News and Updates


Alert Level 3: Update on Services

Published: 28 April 2020
As an interim measure, during Alert Level 3 some Growsafe trainers will be offering remote learning options for the Growsafe Standard course.

Review of NZS8409

Published: 28 April 2020
Work is progressing on the review of the New Zealand Standard for the Management of Agrichemicals. 

COVID-19 Update

Published: 26 March 2020
NZAET is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of our team, and assisting our customers in essential services to continue to operate.  We will continue to reassess our operations as the situation evolves.


Integration of RCA Schemes

Published: September 2019
NZAET (Growsafe) and Rural Contractors have agreed to integrate their respective Registered Chemical Applicator schemes as at September 2019.

Review of NZS8409

Last updated: 23 September 2019
We are commencing a review of the New Zealand Standard for the Management of Agrichemicals NZS8409 to incorporate recent regulatory changes and to update good practice use of agrichemicals.

New Theory Certificate

Published: July 2019
NZAET has introduced a new certificate for those making decisions about spray operations but not actually doing the spray application.


Changes to Growsafe Certificates

Published: March 2018
Growsafe's certificates have changed. From 1 January 2018, we replaced the Growsafe Introductory certificate with two certificates:
  • Growsafe Basic which is for users working under supervision and first-time agrichemical users.
  • Growsafe Standard which is designed for those taking responsibility for a workplace or managing others.

Regulatory Changes

Published: March 2018
Regulatory changes took effect on 1 December 2017, moving responsibility for safe use of hazardous substances in the workplace to WorkSafe.