Trainers in pesticide use

Regular pesticide users must be trained and attain a qualification from a registered training organisation in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework. They must also be retrained every 5 years. A range of training and retraining is available to suit all pesticide users.

About training in pesticide use

Initial training usually involves a two-day course based on competencies from the AHC - Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package. Trainees can elect to acquire competencies to:

  • Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 2 if they use pesticides under supervision of someone who has achieved AQF level 3 competency
  • AQF level 3 if they use pesticides independently, for example, a farmer

Retraining usually involves a one-day refresher course. You can also become qualified by demonstrating to a registered training provider that you know how to use pesticides in your job or business.

Note that some providers may offer part of the course by home study.

Find out more about:

Note that:

  • the EPA does not approve any particular training provider or course
  • training and retraining is compulsory under the Pesticides Regulation 2017

Information on training courses, providers and assessors can be found

  • in the Yellow Pages
  • by contacting one of the organisations below (please read the disclaimer)

Organisations offering training courses

Disclaimer: The list below has been prepared in good faith for general information only. The EPA does not warrant that the list is complete, nor vouch for the quality of the training or information that may be provided by any of these parties. The provision of information about registered training organisations does not imply that the EPA has endorsed or approved the registered training organisations or the courses run by the registered training organisations.

If you are a registered training organisation delivering the competency units required by the Pesticides Regulation in NSW and would like your details published on this page, please notify the EPA on 131 555 or email

Information about the Australian Quality Training Framework

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