For anyone born before 31st December 1964 it has been possible to use professional plant protection products (PPP) on your own farm or your employer’s farm without the requirement for a City & Guilds NPTC Safe use of Pesticides Certificate. This has been described as “grandfather rights”. However, we have a new enforcement of an EU Directive that means these grandfather rights will disappear on 26th November 2015.
Clearly new regulations are in place and will be enforced, and some form of training is recommended which will prepare candidates for a required City & Guilds NPTC assessment. This new Pesticide Qualification for candidates born before 31st December 1964 will take the form of oral questioning to establish understanding of the overall principles of PPP usage, interpreting product information, ensuring personal safety and safeguarding the environment, PPP storage, disposal and record keeping. The second part of the Assessment will be a demonstration of skills with either machine mounted or hand held applications.
This particular Qualification is only for candidates currently with “grandfather rights” and will enable them to continue to use PPP on their holding. The Certificate will enable them to buy Pesticides and without a Certificate this will not be possible. This Certificate will not allow them to use Pesticides on anyone else’s land.
You will find the following information on the City & Guilds NPTC website on the link below:
Qualification Number 021605 City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides Replacing Grandfather Rights http://www.nptc.org.uk/assets/documents/8df01fbc3e984f35a1f633c3c8c4dac1.pdf
For all other Pesticide Users the existing Pesticide Qualifications apply and it is best to read the details in our previous Blog on this link and for more Grandfather Rights course information please visit our course page.