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

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 is held at the end of the training day. If candidates would prefer to book the test at a later date, please contact the College at the time of booking. Later assessments will take place during the next scheduled PA1 training day (see factsheet for dates). Please note that a later assessment may interfere with any PA6a or PA2 assessments if training has also been booked for these.

Course Coverage

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

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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Some applicants for this course may be eligible to apply for a Forestry Training Grant to cover these course fees. Please refer to the supplementary information tagged to this factsheet for further information. If your grant is approved please email adultskills@myerscough.ac.uk. Do not apply for the course using the online application system.

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