From the end of 2015 anyone applying pesticides for professional use will need to have a formal qualification to do so. Up to now those born before 1965 could be authorised on the basis of “grandfather rights”.
The issue arises from the EU Sustainable Use Directive related to the safe and responsible storage, use and disposal of pesticides. The directive requires that from 26 November 2015 anyone in the United Kingdom applying a professional plant protection product (PPP) will have to hold necessary qualifications. From that date grandfather rights, i.e. knowledge gained through experience, will no longer be an acceptable alternative to holding the correct qualification.
More details will emerge in due course as to the qualification that will need to be undertaken. It is likely to be a City and Guilds assessment and it may be possible for it to be carried out at the candidate’s premises. We will keep members updated as details emerge.