Nationally Recognised Training
The course is based on the national Unit of Competence AHCPMG301 Control Weeds.
What topics are covered?
- What is a weed?
- Identifying weeds
- Understanding weeds
- Defining and assessing a weed problem
- Methods used to control weeds
- Putting it all together to develop and implement a weed management plan
State Licensing Requirements
Licensing (where required) is managed by state governments. After completion of the course, participants must submit their statement of attainment to the appropriate state licensing board to obtain their license.
In Queensland, anyone wanting to qualify for a Commercial Operator’s License (known previously as the ACDC License or Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control License) must complete the Chemical Accreditation course and Control Weeds. The Chemical Accreditation course must be completed before doing the Control Weeds course.
For more information on licensing requirements in Queensland contact Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, phone 07 3087 8112, or the DAFF call centre on 132 523.
In South Australia, anyone wanting to qualify for a Pest Management Technician’s licence to apply herbicides as a contractor must complete the Chemical Accreditation course, and the Control Weeds course.
Anyone wanting to qualify for a Pest Management Technician’s licence to apply herbicides plus insecticides or fungicides as a contractor, must complete the Chemical Accreditation course, the Control Weeds course and the Control Plant Pests Diseases and Disorders course, preferably in that order.
For more information on licensing requirements in South Australia contact SA Department of Health, phone 08 8226 7117.
In Tasmania, anyone wanting to apply for a Certificate of Competency in Agricultural Spraying (required to become a spray contractor) must complete the Chemical Accreditation course, the Control Weeds course, and the Control Plant Pests Diseases and Disorders course, preferably in that order.
For more information on licensing requirements in Tasmania contact the Licence Coordinator, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, phone 03 6777 2118.
How does the online course work?
The course consists of a number of topics which have one or more video presentations, often with links to useful websites; followed by an assessment. The assessments require you to answer questions based on the content in the presentations and/or to conduct small projects (eg weed identification).
It is expected that course participants will take approximately 1-2 days to complete the Control Weeds course. This time may be spread out over a number of days, weeks, or even months. The actual time taken to complete the course will vary depending your study methods and your level of existing knowledge and skills in controlling weeds. You can take up to 3 months to complete the course.
Help is available from our fully trained and experienced course facilitators by phone, email and fax during office hours. You will be fully supported during your study – if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.
Before commencing the Control Weeds course you MUST complete the Chemical Accreditation course, or a similar course that covers the following (or equivalent) units of competence:
- AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
- AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals
Unless you have completed this course with Smith & Georg, you will be required to provide a statement of attainment as proof of having completed the course.
- We do not recommend that you try to complete this course on a smart phone (other than the photo requirements).
- One of the assessments requires you to take photographs of at least 10 weeds, and to identify them; so you will need a camera and an area where there are some weeds.
- In another assessment you need to develop and implement a weed management plan. To do this you will need:
- An area where there are weeds growing (if this is not possible in your workplace, it could be weeds in a garden or a backyard).
- Equipment to control the weeds. This could be a sprayer, herbicide (or simulated herbicide) and measuring jug; or a hoe; or mulch; or other suitable equipment.
- Where applicable, you must also have appropriate personal protective equipment for the weed control activity. Depending on the activity, this may be gloves, ear protection, sun protection, safety boots, chemical protection, etc.
- A camera to take photographs before, during and after you control the weeds.
- A person with weed control experience and expertise; who can check your weed identifications, and who can check your weed management plan. This could be a weed control professional; or a supervisor or work colleague with appropriate experience.
If you cannot obtain these requirements, please contact us to discuss your needs.
Want to know more?
- See our list of current and past clients
- Contact us to ask a question or request a call back at a time that suits you.
- Call us on 1800 991 985 so we can answer any questions you have or enrol you for the online course over the phone.
Please contact us if you require any more information.