Short Courses

Farm Chemical Users Course

Melbourne Polytechnic's Farm Chemical Users short course is run over three days and is an essential requirement to gain an Agricultural Chemical User's Permit (ACUP) in the primary industries.

Course Code: SAH014

Fees: $395.00

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For farm owners or farm labourers needing to understand farm chemicals, the Farm Chemical Users Course’s core units are an essential requirement to acquire an Agricultural Chemical User’s Permit (ACUP) in the primary industries.

Area of Operation

Completion of the Farm Chemical Users Course is an essential requirement to gain an Agricultural Chemical User’s Permit (ACUP) in the primary industries.

Users of agricultural chemicals are required to hold an ACUP permit for application of:

  • Schedule 7 agricultural chemicals
  • certain ester herbicide formulations
  • atrazine soil residual herbicide

Further, it is most advisable that agricultural chemical users are familiar with legislation relating to off-label use, pesticide drift, record keeping and Chemical Control Areas.

Calibration of spray equipment is an essential facet of the course.

If you would like to undertake a refresher course, please provide the Primary Industries Department with evidence that you have completed the full Farm Chemical Training Course – presumably you will have a certificate from Auschem (formerly Chemcert Vic) or other organisation, you may even have received a reminder notice from this organisation to enrol in a refresher course. If you have misplaced your certificate, we advise you contact the relevant organisation and request your registration number. If it is a significant time since you undertook your initial course, we strongly suggest you re-take the full course.

Melbourne Polytechnic provides a targeted statewide program of specially designed Farm Chemical Users Courses enabling qualification for ACUP registration.

Participants requiring a Commercial Operators Licence should contact the Primary Industries department for course requirements.

Completion of the units of competency AHCCHM303A Prepare and apply chemicals and AHCCHM304A Transport, handle and store chemicals will earn you credit towards attaining a nationally recognised qualification in Agriculture (Certificate III).

Course session details:

Classes are held at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Epping campus, or at the training farm in Yan Yean, 2005 Plenty Road, Yan Yean.

Mid-year entry is available to local students for this course.

Note: evidence of citizenship/residency and proof of age is required when enrolling.

What does it cost?:


Full Fee (eligible): $ NB: If eligible, there may be a concession discount for current Health Care Card (HCC) holders.

This provides for all training, associated handouts and a Chemicals Manual. As mentioned, HCC concession may be available on application (ineligibility is determined by whether or not a person has completed a Certificate IV qualification or higher, previously, and is consequently charged at a different rate).

To obtain an enrolment form, please contact the Primary Industries department, by email: You can also register your interest by phone, 03 9269 8926.

In person:

Epping Campus
Building L
Corner of Cooper Street and Dalton Road

Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:45pm


Melbourne Polytechnic
Primary Industry Department
Building L
PO Box 8

Please note:

  • places for this course are limited
  • places can only be allocated on payment of the enrolment fee and courses are filled in order of receipt
  • completion of online enrolment forms is essential to secure a position in the course and for contacting people in the event of the re-scheduling or cancellation of a course due to insufficient numbers

Held at Yan Yean Training Centre


Yan Yean Farm
2005 Plenty Road
Yan Yean (near Whittlesea)

Times: 9:00am – 5:00pm all days

Full Fee (eligible): $493
Health Care Card: $160
Full Fee (ineligible): $495

What to bring:

Please bring own refreshments and food, as there is no food sold on site. Whittlesea township is about 5 km away, should you need to buy lunch. Please wear appropriate footwear and sun protection (hat and long sleeves) for farm conditions. Writing material will be needed for theory components.

For any additional information, please contact a Melbourne Polytechnic Education and Career Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400 or 03 9269 8615, or by email.

Course Cancellation or Postponement

Courses with low enrolments may be cancelled or delayed. You will be notified of this 48 hours prior to course commencement.

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.