Here are the answers to the questions we are mostly frequently asked. If you cannot find the answer to your question here, email carol.smith@groundstraining.com

Online Training

What is included in my Online Training package?

Once you have made your booking online, you will receive an email with your personal account details which will enable you to gain full unlimited access for 90 days to the course you have purchased. The information given in the online tutorials is supported by the comprehensive hard copy Course Manual, included in the price, which includes many diagrams and full colour illustrations, as well as working diaries.

How do I access my Online Training suite of tutorials?

Once you have purchased your Online Training package, you will receive a personal username to access your account during your subscription. We recommend you change the password that has been automatically generated for you upon purchase.

A profile is automatically created for you; however, you have authority to edit this profile as desired. You can revisit your account as many times as you wish during your 90 day paid subscription period.

Only you have access to your account. Your account is linked to your Lantra Accreditation. Your account must not be shared with others. Once the 90 days’ subscription has expired you will no longer have access to the suite of tutorials.

Do I need to do a lot of writing?

No, although we do advise that you make notes as you watch the online tutorials, in preparation for the assessment sections. A comprehensive, hard copy Course Manual will be sent to you when you book online, which you can use for reference as you work through the tutorials on your screen.

What format does the assessment take?

The assessment which follows each tutorial comprises a multi choice questionnaire. You do not have to be computer literate, as answering the questions is a simple process. However, you do need to be able to read the questions. (It’s similar to the theory element of the Driving Test).

Each question in the multi-choice questionnaire must be answered correctly before access to the next tutorial can be gained. There is a facility to repeat the video and assessment several times. This ensures that the learner has gained a good understanding of a process before moving on through the course.

Can I get help while I am doing the course?

Yes, you can call the Training help line 01902 440251 if you need technical assistance.

Accreditation

What is Lantra?

www.lantra-awards.co.uk

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the horticulture, landscaping and sports turf industry.

Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are state-sponsored, employer-led organisations that cover specific economic sectors in the United Kingdom. They have four key goals:

  • To boost the skills of their sector workforces
  • To improve learning supply
  • To reduce skills gaps and shortages
  • Improve productivity
What is Lantra accreditation?

National, independent recognition of the quality of our specialist courses and those who deliver them, from one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations.

Why is a Lantra accreditation important?

Because Lantra is the Government approved Sector Skills Council for the Sports Turf Industry, recognised by employers and insurers. Unlike other providers who offer self-evaluated and self-assessed training, Pitchcare courses, their content and instructors are all independently assessed and verified by Lantra.

How can I claim my Lantra Certificate?

Your certificate will be forwarded to you by Grounds Training once we receive it from Lantra, usually within a month of completion of the course.

How long is my certification valid for?

A Lantra Certificate of Training lasts for life. However, we will be reviewing the content of our online courses from time to time, to take into account any recommended changes in procedures and/or Health and Safety recommendations.

So, you may wish to repeat the course every few years, to keep up to date.

What’s the difference between Lantra and NPTC qualifications?
  • A Lantra certificate confirms that a learner has received training in a particular subject
  • A NPTC (National Proficiency Test council) certificate confirms that the learner is competent in a particular subject
What is NPTC?

The National Proficiency Test Council design relevant vocational qualifications to be delivered through training providers, colleges and employers that help learners gain the skills employers’ value.

www.nptc.org.uk/aboutus.aspx

Are Pitchcare courses recognised by the Sport Governing Bodies?

Yes, the FA (through the Football Foundation) and RFU recognise our courses for funding purposes.

Safe Use of Pesticides

What are the legal requirements for spray operator training and certification?

All professional pesticide users must be adequately trained, no matter what their age. The training should give them the same skills needed to obtain a Certificate of Competence.

What are Grandfather Rights and are they applicable to me?

The Grandfather Rights are now expired. Due to changes in legislation, after 26 November 2015 it will be an offence for anyone to purchase Plant Protection Products (PPPs) authorised for professional use and use these chemicals on land they own or occupy unless they have the appropriate qualification.

All operators are now required to be qualified. The new qualification requirement forms part of the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012. The recognised qualification will be the City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides Replacing Grandfather Rights. Candidates can either purchase a workbook or attend a training course to ensure they have the necessary knowledge and skills to gain a Certificate of Competence.

