Removal of Grandfather Rights for Pesticide Users
Tuesday 17th March 2015
A current exemption in UK law, commonly known as "grandfather rights", allows anyone born before 31 December 1964 to use plant protection products (PPPs) authorised for professional use on their own or their employer’s land, without having to hold a certificate of competence. However it should be noted that it has been, for some time regarded as inadequate as a definition of competence to apply PPP’s – formal training should be given to all operators.
The Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012 allows this exemption to continue until 26 November 2015, after this date however everyone who uses PPPs authorised for professional use must have a certificate.
In addition, after 26 November 2015, it will be an offence for anyone to purchase PPPs authorised for professional use unless they have ensured that the intended end user has a certificate. If you don’t already have a certificate, you will need to get one by 26 November 2015 so that you can continue to use PPPs as part of your job after that date.
Those currently operating under ‘Grandfather Rights’ have two alternatives:
- To apply pesticides on their own land/property or that of their employer anyone born before 31 December 1964 can take the City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides Replacing Grandfather Rights.
- To apply professional products as a contractor or to land not owned by them or their employer, operators must take the existing Level 2 Safe Use of Pesticides qualification appropriate to the type of equipment used.
The qualifications 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. In recognition of this, the qualification has been developed so as to take significantly less time, and cost less, than the existing Level 2 qualifications for pesticide users.
The training is based on a workbook, setting out the required knowledge, which can be studied at the candidate’s convenience. This will be followed up with a practical assessment of competence. As with all Level 2 pesticide awards, the training modules will be based on the type of equipment to be used. The assessment should generally be possible at the candidate’s premises, an assessment centre or at an alternative suitable venue.
Further information about these qualifications can be found here: http://www.nptc.org.uk/qualificationschemes.aspx?id=2