1). The modules delivered place a strong emphasis on the safe use of pesticides, environmental factors, legislation and successful achievement of the assessment

The computer based assessment test is held on a separate day by appointment, usually the following week

Course Coverage

  • Legislation Product
  • Labels
  • Personal Safety and Contamination
  • Pesticide and container storage
  • Disposal Record keeping
  • Environmental factors


If candidates meet the below criteria then they are eligible to complete the course for FREE.

* Pa6 OR PA2a booked at the same time

* Lived in UK/EU for 3 years

* UK Citizen / Legal permission to live and work in UK

* Not attending school, college or university, an apprentice or training as part of any full or part time, government funded training programme.

* Not in custody as a prisoner or on remand.

On a low wage OR unemployed.


Entry Criteria & Additional Information

There are no pre requirements for this qualification, but a good level of literacy is required for the training and assessments.. Successfully completing and gaining this qualification is a pre requisite to gaining any other pesticide application qualifications

Assessments are in the form of a computer based multiple choice question format. A basic operational knowledge of computer use will be required.

Please be aware that the online test can be extremely challenging for candidates who have English as a second language. The test uses technical language and whilst candidates can follow the training well, they may struggle to to interpret the multiple-choice questions on the formal assessment. Unfortunately, this exam does not allow translators or translation applications as it is felt that this might compromise safety in the workplace when candidates must interpret English pesticide labels. If you have/ are a candidate that may fall into this category, please contact us at adultskills@myerscough.ac.uk.

Please note that you will be expected to provide some form of photographic ID when you attend for the PA1 assessment


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