Growsafe Agrichemical Supplier Certificate

Who should do this course?

This course is for rural retail staff who are likely to be working in a customer-facing role in an agrichemical retail store and are advising others on the safe use of agrichemicals.  They may have responsibility for managing a bulk storage facility on site.

Benefits of the course

On successful completion of a Growsafe Agrichemical Supplier course, you will be able to:
  • meet the requirements of a range of regulatory and industry requirements for agrichemical suppliers
  • demonstrate a high level of competency and responsibility in managing the human and environmental risks of agrichemicals
  • demonstrate knowledge of agrichemicals, their mode of action and environmental impact
  • be able to advise customers on the safe use of agrichemicals including storage and transport.

Course content

The Supplier programme consists of three modules:

  1. Retail supply
    Covering storage in particular, this module covers the requirements of Certified Handler for agrichemicals and other common hazardous substances in store.  Transport responsibilities and legal responsibilities relating to the sale of products are also covered.  Assessment will require a site visit, third party assessment or substantial photographic evidence.
  2. Knowledge of agrichemicals
    Key learning outcomes of this module are an understanding of mode of action, formulation, environmental degradation and the role of adjuvants. 
  3. Planning and application
    This module focuses on the comprehensive understanding of key sources of information including spray plans, labels and other sources of product information.  Topics such as resistance management and nozzle selection are covered in terms of their relevance to label recommendations.
The Retail supply module is delivered through a face-to-face course - more information  is available.
Module 2 will be available shortly through online learning and Module 3 is under development.


On successful completion of this course and associated practical requirements, you will be awarded the Growsafe Agrichemical Supplier certificate.   If you have met the competence requirements, you will also achieve the Certified Handler Test Certificate for bulk storage and/or retail supply of agrichemicals.


The Growsafe Standard (or Introductory) certificate is a prerequisite for this course.

Expiry of certificate and renewal

A Growsafe Agrichemical Supplier certificate is valid for 5 years, at which time it must 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. Your Certified Handler certificate can be renewed at the same time.