Boom Sprayer Testing

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Why Sprayer Training?

The Sustainable Use Directive (SUD) stipulates that all professional users such as farmers and distributers of plant protection products, are now required to be trained and registered with the department before they spray.

The training involved focuses on pesticide application which includes Boom Sprayers and Knapsack Sprayers.

Farmers and professional users need to ensure that they are compliant.

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Why Sprayer Testing?

Under Irish legislation all sprayers must be tested once before Nov 26th 2016. This test will cover the sprayer until 2020. Thereafter a test will be required every 3 years after 2020. The legislation refers to all boom sprayers (above 3m) and blast/orchard sprayers.

Testing will regulate and rationalise the amount of spray which will reduce waste and save you money.

The chance of mid-season breakdown is also reduced if your sprayer is tested.

Testing your sprayer will protect you, your operator, employees and the general public from health and safety risks associated with using pesticides and contribute to a safer environment

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Pre-Testing Checklist


Why use FRS Training?

  • FRS Training are QQI accrediatated course providers and have delivered thousands of pesticide application courses (Boom and Knapsack) nationwide.
  • All FRS equipment inspectors are qualified and registered with the Department. Take care that your tester has the necessary training and registration. You can check the Department’s website for confirmation –
  • FRS Training have a long standing loyalty to, and relationship with, the farming community and offer a quality and reliable service.

What’s involved in testing my sprayer?

Boom Sprayer Testing with FRS Training
  • FRS equipment inspectors carry with them carefully calibrated testing equipment. The main components of the your sprayer will be tested, including the control system(s), the pump, all nozzles, the pressure gauge(s), hose lines, pressures throughout the sprayer, filters, etc.
  • You will need to complete the pre-test checklist as published on the Departments website. Once completed, an FRS test booking can be made.
  • FRS testers will issue a certificate and a sticker to your sprayer. The tester will register your ‘pass’ with the Department.
  • In the event the sprayer does not meet the standard, recommendations will be provided informing the user of the necessary repairs.
  • FRS testers will carry a standard stock of parts. If possible they can fit or advise you on where to source parts if necessary.

How do I book an FRS Sprayer Test?

Simply – get an online test quote and we will contact you.
Contact your local Frs office directly or
lo call 1890 20 1000 or


How do I prepare my sprayer for testing?

Simply complete the pre-test checklist


Key elements examined during test:

  • PTO - Guards must be in place
  • Pump - No Leakages
  • Agitation - Visible agitation at maximum working pressure with largest nozzles mounted
  • Tank
    • No Leakages / Strainer / Pressure compensation / Level indicator / Emptying mechanism.
    • Measuring Systems / controls
    • Pressure gauge (readability / marking / diameter / accuracy / steadiness of pointer)
    • Pipes and hoses
    • No leakages / abrasions / kinks or bends
  • Filters
    • Ensure that all in-line filters and, where appropriate, nozzle filters are clean
  • Spray booms - Stability / straightness, / automatic resetting, / nozzle spacing / section control
  • Nozzles - Ensure that all nozzles are identical / no dripping 5 seconds after turning off
  • Pressure / Flow rate - Boom section pressures / nozzle flow rates
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