Prepare and apply chemicals

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver RTC3704A, 'Prepare and apply chemicals'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Prepare and apply chemicals' on This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to for every purchase, so go nuts :)

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance Criteria


Determine the need for chemical use


Nature and level of the pest, weed infestation or disease is identified.


Need for action is assessed.


Assess the requirement for chemical use as an option within an integrated pest management strategy.


Hazard and risk analysis of different chemical options is undertaken.


Requirement for chemical application including coverage by appropriate insurance is identified and confirmed.


Prepare appropriate chemical


Chemical label and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are read and understood.


Labels are checked to ensure chemicals meet user requirements and specifications.


Chemicals are prepared from those registered for the intended purpose, and to suit the organisation's chemical use strategy.


Legislation and regulations concerning chemical use are identified and followed.


Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) hazards and risks and risk control requirements associated with use of the chemical are identified.


Prepare to use chemicals according to the label and MSDS


Personal protective equipment is selected and checked for use according to the product label and MSDS.


Requirements for pre and post-operative checks on equipment are followed.


Damage, wear or malfunctions of any equipment is identified and reported or repaired.


Requirements for the selection, preparation and adjustment of application equipment and tools for the appropriate chemicals are followed.


Mixing rates are defined and calculated.


Directions, standards and legislative requirements for mixing chemicals are followed.


Apply chemicals


Meteorological conditions and forecasts are assessed prior to and during application.


Hazards of particular chemicals are identified.


Risks to others and the environment are assessed and controlled.


Application equipment calibration procedures are followed.


Procedures and precautions for the use of the chemicals are interpreted from labels and accreditation requirements.


Requirements for chemical handling and application are determined from directions, standards and legislative requirements.


Chemicals are applied safely and effectively according to directions.


Chemical spills or accident procedures are followed.


First aid equipment is made available on site.


Clean up following chemical application


Tools or equipment required to clean up chemicals are selected.


Requirements for cleaning equipment and sites are defined and followed according to directions and standards.


Requirements for disposing of unused chemicals, empty containers or spilled material are defined from directions and standards.


Procedures for reporting chemical spills are followed.


Record application details


Application of chemicals is recorded according to organisation procedures, label directions and legislation.


Details of the specific chemical concerned are recorded correctly in the chemical inventory according to regulations.


Inventory of personal protective equipment and application equipment is recorded.


Procedures and requirements for reporting application details to senior management or client are followed.


Records of injury or poisoning associated with application of chemical are made and provided to the appropriate person.

Qualifications and Skillsets

RTC3704A appears in the following qualifications:

  • SIS30510 - Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
  • FPI30105 - Certificate III in Forest Growing and Management
  • FPI30405 - Certificate III in Wood Panel Products
  • FPI30305 - Certificate III in Sawmilling and Processing
  • HLT32807 - Certificate III in Health Support Services