AusChem WA


Risk Management in Pesticide Use
Reaccreditation Courses
Using Chemicals Safely


The units of competency delivered in course content and assessments for this course are:


AHCCHM 303 Prepare and apply chemicals 


1. Determine the need for chemical use 1.1 Nature and level of the pest, weed infestation or disease is identified
1.2 Need for control is assessed
1.3 The requirement for chemical use as an option within an integrated pest management strategy is assessed. 
1.4 Hazard and risk analysis of different chemical options is undertaken
1.5 Requirement for chemical application is identified and confirmed.
2. Prepare application/spray plan

2.1 Mixing rates for chemical is defined and calculated.
2.2 Application equipment type and set up requirements are determinded for intended application.
2.3 The quantity of mix required is determined. 
2.4 Meteorological conditions and forecasts prior to and during application are accessed. 
2.5 An application/spray plan is completed.

2.6 Notify neighbours as required in accordance with industry practice or regulatory requirements

3. Prepare chemical mixes 3.1 Requirements from chemical labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) are interpreted and applied.
3.2 Appropriate first aid supplies are at hand.
3.3 Appropriate personal protective and mixing equipment is selected and used in accordance with MSDSs and chemical label.
3.4 A suitable location for mixing and loading is selected.
3.5 Chemicals are prepared in accordance with registered use.
3.6 MSDSs are followed in the event of a spill.
4. Calibrate application equipment 4.1 Pre-operational checks of application equipment are carried out.
4.2 Equipment is calibrated in accordance with manufacturer specifications and application/spray plan.
4.3 Calibration is checked for conformity to the requirements of the application/spray plan.
4.4 Chemical is loaded wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and controlling risks to human health and the environment.
5. Apply Chemicals 5.1 Appropriate personnel proctective equipment is selected and used in accordance with MSDSs and chemical label.
5.2 Chemical is applied in accordance with the application/spray plan and/or instructions and legislative and/or regulatory requirements.
5.3 Risks to others, product integrity and the environment are assessed and minimised.
6. Clean up equipment and complete records

6.1 Excess chemical is disposed of in accordance with label and MSDSs requirements.
6.2 Application equipment is cleaned and decontaminated.
6.3 Requirements for the disposal of unused chemical, containers spilled materials are determined and implemented.
6.4 PPE and mixing equipment is cleaned and stored.
6.5 Incidents are reported as required in accordance with legislative and/or regulatory requirements.

6.6 All records, e.g. calibration, application, DG/hazard substances, risk assessments, are completed in accordance with legislative, industry and enterprise requirements.


AHCCHM304 Transport, handle and store chemicals 


1. Transport and handle chemicals and biological agents

1.1 Transport requirements are identified and followed from legislative and regulatory requirements, including Occupational Health and Safety (OHS).
1.2 Risks involved in the transport and handling of chemical and biological agents are assessed and minimised.
1.3 Containers are confirmed as being in a sound condition to transport.
1.4 PPE is used as required according to manufacturer specifications and OHS requirements.
1.5 Instructions from chemical material safety data sheets (MSDS) are followed in the event of a spill.
1.6 Transport incidents are reported as required according to legislative and/or regulatory requirements.

1.7 Appropriate first aid kit and spill kit are confirmed as being on hand for all stages of transport, handling and storage.

2. Store chemicals in the work place

2.1 Appropraite storage methods are used according to chemical labels, MSDS, and/or legislative and regulatory requirements.
2.2 Risks involved in storage of chemical and biological agents are assessed and minimised.
2.3 Storage area is maintained according to legislative and regulatory requirements, including OHS and environmental protection.
2.4 Products are retained in original containers with labels intact.
2.5 Storage methods are utilised to prevent contact with people or animals, contamination of produce or the environment.

2.6 Correct disposal procedures are applied for used chemical drums and storage containers.

2.7 Unwanted and/or out of date chemicals are disposed of according to legislative and/or regulatory requirements and industry programs.

