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What is NRoSO?

A central register of sprayer operators using Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as a means of ensuring ongoing training.

Who Can Join?

The scheme is open to anybody who holds an appropriate City & Guilds NPTC PA certificate of competence, or was born before 31st December 1964 and is applying pesticides under "Grandfather Rights".

Please note that the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012 allow the Grandfather Rights exemption to continue until 26 November 2015.  After this date everyone who uses plant protection products authorised for professional use must hold a recognised City & Guilds NPTC certificate of competence.  ATB Training Certificates and other evidence of training are not acceptable.

What is involved?

As a member you are required to collect 30 or more CPD points in each three-year period to qualify for membership renewal. A wide range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events and courses are approved for NRoSO members. Events and courses are publicised in the agricultural press, by colleges, in local training providers’ newsletters and under the events section of this website.

What are the responsibilities of Members?

Members must:

- Ensure that any equipment is being used in accordance with current legislation.

- Have due regard to any environmental impact.

- Give priority to the health and safety of bystanders and those that purchase/use/consume crops being treated.

- Use equipment that affords relevant protection to operators under current health & safety legislation.  

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The NRoSO website has useful features to help you manage your membership

To access the benefits of a faster and more efficient membership we need to make sure we have recorded your email address.  Please send your name, your  NRoSO membership number and your e-mail address to

  • Online access to CPD statements
  • Online renewal payments for members/employers
  • Online set-up of direct debits
  • Renewal statements sent via e-mail
  • Effective tool for employers to manage multiple memberships
  • New members/employers can join the scheme via online registration form

 Renewing on line
A secure payment system now enables members and employers to renew on line, allocating the payment immediately to the membership record.  There are two options, direct debit for annual payments, and debit/credit card for annual/three yearly renewals. When your renewal reminder arrives, why not renew on line and save time and postage?

Joining on Line
If a potential new member has recently taken their PA tests they will need to wait until they have received their certificates before they join.  This will enable us to match the PA qualification record to the membership record. New members who have completed a Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Pesticides can claim eight points providing the member joins within 12 months of certification.