Q. How much does it cost?
A. The course costs $490 to accredit (first time) or $275 to re-accredit (renewal). This cost covers training and assessment, the accreditation card, and access to the site for 5 years.
Q. How will I benefit from completing the course?
A. In some states of Australia you are legally obligated to complete a Chemical Accreditation course to purchase and/or use certain crop protection and animal health chemicals. Even where it is not a legal requirement, the course will give you knowledge and skills that will help you use dangerous chemicals more safely, thereby protecting you, your family, consumers and the environment. Chemical Accreditation, awarded when you have successfully completed the course, is evidence that you have the knowledge and skills to use chemicals safely.
Q. What do I get at the end of the course?
A. Chemical Accreditation: when you have successfully completed all the assessments, we will send you a nationally-recognised Statement of Attainment for the following Units of Competence:
- AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
- AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals
We will also send you a plastic Chemical Accreditation card.
Q. How long does accreditation last?
A. Accreditation lasts 5 years as determined by industry and as required by legislation in some states. At the end of this period you should re-accredit to catch up with changes in practice and legislation so that you may continue enjoying the benefits of accreditation.
Q. What is required for Re-accreditation?
A. Re-accreditation is available to participants who have already accredited at least once before. It focuses on what has changed over the previous 5 years rather than forcing participants to go over what they already know. Participants of re-accreditation may be required to complete fewer assessments than those doing accreditation for the first time. If you choose to enrol in re-accreditation you will be required to provide evidence that you have accredited previously.
Q. If I register to do Online Chemical Accreditation and I don’t like it or have technical problems can I complete the course offline?
A. Provided you contact us within 3 months of starting and have not finished your course we will endeavor to place South Australian participants in a face-to-face course. If this is not possible, and for participants from other states we will issue a refund.
Q. Does the course apply in my state?
A. Yes, Smith & Georg’s Chemical Accreditation applies in all states. Where appropriate, there are presentations and assessments that are specific to each state. The Statement of Attainment and Chemical Accreditation card are valid in all states of Australia.
Please note that in certain situations in Queensland you must also successfully complete the ‘Control Weeds’ course. Contact our office for more information about this course, and the extra cost.
Also, if you want to use 1080 baits in Victoria you will need to do an extra course. Contact the Victorian DPI for more information (www.depi.vic.gov.au/agriculture-and-food/farm-management/chemical-use/agricultural-chemical-use/bait-use-and-1080)
Q. Does the course apply in my country?
A. The course offers no legal benefits or recognition outside of Australia. However the skills and knowledge gained from participating in the course are applicable to chemical use and safety wherever you are.
Q. What about licensing of spray contractors?
A. In all Australian states except NSW, there is a requirement for people who apply chemicals ‘for fee or reward’ to be licensed. Completion of Smith & Georg’s Chemical Accreditation course satisfies some or all (depending on the state) of the requirements for obtaining a licence from the government. More details are provided in the legislation section of the course, or can be obtained from the licensing authority in your state.
Q. Will my computer and Internet connection be suitable?
A. For details see Computer Requirements