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Statement of Attainment training in Chemical Application - SMARTtrain (Level 3) [extract from AHC31410]


This program covers the preparation and application of liquid chemical mixes and/or granular products for control or weeds, pests and disease across a range of industry sectors. It also covers safe transport, handling and storage of liquid and dry chemical formulations.
This training program achieves two units of competency from the Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management (AHC31410).

Qualification: Statement of Attainment - training in Chemical Application - SMARTtrain (Level 3) [extract from AHC31410]
Program No: SA-BE55
Campus: CIT Bruce 
Duration: Series of workshops at CIT during 1 semester, Plus completion of workplace actives and research project recorded in SMARTtrain workbook.
Likely Job Outcome: Chemical applicator for horticultural industry.
Application Type: Skills Training

Additional Information

This program meets the requirements for formal training in pesticide application within NSW. On successful completion of the program you will be eligible to apply for the Nationally recognised SMARTtrain certification that is valid for 5 years.

Within the ACT, if you complete the training in Weed Identification and the training in Chemical Application - SMARTtrain (Level 3) you will meet the level of training required to gain local government weed control contracts.

You will need to purchase the SMARTtrain Chemical Application (Level 3) Assessment Guide and Reference Manual (cost approx $100) and you need to wear clothing suitable for manual outdoor work.

Entry Requirements / How to Apply

By enrolling, CIT assumes you have checked and met these entry requirements. CIT staff will confirm either before (for all VET FEE-HELP qualifications) or within the first few weeks of classes.

You must
- be able to read and write documents and understand maths concepts to a level required to complete Year 10 (early in your program your skills will be checked - if you cannot read and write documents and complete maths work to the level needed, you will be enrolled in additional subjects to help you build the skills needed to successfully complete the program)

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Transition Information

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Subject Cancellations/Changes

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Subject Information

Complete all 2 subjects

  • AHCCHM303A  Prepare and apply chemicals
    • CIT Code: HORT643
      Cost: $150
      Description: This unit covers the process of preparing and applying chemicals and defines the standard required to:  assess the need for chemical use:  comply with safety, chemical label and MSDS requirements;  prepare an application/spray plan;  prepare and apply chemicals;  calibrate application equipment and maintain chemical records.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • AHCCHM304A  Transport, handle and store chemicals
    • CIT Code: HORT644
      Cost: $150
      Description: This unit covers the process of transporting, handling and storing chemicals safely and identifies the standard required to:  correctly maintain and use personal protective equipment (PPE) according to label;  follow emergency procedures for chemical spillage;  follow legislative requirements for the safe transport of chemicals;  and maintain storage area and chemical manifest.
      Prerequisites: Nil

Related Courses

Diploma Horticulture AHC50416
Certificate III Conservation and Land Management AHC31410
Certificate III Sports Turf Management AHC31310
Certificate III Landscape Construction AHC30910
Certificate III Parks and Gardens AHC31010
Certificate III Horticulture AHC30710
Statement Attainment training Chemical Application Bridging/Refresher - SMARTtrain (Level 3) [extract from AHC31410]

More Information

For more information about this course please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email