PCO Correspondence Course and new dates for Invasive Species Training

Do you want a Pesticide Control Operator (PCO) licence? Did you miss our Invasive Species and Herbicide training during the winter season? South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) are launching a PCO correspondence course and announcing dates for repeat sessions of our hugely popular 4 module invasive species training in the second half of 2017:

1. BRAND NEW: Pesticide Control Operator (PCO) licence by correspondence.

In order to sign off an invasive species control plan, that includes the use of herbicides as part of an integrated plan, an invasive species practitioner has to be in possession of a PCO licence.

SAGIC is launching a correspondence course designed for anyone operating in the management of invasive alien species field, who needs to become a licensed PCO. After full payment, you will receive a PCO Training Manual study pack which includes six chapters and six tutorials.

There are two prices for the course. One includes assistance from correspondence tutors and the second does not. In other words:
* You can study the chapters yourself, attend a practical and write the exam.
* Or you can study the chapters, complete all six tutorials - with feedback from herbicide specialists - attend a practical and write the exam.

Pest Control Operator course will be held in the following venues: *Cape Town: 19 & 20 October 2017
*Johannesburg: 27 & 28 October 2017

Make sure that you read all the FAQ's before signing up for the course. Direct your queries to or and Hazel, Kay, Graham and David will hopefully answer your queries.

2. NEW DATES: A repeat of our SAGIC Invasive Species legislation and herbicide operators course for those who missed our winter training sessions - in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Due to popular demand, we will be repeating our four-module invasive species training in November - in Cape Town & Johannesburg - for people who missed this training earlier in the year.

Invasive Species & Herbicide Training (a repeat of our winter course) will be held in: Cape Town: 13, 14, 15 & 16 November 2017
Johannesburg: 28, 29, 30 November & 1 December 2017

Become an SAGIC invasive species consultant, head up an invasive species removal team or embark on a journey to learn how to compile control plans for municipalities, large landowners and residential estates. The South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) training dates have been set for 2017. Four modules are offered: Module 1: Identification & Legislation (Day 1): Learn to identify invasive species, categories and understand the legislation.
Module 2: Directives & Control Plans (Day 2): How to manage declarations, permits, pre-directives, directives and control plans.
Module 3: Theory: Herbicides & Control Methods (Day 3): Introduction to herbicides and how to use them.
Module 4: Practical: Spraying Herbicides (Day 4): A practical learning experience in the field with industry experts. * Complete Module 3 & Module 4… and receive an official (DAFF) Herbicide Operator’s Certificate.
* If you attended training in 2016, you have already completed Module 1 & 3 (above) SAGIC invasive species and herbicide training is an entirely self-funding project. Booking: Booking is essential.
* Email the attached fillable booking form to Hazel at .
* We will then send you an invoice for payment prior to training.
* The name on the booking form is the name that will appear on your certificate.

Entry to training: No one will be admitted to the training without payment or prior arrangement.
Cost per module: R 912 (Including VAT) Times: 09h00 – 16h00 (Module 1, 2 & 3)
09h00 – 14h00 (Module 4) For further information: Contact Hazel or Kay at or or Tel: 011-723-9000.

To download Booking form for INDIVIDUALS - Click on the link below:

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Did you know?

• DUTY OF CARE FOR LANDOWNERS: Invasive species are defined as a liability under NEMBA. Any person who owns land in South Africa now has a ‘legal duty of care’ to control the invasive species on their land and anyone selling land, must inform the buyer of their land, of any invasive species on the property.

• CONTROL PLANS: That under the NEMBA AIS Regulations... all organs of state - which includes municipalities, metros, parastatals (Eskom, Transnet, SANRAL), protected areas (SANParks, all Nature Reserves), military bases, ministry’s, provinces and all state educational facilities - are required to submit control plans, which outline how they will deal with the invasive species on land under their control, to the Biosecurity Unit, Department of Environmental Affairs.

• SELLING PROPERTY? Applications can now also be made to have a directive sent to any landowner who is not controlling listed invasive species on their property. Under these circumstances, large landowners will need the assistance of environment-trained professionals to identify species, develop and submit control plans to the government - to avoid prosecution.

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