Award in Safe Application of Pesticides To or Near Water PA6aw

City and Guilds / NPTC Level 2



PA6aw spraying to or near water

You need PA6aw if you apply pesticides to or near water, this includes river banks, dry ditches and footpaths adjacent to water courses. Please note that PA6aw only enables you to apply to or near water and not to any other site.

Award in Safe Application of Pesticides To or Near Water City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 (PA6aw)

Prior to coming on this course you must have Award in the Principles of Safe Application and Handling of Pesticides PA1.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course you should be able to:
1) Understand the legislation and safety regulations relating to applying pesticides to or near water using hand held pedestrian equipment.
2) Identify risks to the aquatic environment.
3) Assess the environmental factors relating to the mixing and application site.
4) Read and interpret product information.
5) Prepare and calibrate the hand held equipment.
6) Operate the hand held equipment.
7) Carry out post application procedures.

14th January 2020

19th February 2020

17th March 2020

7th April 2020

6th May 2020

10th June 2020

22nd July 2020

Please note that the assessments are to be confirmed and you will be emailed with a date once the assessment has been scheduled.

We do try to ensure that the assessment is consecutive but cannot guarantee this.

The training course will be £100 + VAT = £120 per person.
The assessment plus City and Guilds registration will be £120 per person (no VAT).

Total £240 per person.

All fees are payable upon booking.

One day training.

2 hours approximately for the assessment (on a second day).

Please note that the assessments are to be confirmed and you will be emailed with a date once the assessment has been scheduled.

We do try to ensure that the assessment is consecutive but cannot guarantee this.

Please bring with you the following kit.
1) Spray suit, coveralls type 5 and 6.
2) Nitrile rubber gloves, 0.5 mm thick, 300 mm long, with no flocking.
3) Wellies.

We will provide the specific spraying equipment for the training and assessment.

Award in Safe Application of Pesticides Using Handheld Pedestrian Equipment To or Near Water PA6aw City & Guilds NPTC Level 2.

Do you need a refresher? HSE advises that you complete a refresher every 5 years, although some insurance companies state every 3 years. We can help. We tend to run the refresher courses along side the initial training.

Equally if you have a group of people we can put a date together just for you.

Safe Application of Pesticides To or Near Water PA6aw – one day refresher £100 +VAT = £120 per person

You will receive a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion.

Why do I need a ticket?

In 2015 the law changed, anyone who uses pesticides as a professional must have certificates of competence for the application method they are using.

I’ve got grandfather rights, haven’t I?

There is no such thing as grandfather rights to apply pesticides. There is a grandfather right version of the qualification, if you were born before 1964 you could have choosen to do this qualification. It only enables you to apply pesticides on your land though, nowhere else. However it is no longer available it was only open for a certain length of time

Can’t I just do the PA1 foundation unit?

The PA1 foundation unit does not allow you to apply the pesticides and this is clearly stated on the certificate you receive. In order to legally apply the pesticides, you need the relevant application units.

Can I buy products from the internet?

There is no law stopping you buying a pesticide product, you may be asked at the point of sale for evidence of your certificate.

You can stock pile as much as you like, but you break the law when you apply the products without certification.

Isn’t there just one ticket that covers everything?

Unfortunately, not, because there are so many ways to apply different products it is not possible to just have one ticket to cover everything.

There are over 50 different application methods available now and you must choose which ones you need, to continue with your work.

What’s the difference between PA6a and PA6aw?

PA6a is application of a pesticide on land up to 1m from the top of a bank or water body.

PA6aw is application to or near water.

Both are quite different in where you can apply pesticide and one does not allow you to do the other.

Do I need permission to apply pesticides near water with hand held applicators?

To apply pesticides near water you will need Environment Agency approval, an Aquaherb01 will need to be completed and permissions given.

However, to complete the form you need to ensure that the product has aquatic approval and you have the correct application methods for the work you are planning to do.

I did my tickets in the 1980’s do they still stand?

If you did the City and Guilds tickets and you still have your certificates, then yes, they still stand.

If you did the Agricultural Training Board (ATB) route and you didn’t up grade them to City and Guilds when requested, then unfortunately it is unlikely that you still have the qualification.

How can I check if I have my spraying tickets?

If you think you did your tickets and have lost them, we can check with our assessment centre to see if you’re on the system. Please email us with your name, date of birth and address of the place you lived and when you did the courses.

Do I need to do refreshers for pesticides?

HSE advise that refreshers are taken every 5 years, however that is entirely up to you. It is recommended because things have changed quite a lot in the last thirty years and if you had an incident one of the first questions you are likely to be asked is when were you last refreshed?

I don’t use pesticides, only weed killers do I have to do the ticket?

Pesticides is the umbrella term for:

  • herbicides (weed killers)
  • insecticide (insects)
  • fungicides (fungi)
  • molluscicides (slugs and snails)
  • vertebrate control agents (not rodenticides)
  • wood preservatives
  • growth regulators

So, if you use any of these as a professional you require the relevant tickets

Do I need to bring my own spraying equipment?

No, we can provide all the spraying equipment at no extra cost. That way we know all the equipment isn’t contaminated in case someone has a reaction to a product that was used if you bought your own kit.

I’m no good at maths, will that be a problem?

My maths is shocking, and I can do the calibrations. You are able to use a calculator and the calibration sheet is a set of boxes, as long as you take your time and practice on the spare sheets we give you, I’m sure you’ll be just fine.

Do I need a ticket to buy pesticides?

No, you don’t need a ticket to buy pesticides, you are breaking the law when you apply the products without a relevant application method.

How do I choose the right nozzle?

Choice of nozzle is recommended on the product label, so it important to spend a few moments reading through for the best advice. You do also learn more about nozzles on the courses.

Can I spray on a hot day?

It is not advised to spray on hot days, not if it is above 30 degrees.

You need to be aware that when it is too hot the plants shut down, they protect themselves by not letting liquids in or out so there is no point wasting time and money spraying when it is hot.

Can I spray for other people when I’ve got my ticket?

As long as you have the correct application method and the full suite of tickets (not the grandfather option) then yes you can.

In fact, it’s a good idea as it helps to recoup some of the associated costs, just be aware that your customers will need the relevant records and paperwork from you.

What are the best conditions for spraying?

The ideal conditions for spraying are:

  • A cool cloudy day
  • Early morning or late evening when it has cooled down
  • Force 2 wind speed

Is there anything I can read before doing the pesticides courses?

You learn everything that you need to on the courses, however you could read through the Pesticide Code of Practice and look on the website

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