The CLA are unhappy with burdensome changes to the exemption of grandfather rights which will no longer allow those born before 31 December 1964 to use pesticides without a certificate.
However, successful lobbying from the CLA has limited the number of tests required to just one certificate City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate in the Safe Use of Pesticides instead of several examinations.
To reduce the impact on CLA members, we lobbied hard against these changes brought about by the Sustainable Use Directive, instead of having to undertake separate tests that cover a range of pesticide applications, the CLA has ensured that any grandfather rights holder will only have to take a one off test to gain the qualification.
More details will be provided on the Voluntary Initiative website in the near future.
Grandfather rights expire on 26 November 2015.