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Back Pack/ Boom Spray Combined Skill Set

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This course is for those seeking to obtain the mandatory licence required to meet Health Department requirements for a Pest Management Technician licence if you are spraying chemicals for commercial gain.
If only a backpack or hand held device is used for spot spraying then this course is suitable.
It may lead to employment in Lawn & Garden, Landscaping, Bushland & Mine Site Rehabilitation.

Skills and knowledge elements include:
    Common weeds found in WA
    Common weed controls used in WA (following Integrated Pest Management strategies)
    Safe disposal of chemical residue and containers
    Correct Personal Protective Equipment for selected control measures
    Understanding a chemical label, schedules and use of chemicals
    Understanding Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
    Groups of chemicals and their formulations

The Backpack course is held over three days, covering three units of competency.

Those that enrol in the Boomspray course attend the first three days and then two additional days to complete the extra three units.

  • AHCPMG301 – Control weeds
  • AHCCHM307 – Prepare and apply chemicals to control pests, weeds and diseases
  • AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals
  • AHCPMG302 – Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • AHCCHM404 – Develop procedures to minimise risks in the use of chemicals
  • AHCCHM405 – Plan and implement a chemical use program

Entry requirements

If you are not seeking to apply for a Health Department license, then this course will give inexperienced participants skills and knowledge to apply chemicals safely.
It is recommended that participants completing this course have significant prior knowledge and skills in spraying chemicals if looking to obtain a spraying license for lawn and garden, landscaping or mine site rehabilitation through the WA Health Department..

This course will be offered at these campuses: Albany and Muresk 

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This course is part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative. From 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession, plus resource fees and other fees that may apply to your course.

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Back Pack/ Boom Spray Combined Skill Set

Non-Concession: $491.90
Concession: $212.60
Commercial / International: To be advised

Back Pack Spray Course only

Non-Concession: $249.40
Concession: $112.60
Commercial / International: To be advised

No minimum requirements

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

For the practical assessment you need to be in appropriate work wear and bring suggested items as listed below;

  • long trousers
  • long sleeved shirt
  • enclosed shoes
  • sunglasses
  • hat
  • clothing to suit working in all weather


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Available Semester 1 & Semester 2

When Available Semester 1 & Semester 2
Where Albany
How Health Department Back Pack / Boom Spray Combo
When Available Semester 1 & Semester 2
Where Katanning
How Health Department Back Pack / Boom Spray Combo

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