Training offered for best practice in slug pelleting

Growers are being advised by the Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG) that there is still time to take the classroom-based Slug Pelleting Seminar (SPS) to update their knowledge of best practice in slug pellet use before the PA4 granular application certifications are revoked this June.

After this time, the existing PA4 is being split into separate PA4S and PA4G certifications. The availability of SPS courses will fall as this deadline approaches.

MSG consultant Steve Higginbotham said: "Seminars are taking place for an interim period before changes to the PA4 modules come into effect, giving growers with existing qualifications an opportunity to update their training with a certificate."

Operators who took PA2 or PA3 after June 1994 and before 1 June 2010 qualify to take the SPS, but should act quickly. The seminars cover all aspects of what will be the new PA4S, with the exception of the practical pelleting calibrations.

City & Guilds Land Based Services advised that operators who achieved their PA2 or PA3 certificate after 1 June 2010 will have to take the full PA4S assessment in order to be legally qualified to apply slug pellets.

Growers are reminded that all operators applying slug pellets are strongly encouraged by the Chemical Regulations Directorate to have attended one of the SPS seminars to make sure that they have undertaken the relevant training.

- For details of an approved SPS trainer near you, visit

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