Stepping into Rural Skills – Pests and Diseases

What is Stepping into Rural Skills – Pests and Diseases

Our Rural Skills courses are part of our Step by Step Horticulture Program.  This skill set is our weeds, diseases and chemicals skill set – perfect for anyone who needs to control weeds and pests – either on their own property or someone else’s.  The information below relates to the second skill set: our Pests, Diseases and Chemicals Skill Set.

What will Stepping into Rural Skills – Pests and Diseases teach?

The course will teach

  • basic skills in identifying a number of different types of weeds and how to control these weeds – both through the use of chemical and non-chemical control measures
  • identifying and managing plant pests, diseases and disorders through the use of chemical and non-chemical control methods
  • being safe in the workplace and garden and looking after yourself and others.
  • how to prepare and apply chemicals for the control of a range of pests using a variety of techniques and tools
  • how to store, handle and transport these chemicals safely
  • hazard identification and control measures when using chemicals

Getting a license to spray chemicals

The course contains the two (2) units that you need if you are wanting to use and apply chemicals as part of a commercial business.  According to DPIPWE, if you operate a business that provides a commercial spraying service you must hold a Commercial Operator Licence. This includes businesses that provide:

  • broadacre agricultural spraying,
  • forestry spray contracting,
  • roadside weed spraying,
  • insect, disease or weed control in lawns and gardens or
  • insect and rodent control in and around homes and buildings.


Note that this course WILL NOT give you the license.  However, if you successfully complete the course, you can apply to DPIPWE for a commercial spraying license.  We will issue you with a statement of attainment that states that you have achieved competency in the units.

When will it start?

This skill set will run in three locations around Tasmania.

  • Sorell: Tuesday, November 13th 2018 – at the South East Trade Training Centre, 10 Forcett Street Sorell

How long will the course run for?

The course will run for 13 to 14 weeks.

Class start and finish times

  • Start time: 9am
  • Finish time: 3pm

How much does it cost?

The course is FREE to eligible residents of the South East and East regions (from Swansea down to Port Arthur!).  Those who are struggling to find work, have found studying or training difficult in the past and women are particularly encouraged to apply.  The program is made available through the State Government’s Training and Work Pathways Programs.

Who to contact?

Places are limited so please enrol today using the enrolment form at the bottom of the page or if you have any issues with registering, please contact the person for your region below:

About the units

The units in these skill sets have been taken from both the Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20416) and the Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30716) qualification.  These qualifications are for those people looking to work as horticultural assistants or one day become qualified horticulturalists.  These skill sets will help you develop basic skills and knowledge to prepare for work.

What units are included in the course?

There are 4 units in the Chemicals Skill set.  If you successfully complete these assessments, you will receive a statement of attainment for the following units:

You can click on the unit code and name to find out more about the unit on the government website

Who is eligible for the course?

The course is free to participants who fulfill one or more of these criteria AND live in the South East and East regions (Sorell and south and north to Triabunna / Swansea)

  • Live in a geographically isolated area (eg: Triabunna, Swansea, Dunalley)
  • Are a women wanting to return to the workforce
  • Are member of a migrant community
  • Are unemployed OR under-employed
  • Are an older person
  • Have a disability
  • Are a young person looking to work in the industry
  • Have experience disadvantage in accessing training in the past

Who is it suited for?

This course is perfect for those people who want to learn more about some basic aspects of chemical application and managing weeds in a horticulture context in a relaxed and friendly environment.  Please apply if you

  • Want to commence a career in a horticultural or a specialty horticultural industry.
  • Want to start a horticulturally based business.
  • You work in the horticulture industry but do not have formal qualifications
  • Would like more experience in working in the horticulture industry

You must either enjoy or think you may enjoy horticulture / gardening / outdoor work to get the most out of this course.  We reserve the right to refuse entry to the course.

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