New South Wales Legislation
Under the NSW Pesticides Act 1999 anyone who uses pesticides in his job or business must be trained and hold a valid licence.
The term pesticides includes herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, bactericides, baits, lures and rodenticides (rat poison).
Also, under the Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Act 2011, anyone who uses hazardous chemicals must be trained.
ChemCert AQF 3 Accreditation enables participants to use, purchase and spray restricted chemicals and pesticides unsupervised and it is recognised by the Office of Environment and Heritage as meeting the training requirements of the NSW Pesticides Act 1999.
Ground Applicator Licence
If you use pesticides as part of your work you should be aware there have been some changes to training and licensing requirements in NSW. From
1 July 2018 individuals who spray weeds for fee or reward must hold a ground applicator licence. If you engage or contract a ground applicator
it is your responsibility to ensure they hold the required licence.
What do I need to apply for one?
To apply for a ground applicator licence you need to have completed the ChemCert AQF3 Chemical Accreditation and attained the units. These training
requirements, including the approved units of competency, can be found on the EPA website. The licence period is five years; in order to reapply
you must hold a current ground applicator licence.
How do I apply for the Licence?
You can do this online, simply navigate to the following EPA hosted application page.
You will need to have a copy of your AQF3 Chemical Accreditation Certificate/SOA to provide the EPA as part of the application process.
Once you have obtained your ground applicator licence you will not be required to complete the five-yearly retraining as long as you hold a current licence. However, it is always a good idea to ensure you keep your work skills up to date with regular training for best management practice.
Does the ChemCert Accreditation AQF3 Course cover use of 1080.
The training provided on 1080 use is minimal, but does cover the basic safety and use. For more indepth training, you may complete the LLS course for more specific training.
The 1080 and pindone pesticide control orders set out training requirements for the use of these pesticides. Within the last 5 years, you must have completed
- mandatory pesticide user training to AQF level 3, or
- the Vertebrate Pesticide Training course delivered through Local Land Services
For more information on 1080 use requirements please visit the NSW EPA website