People born before 31st December 1964 are no longer exempt from holding a certificate of competence for using an agricultural pesticide product. It is a legal requirement to follow the rules outlined in ‘The Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012’. If you do not adhere to the rules, you will also risk prosecution and a reduction in your BPS and certain Pillar II payments. If you do not hold a certificate of competence or specified certificate, but require the application of professional pesticides to your land, you may employ a contractor or neighbouring farmer. It would be your responsibility to check that they hold an appropriate specified certificate.