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 successfully undertake the course you will need:

  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, 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
      1. In good condition, eg hoses not worn, nozzles working to specification, etc
      2. 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
  4. If you don’t have any prior experience handling and using chemicals, it will be a big advantage if you have someone who can mentor you, and supervise you while you practice your chemical handling skills.
  5.  Chemical handling and application facilities and equipment, including:

Chemical handling equipment, including 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

6. 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.

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. There may be an extra charge for this. 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

You must complete the Pre-course Questionaire-Chemical Accreditation, and submit it for checking by Smith & Georg, before we can enrol you in the course.

 

Course Requirements – Control Weeds 

Pre-requisite training

Before commencing this Control Weeds course, you must have successfully completed the Smith & Georg Chemical Accreditation course, or a similar course that addresses the two units of competence:
• AHCCHM303 prepare and apply chemicals; and
• AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
If you did not complete the pre-requisite course with Smith & Georg, you must provide either a statement of attainment or an accreditation card as evidence that you have completed it with another Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

To successfully undertake the course you will need:

  • A workplace where you can safely practice using herbicides and other methods of controlling weeds.
  •  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 the assessments. Online presentations and assessments can be made available on a USB memory device – contact us when enrolling if you want this; however, you will still need good internet connection to access other websites that are integrated into the course.
  •  A camera or smartphone, to take photos of weeds (Assessment 1), and to take photos of your weed control activities (Assessments 4 and 5). You must be able to send your photos to us, by either uploading them to the online course, or emailing them to us, or posting them to us (either as prints or on a memory stick).
  •  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. Your application equipment could be one or more of: a hand-held sprayer, a backpack sprayer, a boom sprayer, or any other equipment used to apply herbicides. You must also have personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for the equipment and the herbicides you will be using.
  •  An area where you can safely apply herbicide to weeds, and which you can re-visit several times over a period of several weeks to monitor the effectiveness of the herbicide.
  • Other equipment that may 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). you will also need an area where you can control weeds using one or more of these non-chemical methods of control.
  • While not essential, it will help if you have a person with appropriate expertise who can mentor you through the course, and check your weed identifications and your weed management plan. This could be an agronomist, a spray contractor, a supervisor or a work colleague with appropriate experience.

If you want more information about the requirements, or are not sure if you have everything you need to successfully complete the course, please contact Smith & Georg on 1800 991 985 to discuss your situation.
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 controlling weeds, including the use of herbicides 10-20 hours 10-20 hours 20-40 hrs
Some workplace experience controlling weeds, including the use of herbicides 6-12 hours 8-15 hours 6-10 hrs
Lots of experience controlling weeds, including the use of herbicides # 4-6 hours 0-6 hours 4-8 hrs

 

# If you are confident about your knowledge and skills in controlling weeds 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

 You must complete the Pre-course Questionaire-Control Weeds, and submit it for checking by Smith & Georg, before we can enrol you in the course.

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.

 

For Chemical Accreditation and Control Weeds

What happens after you return your Pre-course Questionnaire

A Smith & Georg trainer considers the information you provided in your Pre-course Questionnaire, to make sure you have everything you need to successfully complete the course.
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 Pre-course Questionnaire – Chemical Accreditation
  •  Details of your course, including any reasonable adjustments agreed upon
  •  A tax invoice for the course (and receipt if you have already paid)
  •  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

For face-to-face workshops 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, videos that cover the course content and links to various government and industry websites.  Participants in the online Chemical Accreditation course also have access to a downloadable copy of the Course Manual.For Control weeds course participants there are many resources available to the learner;either online, in print, or via access to weed control specialists.

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 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