RCA Professional Development Points

Approved industry events

From 2020, following the merger of the Growsafe and Rural Contractors RCA scheme, evidence of professional development has been formalised.  It has always been a requirement of the audit undertaken for RCA renewal.  However, there is now a more structured approach requiring evidence of attendance at approved industry events or online learning.  RCAs renewing are required to have achieved 2 points per year for each year since June 2019.

The following events are currently approved for the points value listed.

Event Details including date Points
Agcarm Winter Conference Wellington, 2019 2
Agcarm Summer Conference Christchurch, 26 Feb 2020 2
FAR Conference 2019 - Session 2 Lincoln, 28 June 2019 3
Massey University Understanding Herbicides 3 day course Palmerston North (annual) 5
NZ Biosecurity Institute conference NETS2019 Tauranga, 24-26 July 2
NZPPS conference Auckland, 13-15 August 2019 3
Rural Contractors Agchem morning Held at annual conference in Nelson 2019 3
Rural Contractors Roadshow presentation Various locations 2019 2
Wilding Conifer Conference Cromwell, 24-25 September 2019 2

To submit an event for assessment, please email info@growsafe.co.nz with a schedule for the event including times, topics and a contact name for the event.  Please note that first aid courses do not count towards professional development points.  The training needs to be related to agrichemicals and their safe, responsible and effective use.  Having a current first aid certificate is one of the questions on the checklist for RCA renewal, so renewing your certificate will enable you to tick off this requirement but not the professional development points.

Online resources

Each of the options below will provide you with one PDP (professional development point).  Watch or listen to the video/podcast and then answer questions in the quiz.  When you pass, the quiz results will be sent to us and we will be able to record them against your name.


Watch this video or podcast developed by the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR).  There is also some supporting information available.
Answer the questions in this quiz.

Herbicide resistance

Watch this video or podcast developed by the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR).
Answer the questions in this quiz.


Watch this video interview of a recent Nuffield New Zealand scholarship recipient talking about the impact of possible future restrictions on glyphosate use.
Answer the questions in this quiz .