City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Aluminium Phosphide for Vertebrate Pest Control

About the course

From 26th November 2015 it became a legal requirement for anyone wishing to purchase or use aluminium phosphide products for vertebrate control to hold a relevant competence certificate. This training course leads up to the candidate taking the assessment for the City & Guilds Level 2 Award in this subject. The modules delivered place a strong emphasis on the safe use of the products, environmental factors, legislation and successful achievement of the assessment, covering the following topics:

  • Legislation

  • Personal Safety and Contamination

  • Environment and Wildlife affected by treatments

  • The Product Label

  • The Pesticide Container, Storage and Transportation

  • Application Equipment, Excess Pesticide and Container Disposal

  • Record Keeping

  • Product Use – Preparation

  • Product Use - Target Species, Reasons for Control and Non-Target Species

  • Product Use – Application

  • Product Use – Cleaning, Storage and Records

The day consists of both classroom and practical external demonstrations, so wet weather clothing is required. It will deal with the use of the products against rats, moles and rabbits.

The assessment is held on a separate day by appointment, usually the following day(s) to the training

This will be confirmed prior to the attendance date. Assessments are in the form of one-to-one discussion and practical demonstrations with a registered City & Guilds Assessor.

Entry Criteria & Additional Information

Candidates must provide and wear Personal Protective Clothing as required

As a general rule the candidate will require the following items of suitable PPE:

Protective coverall – All coveralls must be waterproof and chemical proof. If disposable it should be to the standard marking of CE 0120 Type 4,5,6. If reusable, it can be either an all in one or top and leggings but MUST have no pockets and be made of NITRILE.

Gloves - All gloves must be waterproof and chemical proof. They must be made from either nitrile or neoprene. Advised specifications: EN 388, EN 374. 100% nitrile (but NOT rubber or latex). With no lining so they can be washed and they must be a minimum of 300 mm long and 0.56 mm thick.

Wellingtons - Waterproof boots that reach to the knee, should be safety boots as well and should be made from nitrile.

Respirators - A full face mask equipped with (a) B2P3 cartridge filter(s)

Clothing - Suitable outer rain-proof clothing

CHANGES IN LEGISLATION - new equipment required:

Applicator, which costs around £120 + VAT.

Suitable respirator and cartridge, which will cost around £150 + VAT

A very sensitive gas monitor. approx.cost around £500 + VAT.

There are no pre requisites for this qualification. Successfully completing and gaining this qualification is a requirement for purchasing and using such products as Phostoxin and Talunex.

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