Short Course

Standard Growsafe

Learn how to apply agrichemicals safely and accurately, according to the Agrichemical User Code of Practice NZS8409. This one-day course recognises agrichemical users who are able to demonstrate competence in the use of agrichemicals within a specific horticultural or viticultural sector.


25 July 24
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Erris Street
Cromwell, Otago 9310,
New Zealand

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About the course

This one-day course recognises agrichemical users who are able to demonstrate a competence in the use of agrichemicals within a specific horticulture or viticulture sector.

The Standard Certificate is intended for those working independently with responsibility for a single site/property (PCBU) and may have responsibility for supervising/managing others.

They are likely to be operating in a known set of circumstances, for example, one location, one crop and/or equipment type (or operating under the supervision of someone with an Advanced or RCA certificate).

Course fee


Please note: Student loans are not available for short courses and night classes.

Entry requirements

  • One season’s spraying experience. 

The course trainer will assume that you have a basic level of knowledge of agrichemicals and their use so they can focus on new, higher-level content. 

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

Study and assessment

The course covers learning outcomes relating to the core information within NZS8409 and relevant legislation and regulations, with a focus on compliance and the safe use of agrichemicals. 

The Growsafe Standard Unit gained on completion is:
  • Unit 21563 - Demonstrate understanding of the legislation, regulations and standards for the use of agrichemicals.



  • Completion of theory assessment (open book) 


  • Demonstration of skill in a simulated teaching environment  

Additional requirements

  1. 8 completed spray diaries covering 8 independent spray events or spray diaries in a typical season e.g. you may work for Department of Conversation and spray only 4 times a season. Four spray diaries would be adequate in this case.  
  2. A copy of the inventory of agrichemicals stored at your workplace. 

The inventory must include:

  • the product name for each agrichemical stored
  • its UN Number (found on the Haznote and SDS for a particular agrichemical)
  • maximum likely quantity of an agrichemical held at the workplace
  • any specific storage or segregation requirements for the agrichemicals stored 

Growsafe have developed a number of templates for use to record spray events and assist in preparing an inventory. 

Growsafe Spray Diary templates can be downloaded here: 

Growsafe Inventory templates can be downloaded here: 

Renewal of Growsafe Standard

The Growsafe Standard certificate is valid for 5 years from the date of completion of both written and practical assessments (the date of the course). Standard certification must be renewed every 5 years, before the expiry date. Otherwise the status of the registration will change to ‘expired’.

Expired certificates can be renewed or reissued depending on the length of time since expiry:

Expiry Period  
Less than 12 months Renewal course only required
More than 12 months A full course is required rather than renewal.
The certificate is re-issued rather than renewed

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 maximum of 15 participants. 
  • Travel and accommodation expenses must be paid by the company if the course is delivered outside of Central Otago.