Pilot Chemical Rating Licence - Queensland


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.

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.



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Application process

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 process

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

Contact details

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Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Biosecurity Queensland

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Mailing address: GPO Box 46
Queensland 4001
Phone: 13 25 23