Aerial application

Growsafe no longer offers specific certificates for those undertaking aerial application of agrichemicals. However, NZS 8409:2021 Management of agrichemicals is a core reference for aerial applicators.


Ground crew support aerial operations in the agricultural sector and are responsible for ground operations such as mixing and loading of the aircraft.  There are no specific training requirements set out in regulatory requirements but there is a general requirement for training in the safe use of hazardous substances under the Health and Safety at Work Act. 

Pilot Chemical Rating

Pilots who apply agrichemicals from helicopters or fixed wing aircraft must hold a Pilot Chemical Rating issued by a training organisation accredited by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

UAV operators

If you wish to apply agrichemicals from a UAV (drone) then you will need to hold Part 102 certification  issued by the CAA.