QQI Hand Held Pesticide Application Sprayer Course (Level 5)


QQI level 5 Hand held Pesticide Application QQI (5N0731) course aim is to equip the learner with the understanding, skill, and proficiency to use a handheld knapsack applicator while applying crop pesticides in accordance with recommended good practice and manufacturers guidance..

This course provides learners with the understanding of different types of plant pests and the best control measures required while complying with legislation and correct mixing, application, storage, and disposal of pesticides.

Who Should Attend

All users of professional pesticides for example, farmers, gardeners, council staff and horticulturalists using handheld application equipment in relation to pest control as required by the Sustainable Use of Pesticide Regulations 2012 (S.I. 115/2012).

Course Outline

  • Rationale for Pesticide Usage
  • Methods of Pest Control
  • Selection of suitable Pesticides
  • Safe handling, storage, application, and disposal of Pesticides
  • Legislation that applies to Pesticides
  • Equipment and components of a Hand-held Sprayer
  • Health & Safety information: Labels, Markings and Safety Data Sheets
  • Preparation and Calibration of a Hand-held Sprayer
  • Mixing Pesticide Sprays
  • Storing Pesticide Sprays, PPE & equipment
  • Applying Pesticides using hand held Sprays.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding what are the pest infestations that affect crop growth and crop quality i.e., weeds, disease, insects, and vertebrates.
  • Describe the range of pest controls available.
  • Describe the terminology used to categorise pesticides for crop production.
  • Explain factors to consider when selecting a formulation and factors that affect the proficiency if the application.
  • Specify principles & procedures for the safe handling, storage, application, and disposal of pesticides, including the use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
  • Outline the laws & regulations pertaining to safe pesticide use and disposal of pesticides including record keeping.
  • Explain the principles of application technology necessary for the proper application of pesticides in respect of applicator components, calibration, maintenance, field operating procedures and precautions.
  • Understand pesticide label information including all precautionary symbols, product name, class designation, registration number, purpose, precautions, first aid instruction, toxicology information, disposal, notice to user, material safety data sheets (MSDS) and directions for use.
  • Prepare a hand-held applicator for work, including calibration, in accordance with best practice and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Make up a pesticide spray mix in accordance with a good practice including the pesticide product label dosage recommendations and the application area.
  • Store a handheld applicator and personal protective equipment in a safe and efficient manner according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Apply a pesticide mix with a hand-held applicator in a safe and efficient manner in accordance with recommended good practice.

Certification & Assessment


 Skills Demonstration- 60% (See Learning Outcomes).

 Examination Theory- 40%

 A theory-based examination assesses the ability to recall, apply and understand specific theory and knowledge.



Provided all results from the learner’s projects and assessments have gone through internal and external quality assurance, QQI release Awards and Certification in a cycle of every 2 months starting from February each year. 


Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions


What do I need to attend the course?

PPS Number

Delegates should bring suitable PPE (hi-visibility vest, hard hat, and safety boots/wellingtons).


What time does the course start?

The course starts at 9.00 am.


What is the duration of the course?

The course runs for two consecutive days, from 9.00 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Where does the course take place?

Courses are run at Holland Safety Training Centre in Rathcoole, Co Dublin, and on-site training is available, talk to our team on (01) 401 9600.


Career & Development

Additional certification in any field whether mandatory or voluntary show the employee or learner has an interest in gaining additional knowledge and skills which contribute to a better and safer workplace. Successful completion of this component award enables the learner to transfer to programmes leading to other certificates where this component is a mandatory or an elective requirement.


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