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

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The following people will be entitled to a concession rate on the half price course fees under Lower fees, local skills.

  • Persons aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding students enrolled at school)
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving JobKeeper payment
  • Persons and dependents of persons in receipt of services from one of the following Commonwealth support or employment services programs:
    • Jobactive
    • Online Employment Services
    • ParentsNext
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • Persons and dependents of persons holding:
    • a pensioner concession card or  Health Care Card; or
    • Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution

^ You will pay half price for the course fees on the Lower fees, local skills qualifications, however other fees may apply such as for resources that are specifically needed for your course.

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


September Course:Albany

Back Pack 3 Days  8.00 am - 4.30 pm 1 Sept 2021 - 3 Sept 2021

Boom Spray 2 Days  8.00 am - 4.30 pm 6 Sept 2021 - 7 Sept 2021

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

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