Pilot chemical rating licence - Queensland


You will need this licence if you are a pilot that intends to distribute agricultural chemicals from an aircraft in flight.

An agricultural chemical includes any agricultural chemical product registered by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

All aircraft (e.g. conventional aeroplanes, helicopters or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operated from ground level) must be under the control of a licensed pilot in command when used for aerial distribution (spraying, spreading or dispersing) of agricultural chemicals.

The distribution of agricultural chemicals involves spraying, spreading or dispersing from an aircraft in flight. Aerial distribution includes aerial spraying of crops, aerial baiting activity (e.g. rat or mice baits or 1080 baits) and public health pest control (e.g. municipal mosquito control programs). Aerial distribution is often the preferred method to apply agricultural chemicals when it is impractical or difficult to carry out ground distribution, particularly in wet seasons.

You cannot carry out aerial distribution unless you do so under the direction or authority of a licensed aerial distribution contractor.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be you eligible for this licence, you must:

  • be at least 17 years old
  • hold the relevant civil aviation authorisation to pilot. For a manned aircraft, you will need a commercial pilot's licence endorsed with an aerial application endorsement. For a UAV, you will need a civil aviation authorisation.
  • hold the necessary qualifications. This includes the Spraysafe Pilot Accreditation fromt he Erial Application Association of Australia. If you intend to use UAV only, you will need AHCCM307 - Prepare and apply chemicals to control pests, weeds and diseases and AHCCM304 - Transport and store chemicals.


1 or 3 years


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Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Biosecurity Queensland

Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity

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