Approved Handler Certificates

To obtain an Approved Handler Certificate, you will need to attend a 4 hour handler course. There will be an exam at the end of the course.

The course teaches you about HSNO (Hazardous Substance and New Organisms Act), Regulations and Codes of Practice. The course DOES NOT teach you how to do your job. You are expected to have received adequate training and experience in your own field of work. You will be required to produce evidence of your experience/training. (Please contact us for more information about this).

The course concentrates on what you need to know and do to become an approved handler and does not waste your time and money on teaching you stuff you should already know. Should you wish to attend a full workshop for experience and training, we can point you in the right direction.


Certificate: On successful completion of the course, you will receive an Approved Handler Certificate for the appropriate classes. You will then be registered on EPA’s Approved Handler database.


Renewals: To renew an existing Approved Handler Certificate, you will be required to provide evidence of your original certificate and of your continued work with the substances you are approved to handle.


WHEN: Approved Handler Courses are run when and where required according to demand. I can cater for large or small groups.


WHERE: Courses are organised where it is convenient for the majority of applicants. Area includes Gisborne, Tauranga, and Waikato

Under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (HSNO) persons handling hazardous substances may need an Approved Handler Test Certificate issued by a Test Certifier. EPA keeps a register of Approved Test Certifiers on their website