About this course

    There is a suite of four courses:

    • Advanced Spray Application Training – Level 3: Farm workers, farm managers and supervisors, agronomists, growers, spray contractors
    • Spray technicians training – Level 3: Sales personnel, re-sellers
    • Managing Spray Application – Level 4: Farm managers, agronomists, growers, spray contractors.
    • Managing Spray Application for Agronomists – Level 4: Agronomists

See below for more details.

At a glance:

Location: Statewide
Course duration: See course structure
Start date: Multiple intakes
Number of units: See accreditation
Indicative fees: $1,105 GST-free (Nil to eligible applicants)

These courses were designed specifically for our industry and are full of relevant knowledge and information. They have been developed in close association with the NSW Department of Primary Industries, NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Stop Off-Target Spraying (SOS) committee’s consisting of growers, agronomists, key agribusinesses and suppliers. The content is delivered in practical, understandable terms with appropriate demonstrations and are for farm workers, farm supervisors, farm managers, agronomists, growers, spray contractor’s agricultural machinery technicians, spray unit sales personnel and parts technicians.

Details

Advanced Spray Application Training – Level 3,
Spray technicians training – Level 3
Managing Spray Application for Agronomists – Level 4
Managing Spray Application – Level 4

Weather

  • Identification and management of inversions
  • Prediction of weather using available technologies
  • Identification of suitable spray application conditions
  • Recording of information according to legislative requirements

Spray Drift Management Plans

  • Definition of drift – droplet, particle, volatile fraction
  • Investigation of nozzle selection options
  • Identification and management of issues re spray quality:
  • Legal requirements
  • Influence of tank mix
  • Matching water rate to extra coarse and ultra-coarse nozzles
  • Examination of surfactant selection and effect on nozzle performance
  • Development of two spray plans – winter and summer
  • Case study – drift in the USA and the implications for Australian applicators

Chemical Use

  • Determine legal requirements for use of chemicals (Advanced Spray course only)
  • Match 2,4-D rules to advice (Level IV & Agronomist Level IV courses only)
  • Discussion of label changes and the Global Harmonisation System (GHS)
  • Utilisation of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) as a tool for hazard and risk management
  • Discussion of water quality issues affecting chemical survival

Calibration and fine tuning of spray application equipment – workplace visit

  • Customisation of Spray Drift Management Plans to individual workplace requirements – machinery type, operation speed, nozzle spacing (spray planning)
  • Calibration and testing of spray application equipment
  • Calibration and adjusting of fence line jets to avoid under dosing

Storage and transport of chemicals (Advanced Spray course only)

  • Identification of issues concerning transportation of dangerous goods in broad acre farming
  • Development of knowledge re optimal storage and record keeping for ag/vet chemicals

Workplace health & safety processes (Spray technicians’ course only)

  • Apply work health and safety policies and procedures
  • Assist in workplace hazard identification and risk control
  • Observe safe practices during work operations
  • Participate in arrangements for maintaining the health and safety of all people in the workplace

Implement chemical application plan (Agronomist course only)

  • Development of best practice chemical spray recommendations
  • Completion of post course spray plan for a client
  • Update procedures to reflect required changes according to industry best practice

Implement chemical application plan (Level IV course only)

  • Completion of post course spray plan for a client
  • Update procedures to reflect required changes according to industry best practice

Advanced Spray Application Training                             $1,105 GST-free
Spray technicians training                                              $1,105 GST-free            
Managing Spray Application                                          to be costed GST-free
Managing Spray Application for Agronomists                  to be costed GST-free

You may be eligible for funding. To find out whether you are eligible, contact a training coordinator in your area.

Advanced Spray Application Training – Level 3

  • One day workshop
  • One workplace/on-farm session

Spray technicians training – Level 3

  • One day workshop
  • Half day field visit to industry worksite

Managing Spray Application for Agronomists – Level 4 & Managing Spray Application – Level 4

  • Two day workshop
  • Post course work-based tasks

  • Blended delivery of workshop and site visits
  • Learning resources are provided

You must meet the eligibility requirements of the NSW funded training program applied under to secure your subsidised training.

These courses are aligned to the following national units of competency:

Advanced Spray Application Training – Level 3

  • AHCCHM307 - Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
  • AHCCHM304 - Transport and store chemicals
  • AHCMOM315 - Operate chemical application machinery and equipment
  • AHCWRK302 - Monitor weather conditions

Spray technicians training – Level 3

  • AHCMOM315 - Operate chemical application machinery and equipment
  • AHCWHS301 - Contribute to WHS processes

Managing Spray Application for Agronomists – Level 4 
Managing Spray Application – Level 4

  • AHCCHM404 - Develop procedures to minimise risks in the use of chemicals
  • AHCCHM405 - Plan and implement a chemical use program


Additional Information

For information on students rights and responsibilities, and the Tocal College Code of Practice see Industry qualification student policies.

*Workplace visits must be within a 1-hour radius of the course location. These visits are a compulsory part of the course so if you are affected, please contact Cath Sullivan to discuss.

Location

Workshop

Workplace visit*

Caragabal

Tuesday 2nd February

Wednesday 3rd - Friday 5th February

Goulburn

Tuesday 9th February

Wednesday 10th - Friday 12th February

Hillston

Tuesday 23rd February

Wednesday 24th - Friday 26th February

Narromine

Tuesday 16th March

Wednesday 17th March - Friday 19th March

North Star

Tuesday 6th July

Wednesday 7th July - Friday 9th July

Narrandera

Tuesday 20th July

Wednesday 21st July - Friday 23rd July

Mungindi

Tuesday 3rd August

Wednesday 4th August - Friday 6th August

Wee Waa

Tuesday 10th August

Wednesday 11th August - Friday13th August

Coolah

Tuesday 17th August

Wednesday 18th August - Friday 20th August

Walbundrie/Culcairn

Tuesday 24th August

Wednesday 25th August - Friday 27th August

Griffith

Tuesday 31st August

Wednesday 1st September - Friday 3rd September

Cowra

Tuesday 28th SeptemberWednesday 29th September - Friday 1st October

Coming soon!

Coming soon!

Location

Dates

GunnedahWednesday 14th - Thursday 15th July
Wagga WaggaWednesday 28th - Thursday 29th July