ACDC CHEMICAL LICENCE TRAINING AND ACCREDITATION
2021 - 2023
3 January 2018 - 31 December 2023
7:30 am - 4:30 pm
ACDC Chemical Licence Quick Overview:
- Location: Sunshine Coast, Nambour – Brisbane, Brendale – Gold Coast, Jacobs Well – Gold Coast, Arundel
- Cost: $490
- Schedule: Course runs weekly
- Units of competency: AHCCHM307 – AHCCHM304
- Duration: Pre-course assessment plus 1-day face to face
- Nationally Recognised Training
- Our trainers work in the industry and have current vocational currency
- **Please note as of 30/08/21 you only require the two (2) units (AHCCHM307 & AHCCHM304) instead of the previous three (3) units.**
A standard course includes pre-course assignments and one day face to face training and assessment. Please note the pre-course assignments need to be completed in your own time before the face to face training day.
Overview of ACDC Chemical Licence Training:
ACDC – Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control includes the theoretical and practical components of two (2) units of competency chosen by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) to meet the skills and knowledge required to be able to apply to hold an ACDC unrestricted Licence.
This course consists of two (2) units of competency that make up the skill group that includes;
- The skills and knowledge to identify weeds, pests and diseases
- Hazard and risk management
- Prepare, apply and safely use chemicals.
- SDS use
- Chemical records
- Spray plans
- Chemical management
Funding is available for eligible students. If you are a Jobseeker or School leaver/Young person please contact us to establish eligibility.
Jobseeker means an individual aged 15 years or older who is:
• out of work; or
• in receipt of income support payments.
School leaver or young person means an individual aged 17 to 24 years, regardless of employment status.
JobTrainer is a jointly funded initiative of the Australian and state and territory governments.
If you intend to use ground equipment to distribute herbicides on land that you or a close relative do not own, the Queensland government (Department of Agriculture Fisheries (DAF)) requires you to have a Commercial Operators licence under the ACDC Act. However, in some local authorities (mostly western QLD) in Queensland, the ACDC Act does not apply but most individuals are licensed commercial operators to comply with public liability and workplace health and safety issues.
Hazard Zone 1: This area comprises the total area administered by the Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.
Hazard Zone 2: Broadly, this area consists of the Darling Downs and adjacent areas.
Hazard Zone 3: Broadly, this area consists of a substantial area surrounding the town of Emerald. For a map of these Click Here
Students will be required to complete the course using the English language, both spoken and written. Students who are wishing to seek an ACDC chemical licence must have sufficient LL&N skills to read and comprehend chemical labels/MSDS. To gain adequate knowledge of the chemicals, they will be using and individual requirements for the target species they will be spraying. Students will also be required to carry out calculations to carry out calibrations.
Units of competency for ACDC Licence:
- AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases *
- AHCCHM304 Transport, handle and store chemicals *
* Units are part of JobTrainer skill set.
Outcomes of your ACDC Licence:
Upon successful completion of all assessment components, participants will receive a nationally recognised statement of attainment in two units of competency. This statement will need to be provided to Queensland Government to apply for the ACDC licence. When you have successfully completed your course LT Training will provide you with more information on the application process.
To obtain an ‘ACDC licence’, a person makes an application to Biosecurity Queensland the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) online or on the approved application form and forwards that to the DAF with a certified copy of the accredited qualification and the appropriate licence fee. Your Commercial Operator’s Licence for ground distribution of herbicides will be emailed to you by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. For further information visit https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/land-management/chemical-controls/commercial-operators/applying
ACDC training and assessment is conducted at the LT Training Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, and Brisbane facilities. Upon arrangement, training and courses can be conducted on-site at the premises of industry clients providing there are suitable industry training facilities.
Remote clients could do this course online. The cost will be $490 for online provided the client can give sufficient third party evidence and no travel is needed. If travel and accommodation are required for practical assessment the following requirements must be adhered to: Minimum of four persons completed all theory assessments successfully before practical assessment. If the minimum numbers cannot be met a day rate can be negotiated. It will be up to the assessor to determine if a practical assessment is needed after evaluating the evidence supplied.
Our facilities are at:
- Sunshine Coast – PCYC Youth Avenue, Nambour
- Brisbane – Albany Creek Football Club – 620 S Pine Rd, Brendale, QLD, 4500
- Gold Coast – GCESS Training Centre, 5 Byth street, Arundel, Gold Coast (Allied Drive Community Reserve)
- Brisbane – PCYC Carindale, 27 Narracott St, Carina South Brisbane – suspended during COVID-19 rules.
- Gold Coast – Public Boat Ramp, 2 Esplanade, Jacobs Well QLD 4208 (Marine Rescue Jacobs Well, Training Venue, 1st Floor)
Please contact us to discuss different time frames and minimum numbers.
FAQ about ACDC Training:
Q. What does ACDC stand for in reference to chemicals?
A. ACDC stands for Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Act 1966
Q. Do I need a Licence to spray weeds?
A. Yes, According to the ‘Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Act 1966’ in Queensland you do need a licence to spray herbicides on land that you do not own or occupy, you require a commercial operator’s licence or ACDC licence.
Further Information on ACDC Licence:
All training aids and safety equipment are provided for use as required. Maximum student numbers are eight depending on the facilities.
The main aim of licensing commercial operators is to promote responsible chemical use. By satisfying the competencies of the licence qualification, commercial operators have shown that, among other things, they know the equipment and herbicides that they will be using and the effects that weather conditions may have on a chemical application.
Please take the time to familiarise yourself with our Student Handbook which contains loads of information for our students including our policies and terms and conditions. The handbook is available on the bottom right-hand link of this page. If you have any questions at all, we are happy to help.
The ACDC Licence is also included in Certificate III in Parks and Gardens.
LT Training can provide RPL for the ACDC Chemical Licence course. It is recommended you do the course as state legislation changes frequently on high-risk work.
The cost will be the same as for the face to face course.
Full payment for the course must be made at the time of booking. For billing information including who to write a cheque to please contact LT Training.
Our refund policy can be found in our student handbook here. “Once a course has commenced there will be no refund of the course fee”
LT Training primarily uses PCYC venues that are non-for-profit and give back to the local community. We run ‘Working at heights‘, ‘Confined space training‘, ‘Operate and maintain chainsaws‘, ‘White card‘, and ‘ACDC chemical licensing‘ at PCYC’s.
Our certificates are run anywhere in Queensland by doing online and face to face training. These courses include CERT II IN HORTICULTURE AHC20416, CERTIFICATE III IN PARKS AND GARDENS AHC31016, CERTIFICATE III IN INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT, CERTIFICATE III IN BUSINESS BSB30115, CERTIFICATE II IN WORKPLACE SKILLS BSB20120.