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Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides – PA1


The Code of Practice for Using Plant Protection Products states “By Law everyone who uses pesticides professionally must have received adequate training in using pesticides safely”.

Candidates are strongly advised to ensure that they will be able to meet the standards required in the assessment.

Candidates will cover the following to achieve the qualification:

  • Know the legislative requirements and codes of practice relating to the use of pesticides
  • Understand the relevance of product information
  • Know how to minimise the risk of human contamination and implement emergency procedures
  • Know how to store and transport pesticides safely
  • Know how to manage and dispose of surplus pesticide and waste materials
  • Know the record keeping requirements
  • Know how to minimise the risk of environmental contamination and implement emergency procedures

This course runs on a Monday from 9.00am to 4.30pm, your online multiple choice exam will take place the next day.

Forestry Training Fund:

Courses funded by government teaching skills like chainsaw maintenance, coppicing, woodland management, and marketing and selling timber are now available.

The Forestry Training Fund is for people considering a change of career or those who are seeking to build and diversify their skills in forestry.

Examples of courses which are covered by the fund include:

  • coppicing
  • chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting
  • managing your woodland
  • planning and planting a new woodland
  • marketing and selling timber
  • fencing and hedge laying

The government is offering 100% funding for eligible courses and expect grants to be in the range of £150 – £3,000. Funding will be paid directly to the training provider. Applications for funding to cover training courses can be made multiple times as long as it can be demonstrated that individual courses are developing a person’;s career.

To make your application go to or email and we can help you apply.

The government has committed to increasing tree-planting across the UK to 30,000 hectares a year by the end of Parliament to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The short, practical training courses will be paid for by a £700,000 allocation from the £750m Nature for Climate Fund and will help grow the forestry sector so that we have enough people with the right skills to plan, plant, and manage new woodlands.


If your job involves applying pesticides in a commercial role then you are legally required by the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations (2012) to take this qualification.

Applicants must be aged 16 and over and must have a good written and verbal understanding of English and Mathematics.


Our range of leisure and hobby courses keeps growing, with even more fun and exciting courses starting throughout 2024.