In order to register as a professional user, you are required to have formal training in the safe use and application of pesticides. Experience alone does not qualify an individual to register.

The following is a list of qualifications which are recognised by DAFM as being appropriate training for the purposes of registration:

  • QQI 5N1797 – Boom Sprayer.
  • QQI 5N0731 – Handheld Sprayer.
  • City&Guilds PA1 + PA2a – Boom Sprayer.
  • City&Guilds PA1 + PA6 – Handheld Sprayer.
  • City&Guilds PA1 + any other PA module appropriate to the usage of the professional user.
  • Teagasc Pesticide Application course (as part of 1-yr or 2-year qualification).
  • Teagasc Pesticide Application stand-alone short course.
  • Lantra Awards – Safe Use of Pesticides (PA1) and Vehicle Mounted Boom Sprayer (PA2)
  • Lantra Awards – Safe Use of Pesticides (PA1) and Hand Held Equipment (PA6)
  • Lantra Awards - for Granular, Pesticide plug, Stem Injection and Trailed Wick applications

If you have completed a qualification that was awarded by Teagasc and are unsure as to its suitability, you can verify your qualification for the purposes of DAFM registration as a PU by submitting a query form directly to Teagasc, which is available at

List of Training Providers for users of Professional Use Pesticides – December 2022 (pdf 212Kb)