About this course

People who work with pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals unsupervised are required to hold a current chemical card.

You work with chemicals, some of which are hazardous. You often work alone, and it’s on your head if something goes wrong. Complete approximately 20-30 hours of self-paced study within 12 weeks, and you will know how to store, transport and use hazardous chemicals.

The course aims to develop knowledge and skills in:
  • Understanding the legal framework surrounding safe use of chemicals
  • Reading and interpreting labels and SDS directions for safe transport, handling and storage
  • Recognising sensitive areas that may be affected by off-target chemical movement.

At a glance:

Course duration: Approximately 20-30 hours of self-paced study
Start date: Enrol anytime
Number of units: 2
Indicative fees: $355 GST-free, nil to eligible applicants
Accredited Course: Yes


  • Integrated pest and resistance management
  • Legislation in the workplace including recordkeeping requirements
  • Using chemicals according to the label and SDS
  • WHS and the workplace
  • Application equipment and calibration
  • Chemical application including spray plans, drift management and residues
  • Transport, storage and disposal of hazardous chemicals

After the NSW Government subsidy, the course cost is $355 GST-free. This Includes SMARTtrain® chemical card issue.

  • This course is delivered online with trainer support

There are no entry requirements for this course.

This course is mapped to the following national units of competency:

In some states and territories it is a legislative requirement for people using chemicals unsupervised to be accredited. Check with your state/territory authority for advice.

Additional Information

  • For information on students rights and responsibilities, and the Tocal College Code of Practice see Industry qualification student policies.
  • State or territory licensing applies in some jurisdictions
  • Your SMARTtrain® accreditation is valid for five (5) years.

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