Basic Growsafe Course

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The Basic Growsafe course is based on the NZS 8409:2004 Management of Agrichemicals and covers the safe, responsible and effective use of agrichemicals in the workplace. 

The objective of the GROWSAFE Basic programme is to recognise agrichemical users who are able to demonstrate a basic competence in the safe use of agrichemicals under supervision from a suitably qualified person. 

The Basic programme is managed by the New Zealand Agrichemical Education Trust (NZAET) is a voluntary programme but it may enable employers to meet health and safety and/or regional plan requirements for training and competency.

The regulations state that onsite training must be given in addition to off-site training, so evidence of this must be kept. Remember that training is not a one off obligation, so evidence of regular training and competency should be part of a workplace H&S plan. 

Who should do this course?

The Basic certificate is intended for those working under supervision. The focus is on practical competence and provides practical, task-related knowledge and skills with a focus on safety, following workplace procedures and label instructions. 

It is an entry level certificate suitable for those new to agrichemical use, those working under a suitably trained person or those doing pre-employment training. 

Applicators with a GROWSAFE Basic certificate should be operating under the supervision of someone with a GROWSAFE Standard (or higher) certificate.


NZQA Unit Standard 27215 / 5 Credits @ level 2: Prepare to apply and apply agrichemicals using handheld equipment. On request, at an additional cost. Please enquire. 

Prior to attending the course participants need to supply:

  • A completed Harris Training Services Ltd Enrolment Form.

Prior to attending the course employer/company needs to supply:

  • A completed Harris Training Services Ltd New & Existing Client Form.

Post course; the employer/verifier of practical competency needs to supply:

  • A completed spray diary.
  • A completed Verification of Practical Competency Form.

Duration: Course time is usually from 8:30am to 2pm (depending on course participant numbers).

Morning tea is supplied, please bring lunch.

Click here to view the course resources and enrolment form.