Short Course

Basic Growsafe

This one-day course provides agrichemical users with the basic competencies in the safe use of agrichemicals in the workplace.


27 October 23
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Otago Polytechnic, Erris Street
Cromwell, Otago 9310,
New Zealand

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About the course

The Basic Certificate is intended for those working under supervision. It is an entry-level certificate suitable for those new to agrichemical use or those doing pre-employment training. The focus is on practical competence and there are no sector-specific endorsements.

Course fee


Entry requirements

  • You don't need any previous qualifications to do this course. 

Please note: This course is subject to minimum numbers enrolling.

Study and assessment

The course covers outcomes relating to agrichemicals and their hazard classifications, with a focus on the safe use of agrichemicals and the ability to find key information on an agrichemical label. These outcomes are the focus of the assessments.

The Growsafe Basic Units gained on completion are:
  • Unit 27215 - Prepare to apply and apply agrichemicals using hand held equipment
  • Unit 27213 - Identify and interpret agrichemical product information, and describe safety procedures when working with agrichemicals.



  • Completion of the course workbook.


  • Practical competency is demonstrated by you taking part in the practical exercises during the course. These will be assessed by the trainer. 
  • Key outcomes of the practical exercises are basic competence in the use of spray equipment, safe and accurate mixing, appropriate use of PPE, clean up and disposal. 

You will be awarded the Basic Growsafe Certificate when you successfully complete the workbook and demonstrate practical competency.

Renewal of your Certificate

The Certificate you will get when you finish the course is valid for five years. 

  • Basic certificates can be renewed by participation in a Growsafe Basic course (by successfully completing the assessment and practical exercises). 
  • Or, you may choose to progress to the Growsafe Standard Certificate.

Private company - want different dates?

  • Courses can be arranged outside the dates advertised for private companies and the trainer will travel if there is a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 15 participants. 
  • Travel and accommodation expenses must be paid by the company if the course is delivered outside of Central Otago. 

We are part of Te Pūkenga

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.