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 eligible to apply for this licence, 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 or a UAV controller certificate for use of a UAV issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority
  • 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 the completion of the relevant units of competency.


1 or 3 years


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Approval time

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


You cannot transfer this licence.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Biosecurity Queensland

Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity

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