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Grassland Pesticide Training

This course provides participants with the skills and knowledge required to develop grassland weed control strategies.


Expressions of Interest for the 2024 course are now open

Teagasc is running a professional Grassland Pesticide training courses beginning in June 2024. These courses will be delivered using a combination of face to face and online teaching methods. On successful completion of this course participants will be registered with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine as approved Pesticide Advisors (Grassland) and can provide advice on grassland pesticides. 

There will two face to face contact days:

  • Day 1: 5th June | Mountbellew Agricultural College
  • Day 2: 2nd October | Mountbellew Agricultural College 

If there is enough interest a second course will be organised for Clonakility Agricultural College.

Who is it for?

It is a legal requirement under the Sustainable Use Directive (SUD) that only trained professionals are permitted to provide pesticide advice to farmers. This course has been designed for anyone providing advice to grassland farmers and ensures compliance with the SUD Directive. e.g. Company representatives, farm advisers, agricultural merchants etc.

Grassland Pesticide Course 2024

Specific educational objectives

  • Appraise the biology and control of weeds, pests and disease of grassland
  • Appraise integrated pest management, pesticide use and efficiency
  • Support farmers preparing for the sprayer test
  • Devise integrated pest management practices for grassland
  • Advise on best practice for integrated pest management in grassland
  • Appraise legislation relating to pesticide use 

Course Delivery

The course includes 2 days lectures/practical sessions (face to face meetings at a later date in the selected College) and is supported by online content and mentoring by a senior advisor. Each participant must be mentored by a senior advisor through the course (Grassland Pesticide Mentor). The course requires participant study in the lead up to each practical day. Continuous assessment on-line will feature each week with exams on both workshop days.


  • Level 5 in an agricultural course or handling and distribution of pesticides course; or
  • Level 6 (appropriate qualification) and suitable level of experience (preferably 5 years or more in the industry)

Supporting documentation will be required. 

Course fee

  • ConnectEd Members: €270
  • Non-Members: €300

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Cancellations up to three weeks prior to the course commencing will be given a full refund. Thereafter, no refunds will be made.