Candidates should take a practical assessment of knowledge and competence, based on the equipment that they use to apply pesticides.

All contractors who apply professional pesticides must hold a certificate of competence.

If I hold a certificate of competence to apply professional pesticides, can my employee(s) purchase and/or use professional pesticides?

Only the individual who has successfully achieved the certificate of competence can purchase and/or use professional pesticides. Any individual who has not undertaken the City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides will not be licensed to apply or buy professional pesticides.

If an organisation has asked you to spray pesticides without a licence, only yourself is liable for any damages. If problems arose during the spraying process and the situation reached tribunal – you and you only would be accountable to charges if you did not hold the correct certificate of competence.

Who is responsible for enforcement of the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012?

Responsibility for enforcement is shared between the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), local authorities and the Agriculture Departments.

The HSE are authorised to enforce controls on the storage and use of pesticides as part of the work activity such as by industrial users in the treatment of timber, in private dwellings by professional contractors, use in agriculture and the storage of pesticides by certain distributors, and use by Local Authorities and public utilities. They are also responsible for the use of pesticides as part of a work activity in private dwellings.

Local authorities enforce controls in respect of the advertisement, sale, supply, storage and use for those areas not under HSE’s jurisdiction, such as wholesale and retail premises, hotels and residential accommodation, warehouses, museums, catering establishments, sports grounds (including golf courses), gardens, parks and garden centres. Local authority responsibility is usually split between trading standard officers, who are responsible for consumer aspects of advertising, sale and supply and environmental health officers, who undertake enforcement in respect of storage and use in areas not covered by the HSE. Some Local Authorities, however, combine these functions.

More info: www.hse.gov.uk/pesticides/topics/pesticide-approvals/enforcement.htm

Do I need to take refresher courses once I have passed my City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides?

The NPTC certificate awarded is in perpetuity. We recommend however, that the delegate should take a refresher course every 5 years if they spray regularly and every 2-3 years if they spray only occasionally.

Are there pre-requisites to City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides courses?

A candidate must successfully complete the City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides PA1 unit before undertaking any other City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides unit assessments.

e.g. To be assessed on PA2 (Mounted sprayers), PA6A (Hand-held Application) PA6AW (Around Water), PA6INJ (Stem Injection) etc. a candidate must successfully pass the PA1 basic theory course before the candidate undertakes any other PA qualifications.

How long is a PA1/PA6A course?

Our courses at Allscott consist of 2 days training for PA1/PA6A, and 1 day for PA2. Assessments are held on a separate day, a few days after the training.

What do I need to bring with me to the Safe Use of Pesticides course?

You will need to bring your own Personal Protection equipment, something to write with, a calculator for the PA6A course and a packed lunch. Drinks are usually provided but you may prefer to bring a flask or cold drink.

You will need to bring one passport type photo for the NPTC assessment.

What should I wear to attend a pesticides course?

Just wear your usual working clothes and remember to bring your Personal Protection equipment with you.

For the PA1 theory training day, wear comfortable casual clothes.

Is equipment supplied?

At our Allscott courses, Knapsack sprayers are supplied; these are sprayers that have only been used with water for training purposes, so there is no risk of contamination of the training areas.

If you are taking a training course with another supplier, check with them as to what equipment is supplied.

Do I need to do a lot of writing?

No. Training notes are provided but you will probably want to add to these as you go along.

What format does the assessment take?

PA1 is a computer-based test (Global On Line Assessment) in the form of a multi-choice questionnaire. You do not have to be computer literate, as answering the questions is a simple process. However, you do need to be able to read the questions. (It’s similar to the theory element of the Driving Test). You will have one hour to answer 33 questions.

It is possible to go through a 10-minute tutorial before taking the test. The tutorials can be accessed at any time from the City & Guilds website, www.cityandguilds.com/what-we-offer/centres/working-with-us/e-volve.

Other

Can people with special needs be catered for?

Pitchcare strives to support all those who are working within the ground care industry. In the majority of cases, special needs can be met. Please make us aware at an early stage of any special requirements you may have and we will do our utmost to accommodate you.

Who are your Instructors?

Our Instructors are all experienced turf professionals who have worked in the turf industry for many years. Several are qualified to MSc level in sports turf maintenance and pitch construction. They are all approved and registered with Lantra to deliver our Lantra Customised Award courses.