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 us 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 Short courses for course requirements.


Total hours: 21

Sessions: 3 days x 7 hours

This course consists of the following units of competency:
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals and AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals.

Completion of the units of competency will earn you credit towards attaining a nationally recognised qualification in Certificate III in Agriculture.

For further information please contact Short courses on (03) 9269 8615 or email.

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

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.