Accreditation

Rural Contractors New Zealand is committed to ensuring that its members provide the best service possible to their clients.

There are two reasons for this:

  • To ensure clients receive the best service available and those rural contractors who have achieved the various stages of accreditation are duly recognised.
  • To assist clients in meeting international requirements, which are now required for traceability and social sustainability.

 

Two accreditation programmes along with applications, certificates and other information are found on the Accreditation page of the RCNZ website

 

For those rural contractors who have achieved one or more of the accreditation levels; they may include in tenders for contracts an 'Accreditation Certificate'. These can be downloaded from the Members' Area of the RCNZ website and MUST be accompanied by a printout for the "Find A Contractor" page – showing the member's company details.

 

Registered Chemical Applicators is a personal accreditation.

There are two levels of chemical applicator accreditation available through Rural Contractors New Zealand:

 

Basic Chemical Applicator

Requirements

    • Has completed the NZQA Level Two qualification in agrichemical application.
    • Holds a current Approved Handler certificate.

Approval

The holder of this accreditation is approved to apply agrichemicals in a public place and/or for hire and reward under the direct and immediate supervision of the holder of a current Registered Chemical Applicator accreditation.

Valid

The accreditation is valid for a period of five (5) years and may be renewed

Renewal

Accreditation will be renewed for a further five-year period on production of evidence that the applicant:

Holds a current Approved Handler certificate.

Is still actively engaged in the agrichemical application industry.

 

Registered Chemical Applicator

Requirements

Has completed NZQA Level Three or Four qualification in agrichemical application. The assessment of this qualification includes a site visit.

Holds a current Approved handler certificate.

Supplies evidence to demonstrate 200 hours agrichemical application

Approval

The holder of this accreditation is approved to apply agrichemicals in a public place and/or for hire and reward.

Valid

The accreditation is valid for a period of five (5) years and may be renewed

Renewal

Accreditation will be renewed for a further five-year period on production of evidence that the applicant:

Holds a current Approved Handler certificate.

Is still actively engaged in the agrichemical application industry.

Has gained ten (10) professional development points in the five years since initial/renewal of accreditation.

Professional Development

During the five-year period between initial accreditation and renewals, the holder of a Registered Chemical Applicator accreditation will need to achieve ten (10) professional development points. These can be achieved as follows

Half day agrichemical course attached to the RCNZ Annual Conference

4 Points

Zone agrichemical industry workshops

2 Points

Half day agrichemical course attached to the annual Road Show held in May of each year
(up to four locations)

3 Points

One day refresher course (individual or as a group)

10 Points

Current GrowSafe Registered Chemical Applicator accreditation

10 Points

   

 

Cost

The cost of Basic Chemical Applicator and Registered Chemical Applicator accreditation is $150 plus GST. Those who achieve accreditation will receive:

Listing on the Chemical Applicators website at www.ruralcontractors.org.nz

A certificate

A wallet card detailing level of accreditation, types of and any restrictions on agrichemical application

Registered Chemical Applicators will also receive vehicle decals

Attendance costs for any professional development training will be met by the attendees.

Companies with a Registered Chemical Applicator in an ownership, management or supervisory position will be offered this accreditation