QQI Recognised Courses

Gills Boom Sprayer CourseAs of November 2015 you need to be registered with the Department of Agriculture in order to buy pesticides over the counter and apply them to crops or weeds.

In order to register you must have completed either a Boom or Handheld Sprayer Application Course.

We provide QQI Recognised Courses for those involved with pesticide spraying either by handheld or boom sprayers.

Boom Sprayer Pesticide Application QQI –  Fetac 5N1797 Level 5

Handheld Sprayer Pesticide Application QQI –  Fetac 5N0731 Level 5

This course is completed in Gills training room and grounds which includes use of tractor and spraying equipment.  We can also provide this course nationwide.

Gill Group QQI AwardProgramme Aim

This programme has been designed to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competency necessary to understand the different infestation of pests that effect crop growth and learn the best control measures available.

You will learn how to calculate the correct amount of pesticide to use and ensure all data has been recorded accurately.

On completion of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the principles and procedures for the safe handling, storage, application and disposal of pesticides including appropriate personal protective equipment
  • Prepare a boo or handheld sprayer for work, including calibration in accordance with good practice and manufacturer’s instructions
  • Make up a pesticide spray mix in accordance with good practice including the pesticide product label dosage recommendations and application area
  • Store a boom or handheld applicator and personal protective equipment in a safe and efficient manner according to the manufacturer’s instruction
  • Learners will be shown how to apply the pesticide mix with a boom or handheld sprayer in a safe and efficient manner according to the manufacturer’s instruction
  • Understand the laws and regulations relating to the use of poisonous substances


In order to demonstrate that they have reached the standards of knowledge, skill and competence identified in all the learning outcomes, learners are required to complete the following assessments:

  • Skills Demonstration – workbook & practical exam worth 60% of the overall grade
  • Written Examination – Theory answer 10 of 12 short questions and answer 2 of 3 long questions (describing procedures) worth 40% of the overall grade

Duration: 2.5 days training (evening courses also available on demand)

Course Location: Course will be run at our QQI approved centre at Gill’s Driving School, Ballina