Course Requirements

Course Requirements – all courses

Language, literacy and numeracy.  All courses require you to read information on chemical labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS), use a calculator for basic calculations, solve problems, and fill in workplace forms in English.

How we communicate with you. You must have a valid email address that you check regularly.  It must not be the same email address as anyone else who has done a course with Smith & Georg.  We will use your email address to give you information about the course, updates on your progress, and anything else related to the course.

We will communicate with you by email when:

  • We receive an assessment that you have sent to us
  • If we don’t receive any assessments from you within a month of you starting your course
  • We’ve tried to call you on your phone, but don’t get an answer
  • Any other time we need to contact you

If you wish to contact Smith & Georg please email admin@smithandgeorg.com.au or ring our freecall number 1800 991 985 during SA business hours.

Course requirements – Chemical Accreditation

Prior experience-You do not need prior knowledge, skills and experience using chemicals to successfully undertake the course. However, if you already have experience it will be an advantage, and you may be able to progress through the course quicker.

To complete the course you will require access to:

  1. If you are doing the course online you will need access to a personal computer or tablet, and good internet connection. Note that mobile phones are NOT suitable for viewing online presentations, or for doing most of the assessments. Online presentations and assessments can be made available on a USB memory device – contact us when enrolling if you want this. Also please view our page: Online Training – Computer Requirements.
  2. A video camera or a smartphone that is capable of recording video, and another person who can video you while doing the Performance assessment.
  3. A workplace or a simulated workplace, where you can practice and demonstrate your skills in transporting, storing, handling and applying chemicals, on a realistic and reasonable scale. The workplace or simulated workplace would need to meet industry standards, and include
    • Transport – Ute, truck or trailer with:
      1. Straps for tying down chemical containers
      2. First aid kit
      3. PPE
      4. SDS for each chemical being carried
      5. Dangerous Goods signage if needed
    • Chemical storage area – stand-alone shed, or partitioned part of large shed, cupboard, etc
      1. Secure and locked when not attended
      2. Bunded to contain any spilled/leaked chemical
      3. Sign at entrance. Minimum “DANGER – Chemical Storage” (available at no cost from Smith & Georg). Large stores may need more signage to comply with regulations.
      4. Ventilated to prevent build-up of fumes
      5. Spill clean-up kit available
      6. Chemical register and SDS for all Hazardous Chemicals
    • Preparing & Mixing Site – where chemicals can be measured and mixed safely
      1. PPE available
      2. Spill containment system (could be a spill kit)
      3. Access to water for mixing and for emergency use
      4. Away from sensitive areas (eg children, unauthorized people, waterways)
      5. Ventilated
      6. Good light
      7. Hazard free
    • Application equipment appropriate to the workplace – eg boom sprayer, handsprayer, etc
  4. In good condition, eg hoses not worn, nozzles working to specification, etc
  5. Calibrated
  • Area to apply chemicals
  1. Away from sensitive areas ie organic crops, waterways
  2. For animal health treatments, a suitable animal, and a safe place to treat it
  • Wash down area
    1. Away from sensitive areas such as waterways, desirable vegetation

Chemical handling and application facilities and equipment, including:

  • Chemical handling equipment, including and equipment for measuring chemical; eg measuring jug for liquids; or scales for powder or granular chemicals
  • Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE); eye protection and chemical resistant glove as a minimum, plus any other PPE specified on labels and SDS for the products being used (eg overalls, impervious boots, hat, respirator)
  • Chemical labels and safety data sheets (These can be obtained from the internet)
  • Weather meter; to measure wind, temperature and humidity at the application site

Chemical in an original chemical container.  If this is not practical or safe to do, then you can use ‘simulated’ chemical, eg water and food dye in a container.

If you don’t have access to a suitable workplace or simulated workplace and facilities, as specified above, Smith & Georg offers access to a suitable workplace at 9 Quinns Road, Forreston, South Australia, to practice your chemical handling skills and/or to be assessed. Please contact us if you’d like more information, or to make an appointment.

Suggested time commitment to complete the Chemical Accreditation course via workshop

Total time commitment will be similar for people doing the course online – instead of spending time at the workshop, you will spend time watching the online presentations.

  Training time Assessment time
Participant’s experience Before the workshop:Watching video demonstrations, pre-course reading At the Workshop After the workshop:Reading the manual, watching video presentations, and practising skills After the workshop: Knowledge and Practical assessments (including videos of 13 tasks)
No workplace experience with chemicals# 12-20 hours 8.5 hours 10-20 hours 5-10 hrs
Some workplace experience with chemicals 6-12 hours 8.5 hours 8-15 hours 3-6 hrs
Lots of experience in a workplace using chemicals## 2-4 hours 8.5 hours 2-8 hours 2-4 hrs

# If you have little or no previous experience with chemicals, we invite you to view some valuable videos and presentations about using chemicals at www.smithandgeorg.com.au/trainingpresentations

## If you are confident about your knowledge and skills using agvet chemicals safely and effectively, you may like to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for some or all of the course.  For more information about RPL, go to www.smithandgeorg.com.au/participanthandbook

 

Course Requirements – Control Weeds – We are currently re-writing this course – call us for information on availability

Pre-requisite. Before commencing Control Weeds, you MUST complete the Chemical Accreditation course, or a similar course that covers the following (or equivalent) units of competence:

  • AHCCHM304 Prepare and apply chemicals
  • AHCCHM303 Transport and store chemicals

Unless you have completed this course with Smith & Georg, you will need to provide a Statement of Attainment or accreditation card as proof of having completed the course.

