Pilot Chemical Rating Licence - Queensland

Service summary

You are required to obtain this licence if you are a pilot in command of an aircraft from which aerial distribution of agricultural chemicals is to be carried out in the course of the business of, at the direction of, or under the authority of a licensed aerial distribution contactor.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Definition of terms

Aerial distribution

the spraying, spreading or dispersing, whether intended or not, of any agricultural chemical or any preparation containing any agricultural chemical from an aircraft in flight.

Agricultural chemicals

any agricultural chemical product (within the meaning under the Agvet Code) (eg a registered insecticide, fungicide, herbicide or vermin destroyer etc) or an agricultural chemical prescribed by regulation.


means any machine that can derive support in the atmosphere from the reactions of the air.

Pilot in command

means the pilot responsible for the operation and safety of an aircraft from the moment at which the aircraft moves under its own power for the purpose of taking off until the moment at which it comes to rest after being airborne.

Eligibility requirements

You must hold either a commercial pilot's licence or senior commercial pilots licence endorsed with an agricultural rating for use of a manned aircraft or a remote pilot licence (RePL) or a UAV controller certificate for use of a UAV. These authorisations are issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) (Commonwealth).

You must also hold the necessary qualification, by holding the AAAA Spraysafe pilot accreditation issued by the Aerial Application Association of Australia Ltd (AAAA). For UAV pilot chemical rating licences, the qualification is either the AAAA spraysafe pilot accreditation or an accreditation which requires you to hold the following:
  • Statements of Attainment issued by a registered training organisation (RTO) registered under the Training and Employment Act 2000 or
  • similar legislation of another State, certifying competency at Australian Qualifications Framework level 3, with respect to the following national units of competency (or their previous, equivalent versions):
  1. AHCCHM303 - Prepare and apply chemicals
  2. AHCPMG301 - Control weeds
  3. AHCCHM304 - Transport and store chemicals.
If you are seeking a licence and hold the approved accreditation, you will need to provide a certified copy of your AAAA Spraysafe pilot accreditation or three Statements of Attainment issued by an RTO.


Licences are issued for one or three years, nominated by the applicant at time of application. A licensee may apply to renew their licence 60 days prior to the expiry date shown on their licence for a further one or three year term.



Licence 1 year


Licence 3 years


Renewal 1 year


Renewal 3 years


You can obtain this licence by submitting the completed "Pilot Chemical Rating - Licence Application form to Biosecurity Queensland. The necessary application forms and information can be obtained from the Customer Service Centre.

You cannot apply for the licence unless you hold the licence pre-requisites from CASA and you also hold the relevant qualification. If you hold both of these and make application and pay the correct fee, the application will be considered and a licence will either be granted or refused.

You must be at least 17 years of age to hold a pilot chemical rating licence.

Transfer details

You cannot transfer this licence.

Additional information

Licences are generally issued within three weeks of receiving an application that is in order and complete.

Pilot chemical rating licences may be issued for manned aircraft or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) / drones / remotely piloted aircraft.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland
Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity

Act(s) name

Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Act 1966 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Regulation 1998 (Queensland)

Contact details

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland

Mailing address:
GPO Box 46
Queensland 4001


13 25 23

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