Farm Chemical Users and Refresher

RIST Agricultural College Chemical Testing

Course Duration: 3 days

Training Location: South West Victoria

Commencement Dates: Flexible start times throughout the year

Study Level: Certificate III/IV

Entry Requirements: Students must be over the age of 16

Study Area: Farm Chemicals

About the course

This course is delivered in a practical working environment with our AusChem Training Victoria accredited trainers, and is a requirement for those seeking agricultural chemical user registration.  The course is endorsed as suitable for commercial herbicide/pesticide applicator training. Participants who successfully meet the requirements of the course are issued with a Farm Chemical Users Certificate (which is valid for 5 years) and are eligible to apply for the Agricultural Chemical Users Permit (ACUP).

The Farm Chemical Users Refresher course enables users of AgVet Chemicals to keep up to date with changes in chemical use, new legislation and to have a reminder about safety and best practice.  This course is required to retain registration in some industry QA programs, and is best suited to general chemical users.

Fees and charges:

This course is fee for service.

Can I get credit for previous study/experience?

RIST offers the opportunity for students to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC) in all nationally recognised training that RIST is able to offer.

When can I start?

To register, email or call 03 5573 0943

How do I apply?

Contact RIST on:  

Phone: 03 5573 0943

Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Further information:

Helen Read, Short Course Coordinator

Ph: 03 5573 0943, Email:

2018 Course Dates

Full Course: 5 - 7 December - Hamilton

Refresher Course: 31 May - Hamilton

Key topics covered

  • Pests and pest control

  • Understanding farm chemicals

  • Chemical selection, decanting & mixing

  • Transport and storage

  • Planning & application of chemicals

  • Emergency procedures

  • Clean up and disposal

  • Boom spray calibration

  • Legislation changes

  • Occupational health and safety

  • Labels and MSDS

Units of competency

Full Course

AHCCHM303: Prepare and apply chemicals

AHCCHM304: Transport and store chemicals

Refresher Course

AHCCHM401: Develop procedures to minimise risks in the use of chemicals


This was an excellent course where I learnt the legal requirements regarding the use of sprays and how to use sprays in different weather conditions.
— RIST student, Farm Chemical Users