PG Trust Bursary – Spray Certificate

First of all I would like to thank you very much for partially funding my training in the application of pesticides. I am pleased to let you know that I have now completed my training in the Safe use of Pesticides, Environmental Factors and Legislation (Foundation Module PA1) and in the Application of Pesticides using Handheld Applicators including Application in or near Water (Module PA6AW). I have passed the assessment in all modules and am now the proud holder of these spray certificates.

I would like to let you know, that the training I received from Les Cook at Otley College has been outstanding. The training of the foundation module was delivered in a relaxed fashion. However, the importance of using and handling pesticides in a safe and conscientious manner was emphasised at every opportunity. The instructor expertly used the diverse skill sets of the course participants, ensuring every single one had a thorough understanding of the syllabus and passed the assessment.

I was lucky to receive an intensive training in the application of pesticides using handheld applicators as there were only two of us booked onto this module. Again, the instructor made the training enjoyable and ensured that both participants felt comfortable using the equipment to the highest standard. The success rate in the assessment again was 100%.

I believe that holding the PA1 and PA6AW spray certificates will help me in securing a permanent job in horticulture in the future. The majority of employers request job applicants to be in the possession these spray certificates. Without the financial aid from the PG Trust I would not have been able to pay for the training and assessment at this moment in time and am grateful that the PG Trust has supported me in my horticultural training.

Svenja Burckhardt 2011