SpraySMART is now able to provide AgSkilled Fee Free Training for AQF3 Chemical Accreditation Training to eligible Primary Producers and on-farm staff

AgSkilled 3.0 is administered under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled program, with agriculture as a priority sector.

 The AgSkilled program aims to increase industry workforce skill levels, retain a skilled workforce and attract new industry entrants into agriculture. Funded training is available to primary producers, on-farm staff and industry professionals for part qualifications focused on agricultural plant-growing and livestock work tasks and skillsets.

The AgSkilled 3.0 training strategy/program aims to:

  • Attract, develop and retain a productive workforce to underpin continued growth of the agricultural plant-growing and livestock industries in NSW,
  • Support all agricultural plant-growing and livestock primary producers and their workforce to develop production, technology, business and safety skills to increase farm productivity and profitability,
  • Develop industry capacity to adopt new technologies and sustainable farming practices,
  • Support career progression, entry pathways and employment outcomes across the wider agricultural industry and regional NSW economy,
  • Leverage research and development in the identified agricultural

Do you and/or your staff have or need to update the following Chemical Accreditation Units of Competency? 

  • AHCCHM304 – Transport, and Store Chemicals  
  • AHCCHM307 – Prepare and Apply Chemicals to Control Pest, Weeds and Diseases 

Pesticides can be dangerous if used or managed incorrectly. Training in the correct use of pesticides helps prevents mistakes at work – keeping you, your family, the community, trade, and the environment safe.

 Training in pesticides use is required under the Pesticides Regulation 2017. If you use Veterinary Medicines or Agricultural Chemicals as part of your work (this includes employees) you must complete an Accredited Chemical Training course and maintain your competence every 5 years. It is important to maintain competence due to significant ongoing developments in the number of pesticides available, application technology and community expectations regarding pesticides management.   

Applying for AgSkilled Funding does not guarantee funding will be approved. 

Smart and Skilled Eligibility

  • 15 years old or over
  • no longer at school
  • living or working in NSW
  • an Australian Citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand Citizen 

AgSkilled Eligibility 

  • Smart and Skilled eligible, and
  • employed or seeking employment in the identified agricultural plant-growing and livestock industry sectors, or
  • primary producers (e.g. farmers/growers), or
  • related on-farm employees (e.g. farm workers), or
  • contractors providing specialised/technical on-farm services (e.g. contract machinery operators), or
  • researchers, subject to evidence that the training provides a clear benefit to industry.

Student Supporting Documentation

To be assessed if eligible, potential students and/or their employers must provide as a minimum a completed provider Expression of Interest/Enrolment Form and/or Letter of Support.

Limited funds will be available. To find out about courses in your area and apply for funding please contact SpraySMART.


Click HERE to download the AgSkilled Application Form (Fillable PDF)

Click HERE to download the AgSkilled Employer’s Letter of Support (Fillable PDF)

Click HERE to download the Smart and Skilled: CONSENT  Form. You can download and complete this and return it with your Application Form or tick the consent box at the end of the Application Form (Fillable PDF).

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