What will I learn?

This one day training course covers the requirements of the Control of Pesticides Regulations and prepares operators for the NPTC Certificate of Competence Test, which may be taken at any time after the course. Course features include preparing the applicator for work, calibration and operation, correct application rates, risks to yourself, other people and the environment, use of the information detailed on product labels, daily and routine maintenance on the applicator, cleaning personal protective equipment and application equipment.

* The Fees shown include the PA6 NPTC Registration Fee and Assessments Fees

Further details of the course content which covers the assessment can be found at:


Where will it lead me?

This one day course prepares operators for the NPTC Certificate of Competence Test, which may be taken at an agreed time and date after the course. This would normally be within three weeks.

Entry Requirements

Must have completed the Safe Use of Pesticides PA1 Course or Qualification.

Can choose just PA2 as well according to their requirements.

Fee Details 2

Due to funding restrictions, anyone who doesn’t live in England, isn’t a UK resident^ or who lives in the local authority areas^ of:

Cambridge and Peterborough
Greater London Authority
Greater Manchester
Liverpool City Region
North of Tyne Combined Authority
North East
South Yorkshire
Tees Valley
West Midlands
West Yorkshire
West of England

Will be unable to apply for fee remission and may be subject to higher course fees than those published.

^go to this page on our website to check if your postcode is in a Devolved Funding Area or to check eligibility if you are a non-UK resident https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/the-college/fees-and-funding/

If you don’t live in England or are not a UK resident or live in any of the above local authority areas and wish to enrol on the course, please contact us for information on tuition fees.

Fee Code


Fee Remission

Free if aged 19+ and unemployed or have a gross salary income (excl benefits) below £25,000*

*includes those who are employed, self-employed, unemployed, not employed. Please contact the College for further information on gross salary income (excl benefits) below £25,000 funding eligibility.

For further information on fee remission details linked to the above Fee Code – refer to our PT Application form on our website.

All fee remission is subject to availability of Government funding at the start date of a course and eligibility criteria.

Please Note

All fees quoted are correct at the time of print and may be subject to change. Due to funding restrictions this course is not available to existing full time Sparsholt College/Andover College students aged 16, 17 or 18 (or 19-24 with an EHCP) on the 31/8 in the year they started/start their course.


Level 2



Level of Study:



  • 20/08/2024 - (VQPA6/PG01)
  • 24/09/2024 - (VQPA6/PG02)
  • 05/11/2024 - (VQPA6/PG03)
  • 03/12/2024 - (VQPA6/PG04)
  • 07/01/2025 - (VQPA6/PG05)
  • 04/02/2025 - (VQPA6/PG06)
  • 04/03/2025 - (VQPA6/PG07)
  • 25/03/2025 - (VQPA6/PG08)
  • 13/05/2025 - (VQPA6/PG09)
  • 03/06/2025 - (VQPA6/PG10)
  • 08/07/2025 - (VQPA6/PG11)




Sparsholt College, SO21 2NF


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