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ACDC - Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control

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Course Overview

ACDC - Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control includes the theoretical and practical components of three (3) units of competency chosen by the Department of Primary industries to meet skills and knowledge required to be able to apply to hold an ACDC Licence (QLD Only).

This course consists of three (3) units of competency that make up the skill group that includes;

  • the skills and knowledge to identify and apply and reporting control weeds methods;
  • hazard and risk management;
  • prepare, apply and safely use chemicals;
  • calibration;
  • MSDS use;
  • chemical records;
  • and spray plans;
  • transportation, chemical management and storage.

Hazardous chemicals are regularly found in the agriculture sector, this is where most hazardous chemicals will be found. Successful farming requires the sound  management of crops and/or livestock, the farm property, people and finances.      

Hazardous chemicals are used to help rid the farm property, crops and livestock from any pests or diseases.

Anyone looking at a career in agriculture will usually be doing;

  • Substantial Outdoors Work
  • Working with Animals
  • Working with Plants
  • Working with equipment and machinery

The course is designed for farmers, farmhands, farm supervisors and other  people who use agricultural and/or veterinary chemicals regularly in their work.

 Course Duration

1 - 2 days depending on knowledge



  • AHCCHM307 – Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
  • AHCPMG301 – Control weeds
  • AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals.


 Course Content 

An ACDC Course will provide highly relevant information; not only necessary to obtain an (ACDC) ground distribution operators licence, but also to provide students with a good grounding in the safest practices for handling & distribution of agricultural chemicals.

Compliance with all relevant legislation including the Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Act 1966/ACDC Regulation 1998 can then be ensured. 

"Chemicals can be hazardous - not only to people's health but also to economic viability if an operator is found to be in breach of legislation!"

* Are you fully aware of the legislation and ACDC requirements for spraying agricultural chemicals within a declared hazardous area?

* Does your operator's ACDC training ensure minimum impact to surrounding areas and minimum risk to themselves and other personnel during application?

* Do you know exactly when and where a weed spraying licence is required?                                     


 ACDC Licence Application Information


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