Otago Polytechnic

Introductory Growsafe short course

Learn how to apply agrichemicals safely and accurately, according to the Agrichemical User Code of Practice NZS8409.

This one-day course is held at the Central Otago Campus, Bannockburn Road, Cromwell. 

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

Requirements for the programme

The Growsafe course is unit standard-based. One assessment must be passed to gain the qualification and you also need to complete the course workbook.

PART 1 - Lecture

The lecture will focus your studies on areas relating to the use of the Growsafe manual. You will learn how to use the Growsafe manual to find relevant information and make appropriate decisions relating to agrichemicals.

PART 2 - Complete the Growsafe workbook

On successful completion of parts 1 & 2 you will gain NZQA unit standards 21563 - Demonstrate knowledge of HSNO & NZS8409:2004 for the use of agrichemicals, and 27215 - Prepare to apply and apply agrichemicals using handheld equipment, and receive the Introductory Growsafe Certificate.

If you wish to gain an Approved Handler Certificate please discuss your requirements with your tutor.


The first column of dates applies to the Growsafe theory course and the second column is for the half-day practical/calibration day. On the Growsafe theory day, your lecturer will chat to you about whether you need to attend the second day. 

Theory Practical/ Calibration
14 February 2017 21 February 2017
14 March 2017 21 March 2017
11 April 2017 18 April 2017
16 May 2017 23 May 2017
14 June 2017 20 June 2017
18 July 2017 25 July 2017
22 August 2017 29 August 2017
19 September 2017 26 September 2017
17 October 2017 24 October 2017
14 November 2017 21 November 2017
5 December 2017 12 December 2017



Wayne King

Wayne has 40 years' experience in Horticultural Management in Central Otago including Pest & Disease Management, Consultancy work, Registered Spray Calibrator and Registered Chemical Applicator.

For more information

Please contact the Central Otago Campus, phone 0800 765 9276.

To enrol

Please click the apply button to begin the application process.

For help with enrolments, please contact Gaynor.Sutherland@op.ac.nz


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.

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