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Pesticide licensing process now simpler with TAFESA

The new look Australian Viticulture, July/August issue, looks at the 2004 change in legislation for pesticide-use which prompted the conglomerate of Technical and Further Education colleges in South Australia (TAFESA) to make changes to teaching units for viticulture and wine studies.

As part of the move for separate regional campuses to become ‘Regional TAFESA’, Malcolm Parish, viticulture and wine lecturer, worked with the Department of Health to make the process of obtaining a full pest management technician licence simpler and cheaper than previously, while meeting the Competency Requirement changes under the Controlled Substances (pesticides) Regulations, 2003.

After setting the criteria for pesticide licensing, the Department of Health work co-operatively with TAFESA to determine the process that viticulturists must undertake in order to obtain a pesticide licence. TAFESA remains the training provider to students currently enrolled in the Pest Technicians Certificate Course.

“The changes in the course program came about as a request from industry,” Michael Cooper, senior licensing coordinator – controlled substances of the Department of Health said. “Major viticulture business were having to put many people through the course meaning training expenses were high. We acknowledged the need for a higher level of training for vineyard managers and to reduce the burden of training expenses and time spent completing the course.”

The three-day course is run with one day each in June, July and November, where there is a full canopy for students to test their spraying skills. Thus far, the course is offered in the Riverland, Clare, McLaren Vale, Limestone Coast and Adelaide Hills and Langhorne Creek regions.

The full article can be found in Australian Viticulture, July/August issue.

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