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Level 2

Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides – PA6


This qualification is designed specifically for those who wish to apply pesticides using various types of handheld applicators. The award will supersede the old 0216 (pa6) unit.

Candidates will cover the following:

  • Operating pedestrian hand held Applicators fitted with Hydraulic Nozzles or Rotary Atomisers to apply pesticides to land
  • Operating Pedestrian Hand Held Applicators fitted with Hydraulic Nozzles or Rotary Atomisers to Apply Pesticides to or Near Water
  • Operating Pedestrian Hand Held Applicators to Apply Pesticide Pellets or Granules to Land
  • Operating Pedestrian Hand Held Applicators to Apply Pesticide Pellets or Granules to or Near Water
  • Installing Pesticide Plugs in Tree Stumps
  • Operating Hand Held Pesticide Injection Equipment
  • Operating Other Hand Held Applicators Requiring Minimal Calibration

This course takes place Monday to Wednesday from 9.00am to 4.30pm with assessments taking place on Thursday and Friday.

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.
Applicants must have completed the Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides (PA1) prior to undertaking this course.

*FREE* Online short courses

Make the most of these extraordinary times and gain a nationally-recognised qualification. A short online course is a significant first step to improving your skills and achieving your career goals.

Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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