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Chemical spraying – ACDC course


Nationally Recognised TrainingThis 2 day nationally accredited hands-on course allows you to identify weeds and learn about their control, as well as how to safely apply, handle, transport and store chemicals.

Completion of his course will also qualify you for an Agricultural Chemicals Distribution and Control (ACDC) licence required by law in certain Australian States and Territories, when applying chemicals for a fee or on other people’s land.

Course code:

  • AHCPMG301A Control weeds
  • AHCCHM303A Prepare and apply chemicals
  • AHCCHM304A Transport, handle and store chemicals


  • Nil

Participants require sufficient language, literacy and numeracy (LL&N) skills to read and comprehend both chemical labels & Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s)

Who should attend the course

This accredited course is designed for individuals working in a range of outdoor roles, typically within the following industries:

  • Pastoral / Agriculture
  • Local government
  • Forestry
  • Construction
  • Nursery Operations
  • Mining, oil and gas industry sectors

Mode of delivery:

  • Face to face training

Learning outcomes:

  • Chemical use and the law – protecting the environment
  • Assessment of weed infestation
  • Planning, implementing and monitoring control measures
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Identifying hazards with herbicide application and Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) risk assessment
  • Weather condition and spray drift
  • Selection and maintenance of tools, equipment and PPE for personal protection
  • Reading and understanding chemical labels and SDS’s
  • Calibration of application equipment
  • Using spray application tools
  • Transporting, handling and safe storage of chemicals
  • Keeping records of chemical use – incident reporting


Assessment is in two (2) parts:

  1. Knowledge Assessment
  2. Performance Assessment

Course duration:

  • 2 days


  • Course is conducted at your workplace or at a negotiated location
  • This course is nationally accredited.
  • Students competently completing the course will be issued with a Statement of Attainment in AHCPMG301A Control weeds, AHCCHM303A Prepare and apply chemicals and AHCCHM304A Transport, handle and store chemicals.
  • If applying chemicals for a fee or on land not owned by occupied by you, in some Australian States and Territories, you must also be licensed under the relevant government department, in addition to completing this course. The process typically involves filling out an application form and sending it to the government department in question, with a certified copy of your Statement of Attainment and a licence fee.


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