Safety, Risk Management and Knowledge of what you are handling
The term pesticides includes herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, bactericides, baits, lures and rodenticides (rat poison). Anyone who uses these chemicals or anyone seeking work as a parkland or green keeper, lawn mower, market gardener, flower grower, ground rig operator, landscape gardener, nursery operator, marina operator, wood preservation operator, farmer, or anyone who intends to use pesticides as a volunteer or on behalf of a company, local council or government agency should have a current chemical accreditation.
Most ChemCert Courses are mapped to the Australian Qualifications Framework Level III (AQFIII). However in certain circumstances ChemCert Course’s may be taught at the minimum level of competency required to use pesticides is Australian Qualifications Framework Level II (AQFII) which allows you to spray pesticides under the supervision of someone who is appropriately qualified.
In general all those who use pesticides, herbicides, agricultural or veterinary chemicals or restricted chemicals are advised to complete a reaccreditation course every five years.
Having a current chemical accreditation is often an essential requirement for anyone who wants a job which requires them to spray pesticides, herbicides, agricultural or veterinary chemicals or restricted chemicals as part of their employment. Don’t get caught out!