You will also need:

  • As the course is only available online, you will need access to a personal computer or tablet, and good internet connection. Note that mobile phones are NOT suitable for viewing online presentations, or for doing most of the assessments.  Online presentations and assessments can be made available on a USB memory device – contact us when enrolling if you want this.  Also please view our page: Online Training – Computer Requirements.
  • An area where there are weeds growing in your workplace.
  • A camera, to take photos of weeds, and to take photos of your weed control activities
  • Equipment to control weeds using herbicide. This means you must have one or more appropriate herbicides, and application equipment in good working order with which to apply the herbicide to the weeds.  You must also have personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for the herbicides you will be using.
  • Other equipment that be used to control weeds; eg hoe, mulch, mower, brushcutter, etc; and appropriate PPE to be used with that equipment (eg safety glasses, gloves, hearing protection, etc)
  • A person with appropriate expertise who can check your weed identifications and your weed management / plant protection plan. This could be an agronomist, a spray contractor, a supervisor or work colleague with appropriate experience.

Contact Smith & Georg if you want more information about the requirements.

Suggested time commitment to complete the Control Weeds course online

  Training time Assessment time
Participant’s experience Watching online presentations, videos, links to relevant websites Practising skills Knowledge and Practical assessments
No workplace experience with chemicals# 10-20 hours 10-20 hours 8-15 hrs
Some workplace experience with chemicals 6-12 hours 8-15 hours 6-10 hrs
Lots of experience in a workplace using chemicals## 4-6 hours 0-6 hours 4-8 hrs

# If you have little or no previous experience with chemicals, we invite you to view some valuable videos and presentations about using chemicals at www.smithandgeorg.com.au/trainingpresentations

## If you are confident about your knowledge and skills using agvet chemicals safely and effectively, you may like to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for some or all of the course.  For more information about RPL, go to www.smithandgeorg.com.au/participanthandbook

 

If you’re not sure which is the right course for you, or if you have questions about the requirements for your course, please contact us 1800 991 985 to discuss your situation.

 

What happens after you give us your Enrolment Request

A Smith & Georg trainer considers the information you provided in your Enrolment Request form, and how we can meet your needs.

If you already have considerable experience using chemicals we may offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to you, to reduce the amount of course work and assessments you need to complete.

If you have specific learning needs we will phone you to discuss how we might modify the course or the assessments to help you successfully complete it, while ensuring that we do not compromise the integrity of the course.

We will contact you by email to provide you with:

  • Confirmation that we received your Enrolment Request
  • Details of your course
  • A tax invoice for the course (and receipt if you have already paid)
  • A link to information in the Participant Handbook
  • A Participant information form, where we collect information that is required by the government
  • Links to selected online training presentations and videos
  • If you are enrolling in an online course, and have paid the fees, we will send you login details so you can start the course

 

Learning resources

Participants are provided with access to online presentations and training videos prior to attending the face-to-face workshop for Chemical Accreditation.  At the workshop, they are provided with a comprehensive printed Course Manual.

Participants in online courses are provided with demonstrations, comprehensive multimedia presentations, and videos that cover the course content.  Participants in the online Chemical Accreditation course also have access to a downloadable copy of the Course Manual.

All course participants have access to additional resources on the Smith & Georg website at http://www.smithandgeorg.com.au/resources/useful-documents

 

Assessments

All courses include assessments that are designed to assess your knowledge and skills in workplace situations, and to meet the requirements of the units of competence for the course.

Keep a copy of any assessments that you post to us – they sometimes get lost in the post!

To be deemed Competent you must pass all of the assessments. If the assessments show a gap in your knowledge or skills, your course presenter will discuss this with you, and will provide further opportunities for you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills.

Assessments are marked as either Satisfactory or Not Yet Satisfactory.  If any of your assessments are marked as Not Yet Satisfactory, one of our assessors will give you a call to give you an opportunity to explain your answers, provide you with more information, and if necessary they may send you another question or assessment to do.

You have time to learn about chemicals and to practice your skills before attempting the assessments. Only start assessments once you feel competent to do so. You have up to 3 months after commencing or attending a course to complete the assessments.

Please note that we cannot issue your Statement of Attainment (and/or Accreditation card for the Chemical Accreditation and Chemical Reaccreditation courses) until you have completed all requirements of the course, including successful completion of all assessments, payment of fees, and providing us with your Unique Student Identifier (USI).

 

Mutual Obligations

We invite you to view our Participant Handbook and our Policies and Procedures for a summary of our mutual obligations, including our Refund Policy and Complaints Procedure, at www.smithandgeorg.com.au/learner-handbook and www.smithandgeorg.com.au/aboutus/policies-and-procedures .

 

If you have concerns at any time; before, during or after the course, please talk to your presenter in the first instance.  If it’s not appropriate to discuss your concern with the presenter, please ring the Managing Director on 0408 899 386.

 

Want more information?  Call us on FREEcall 1800 991 985 or email us at admin@smithandgeorg.com.au

 

Kind Regards

Dave Georg

Smith & Georg is a Registered Training Organisation, RTO number 40075