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Professional Users / Sprayer Operators

A professional user is any person who applies/sprays professional use products, regardless of quantity or method of application, including operators, technicians, employees and self-employed people, both in the farming and other sectors

From the 26th November 2015, only a registered professional user can apply pesticides authorised for professional use. 

From the 26th November 2016, all sprayers that are more than 5 years old having a boom width of >3m, and all blast and orchard sprayers must have passed a Pesticide Application Equipment Test before being used to apply professional use plant protection products.

The interval between tests must not exceed 5 years up to 2020 after which the interval must not exceed 3 years. A list of registered Inspectors of Pesticide Application Equipment is available on the PCS website at


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