3. Record storage details 3.1 Chemical storage inventory and records are maintained according to legislative and regulatory requirements, including OHS.
3.2 Storage incidents are reported as required according to legislative and/or regulatory requirements.



ASSESSMENT PLAN Over the course of the 2-day training programme you will be directed by your trainer to complete assessments. Assessment methods comprise:

  • Written Questionnaires
  • Structured Activities
  • Self Assessment

All assessments must be completed to pass this course. No special resources are required for the assessment process.

Individual assessments cover the following elements of competency:

Assessment RTC 3704A RTC 3705A
Ch 1 Pest Management    
Assessment 1.1 1.1, 1.2, 1.3  
Assessment 1.2 1.1, 1.2, 1.3  
Assessment 1.3 1.3  
Ch 2 Risk Management    
Assessment 2.1 1.4, 1.5, 2.4, 2.5, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5  
Assessment 2.2 1.4  
Ch 3 Labels & MSDSs    
Assessment 3.1 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 5.2, 5.3 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4
Assessment 3.2 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 4.2, 4.3 1.2
Ch 4 Legislation    
Assessment 4 2.4, 2.5, 4.3, 4.6  
Ch 5 Veterinary Chemicals    
Assessment 5 1.1, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.4, 3.5, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5
Assessment 6.1
2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.4, 4.3, 4.4, 4.6, 4.8, 4.9, 5.3, 6.3, 6.4  2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5
Ch 6 Environmental Safety    
Assessment 6.2 4.1, 4.3, 5.1, 5.3, 6.2 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 3.1, 3.2
Assessment 6.3   1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2
Assessment 6.4   3.1, 3.2
Ch 7 Application    
Assessment 7.1 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.7, 5.2, 6.1, 6.4  
Assessment 7.2 3.4, 4.4  
Ch 8 Personal Safety    
Assessment 8 1.4, 2.5, 3.1, 4.2, 4.8, 4.9, 5.2, 5.4, 6.3, 6.5 1.5, 3.3
Risk Assessment Work Sheet 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.9, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5  1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2



In addition to meeting the underpinning knowledge and skills and the performance criteria in a range of different applications, participants must also be able to demonstrate:


TASK SKILL Performing tasks to the required skill level
Task Management Skills Managing a number of different tasks within one or more jobs
Contingency Management Skills Responding and acting appropriately when things go wrong
Job/Role Environment Skills Fulfilling the expectations and responsibilities of the workplace
Transfer Skills Being able to transfer skills and knowledge to new situations



REACCREDITATION COURSES – to maintain AusChem accreditation after 5 years

AusChem WA policy requires that accreditation be valid for a period of 5 years. It is then necessary to renew the accreditation which will be valid for a further 5 years. AusChem WA's 1-day reaccreditation courses complete the requirements for renewal of the accreditation.

Chemical users seeking AusChem WA accreditation who took a course more than 6 years ago and who have not taken a reaccreditation programme in the interim are required to demonstrate their competence to today's industry standards and in a way that is acceptable under the Australian Quality Training Framework.

These chemical users need now to:

For more information please contact AusChem WA office on 0402 611 290.

To maintain AusChem accreditation there are two courses:

Reaccreditation Course,
Spray Application and Chemical Risk Management in Grain Production

These courses address the AusChem WA requirements for you to receive updated information and assessment in the areas of the Chemical Label and MSDSs, Legislation and Calibration. This is in addition to other legal, best practice and compliance information and updates applicable in the 5 year period since you took the course.

If you are declared competent in the assessments, AusChem WA will issue you with a Statement of Reaccreditation and a new AusChem ID card showing your details and your latest expiry date in a further 5 years.



This course addresses learning outcomes under the units of competency RTC 1701A Follow basic chemical safety rules and RTC 2706A Apply Chemicals under supervision. AusChem WA issues a Statement of Participation for this course.

Registered Training Organisations, such as Agricultural Colleges or High Schools may issue a formal Statement of Attainment. For details of training and assessment procedures, please contact the relevant Registered Training Organisation.