Spray operator register to target horticulture sector

National register urges pesticide sprayers to further professionalise operations

Horticultural spray operators are being targeted by the Voluntary Initiative in its latest drive to professionalise chemical spraying. With over 18,000 agricultural members on the National Register of Spray Operators (NRoSO), the organisations driving the scheme are seeking holders of the National Proficiency Tests Council (NPTC) certificate of competence in pesticide application and those operating under Grandfather Rights within horticulture to join the scheme. Membership gives sprayers industry recognition and improved job opportunities by providing a scheme of professional development by the NPTC. It acts as proof of up-to-date knowledge and skills. NPTC assistant technical officer Tamarind Davidson said: “Registering ensures that sprayer operators carry out further training. “We need to stress that by joining the NRoSO sprayer operators can demonstrate to employers and others that they are handling pesticides in the most professional way possible by undergoing continual training and development.” Membership is valid for three years and costs £15 per year. During this time members are required to collect a minimum of 30 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points from activities registered with NPTC in environment, application practice and crop protection. Members subscribing to HW receive two CPDs. For information or to register, visit www.voluntaryinitiative.org.uk or call 024 76 696 553.

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