L7 Plant Protection [ Module ] (5 Credits)

ModulePlant Protection (for registration with DAFM as Professional User of Pesticides status)

Part Time
Kildalton or Botanic Gardens
12 weeks
20 Aug 21

If you are interested in applying for this course please email  [email protected]  for application details and we can deal with individual queries then

Contact Dr. Cara Daly [email protected] for more information, and for the confirmed timetable as it varies depending on the location.  

The module will enable the student to describe and apply techniques to control weed, pests and diseases. The student will learn how to calibrate and use a knapsack sprayer correctly.

On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to:

  • Identify a range of horticultural pests, diseases, disorders and weeds.

  • Describe the effects of infestations of pests, diseases, disorders and weeds on crops.

  • Describe life cycles, monitoring and control methods for pests, diseases, disorders and weeds.

  • Describe the main types, formulations, modes of action, and resistance to pesticides.

  • Describe the current pesticide regulations.

  • Operate a knapsack sprayer, calculate and make up spray mix, correctly apply a pesticide, demonstrate effective cleaning, storage, and calibration of equipment.

Leaving Certificate or equivalent; or mature student

Students who pass the course will accrue 5 ECTS credits and will be eligible to register on the Professional Users of Pesticides register held by The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine as required under Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive.

The course will be of use to people working in the Horticulture Industry, to farmers and agricultural workers, county council maintenance employees, and volunteers working with Men’s sheds, Tidy Towns, and other community groups who play a role in landscape maintenance. 


The course is split into 50% continuous assessment (CA) and 50% final written exam. The CA will be assessed at various times through the semester, while the final exam will be for 2-hours and will run in December 2019 (date to be confirmed).  The course runs both in Kildalton College and The National Botanic Gardens. 

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