GROWSAFE Standard Certificate

NOTE: This certificate will be available from 1 January 2018.

Who should do this course?

This course is for agrichemical users working independently (ie with little or no supervision) with responsibility for a single site/property, and may have responsibility for managing or supervising others. You are likely to be operating in a known set of circumstances, eg one location, crop and/or equipment type (or operating under the supervision of someone with GROWSAFE Advanced or RCA certification).

The EPA Hazardous Substances (Hazardous Property Controls) Notice 2017 lists the GROWSAFE Standard certificate as an acceptable qualification for the use of highly ecotoxic agrichemicals for ground-based application to land. Additionally, all regional plans specify that agrichemicals used in commercial operations such as farms, orchards, vineyards, forests, must be applied in accordance with NZS8409. Most of these plans specify that users hold a GROWSAFE Introductory certificate or equivalent training.

Course content

Once you've finished the course and assessment requirements, you will be:
  • trained to apply agrichemicals in a safe, responsible and effective way with minimal adverse impact on human, environmental and animal health
  • aware of the regulatory and market requirements relating to agrichemical use
  • aware of your obligations under the various legislations that impact on the use of agrichemicals in New Zealand.

Prerequisites

The GROWSAFE Basic certificate (or equivalent knowledge) plus one season's spraying experience is a prerequisite for this course.  The course tutors will assume all trainees have a basic level of knowledge of agrichemicals and their use so they can focus on new, higher level content. 

In certain limited circumstances, a trainer may grant an exemption to the prerequisite to enable trainees who do not meet the prerequisite to attend the course.  However, the certificate will not be awarded until both written and practical competency is demonstrated. If you are unsure, talk with your GROWSAFE Trainer to discuss whether this course is right for you.

Assessment

The GROWSAFE Standard certificate will be awarded on successful completion of both written and practical assessments.  The practical assessment requires the following:
  • copy of an inventory for your workplace; and
  • provision of eight completed spray diaries covering eight independent spray events (ie different date, place or agrichemical) with sign-off from an independent third party eg manager.
Alternatively, in place of the spray diaries, the following evidence will be acceptable:
  • a practical demonstration of skill in a real or simulated workplace using real agrichemicals
  • interview of candidate by the assessor/tutor
  • interview of candidate's supervisor/employer.

Certified handler

The GROWSAFE Standard course is designed to meet the knowledge requirements for WorkSafe's Certified Handler Test Certificate (previously known as Approved Handler) which enables you to purchase and apply highly toxic agrichemicals. However, it is likely that you will need to provide additional evidence of practical competency and specific workplace procedures to be awarded the Certified Handler certificate. 

Unit standards

Some trainers may offer one or two unit standards: 21563 and 27215. Check with your Trainer when you enroll to confirm whether or not unit standards will be awarded.  There may be additional assessment requirements to achieve these unit standards.

Expiry of certificate and renewal

A GROWSAFE Standard Certificate is valid for 5 years, at which time it can be renewed. This is because laws, technology and best practice are constantly changing. While you can read and hear about these changes yourself, your customers and the regulators require evidence that you are up-to-date. Renewal of your certificate must be done within 6 months of expiry of your certificate. This can be done by: If your certificate expired more than six months ago, contact your local trainer to discuss renewal requirements.

Course cost

The cost of GROWSAFE courses is set by the trainer/provider delivering the course. Contact trainers in your area to find out what they charge.

As a guide, a Standard course is around $350 - $480 + GST; and a renewal course is $250 - $350 + GST. There may be an additional charge for Certified Handler certificate issue or unit standards. Click here  to view upcoming courses around New Zealand.