Standard Growsafe Certificate short course


Central Otago

One day, 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • On campus
  • If you are a private company with a min. of 12 people and max. of 15 people, our trainer is available to travel to your location (if this is outside the Central Otago region, you will need to pay for their travel and accommodation costs)
28 April 2022
26 May 2022
30 June 2022
28 July 2022
25 August 2022
29 September 2022
27 October 2022
24 November 2022
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Central Otago
    14 October 2021
  • Central Otago
    25 February 2021
  • Central Otago
    18 March 2021
  • Central Otago
    15 April 2021
  • Central Otago
    13 May 2021
  • Central Otago
    17 June 2021
  • Central Otago
    15 July 2021
  • Central Otago
    12 August 2021
  • Central Otago
    16 September 2021
This one-day course recognises agrichemical users who are able to demonstrate a competence in the use of agrichemicals within a specific horticulture or viticulture sector.

The Standard Certificate is intended for those working independently with responsibility for a single site/property (PCBU) and may have responsibility for supervising/managing others.

They are likely to be operating in a known set of circumstances, for example, one location, one crop and/or equipment type (or operating under the supervision of someone with an Advanced or RCA certificate).

Entry requirements 
  • One season’s spraying experience. 

The course trainer will assume that you have a basic level of knowledge of agrichemicals and their use so they can focus on new, higher-level content. 

Please note: This course is subject to minimum numbers enrolling.

Study and assessment 

The course covers learning outcomes relating to the core information within NZS8409 and relevant legislation and regulations, with a focus on compliance and the safe use of agrichemicals. 



  • Completion of theory assessment (open book) 


  • Demonstration of skill in a simulated teaching environment  

Additional requirements

  1. 8 completed spray diaries covering 8 independent spray events or spray diaries in a typical season e.g. you may work for Department of Conversation and spray only 4 times a season. Four spray diaries would be adequate in this case.  
  2. A copy of the inventory of agrichemicals stored at your workplace. 

The inventory must include:

  • the product name for each agrichemical stored
  • its UN Number (found on the Haznote and SDS for a particular agrichemical)
  • maximum likely quantity of an agrichemical held at the workplace
  • any specific storage or segregation requirements for the agrichemicals stored 

Growsafe have developed a number of templates for use to record spray events and assist in preparing an inventory. 

Growsafe Spray Diary templates can be downloaded here: 

Growsafe Inventory templates can be downloaded here: 

Renewal of Growsafe Standard 

The Growsafe Standard certificate is valid for 5 years from the date of completion of both written and practical assessments (the date of the course). Standard certification must be renewed every 5 years, before the expiry date. Otherwise the status of the registration will change to ‘expired’.

Expired certificates can be renewed or reissued depending on the length of time since expiry:

Expiry period


Less than 12 months

Renewal course only required

More than 12 months

A full course is required rather than renewal.

The certificate is re-issued rather than renewed.

Private company - want different dates? 
  • Courses can be arranged outside the dates advertised for private companies and the trainer will travel if there is a minimum of 12 and maximum of 15 participants. 
  • Travel and accommodation expenses must be paid by the company if the course is delivered outside of Central Otago.