Grandfather Rights – the clock is ticking towards date for changes

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The Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012: After the 26 November 2015 everyone who uses PPPs authorised for professional use must now hold a certificate of competence.

Are you prepared for the changes to the “Grandfather Rights” exemption?

The rules are changing and the “Grandfather Rights” exemption will cease on 26 November 2015 to meet the requirements of the EU Directive on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides. You will require the new level 2 Certificate in the safe use of pesticides if you are going to continue to use pesticides.

Option 1 – Existing Certification route

Obtain the PA1 (Foundation Module) and one of the existing Level 2 Safe Use of Pesticide awards, the PA2a (Boom Sprayer) or PA6a (Knapsack sprayer) depending on the type of work you undertake and type of equipment you use. Currently CAFRE provides one days training for each award and the assessments require one, two and three hours for the PA1, PA2a and PA6a, respectively. It is important to recognise that you must take this route if you intend to work as a contractor or apply PPPs to land you or your employer do not own.

Option 2 – The New Level 2 Certificate in the Safe Use of Pesticides

City and Guilds Land Based Services has developed a new Level 2 Award in the “Safe Use of Pesticides”, specifically for farmers who have been operating under “Grandfather Rights”.

The new qualification will take account of the fact that people working under “grandfather rights” should already have some form of training and may have many years experience in working with pesticides.

The qualification is divided into four units. Unit 051 is mandatory and the candidate is to choose a further one or more units from 052, 053 and 054. 

051 - The Principles of the Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides on own Land

052 - Hand Held Pesticide Application on own Land

053 - Operating Machines to Apply Pesticides to own Land

054 - Application of Pesticides using other Specific Equipment or Methods on own Land

The New Level 2 Certificate work booklet can be found at the link:


Both Option 1 and 2 will allow farmers to purchase and spray pesticides on land they own.

Only Option 1 (the existing route) allows farmers to spray on land they do not own or occupy.

The PA1 module within Option 1 (the existing route) is assessed via an on-line questionnaire whereas in Option 2 (New Qualification), Unit 051 will be assessed by verbal questioning.

Register immediately to attend a course on one of the options by contacting Industry Training Administration at CAFRE Greenmount Campus on 0300 200 7841 or email and register online.