Licensing copper chromium arsenic use
Copper chromium arsenic (CCA) timber treatment chemicals are restricted chemical products.
This means people using CCA products need to be authorised by the department to continue using and being supplied with these products.
What is copper chromium arsenic?
Copper chromium arsenic (CCA) is a chemical used by specialist timber plants to preserve wood that will be used in certain outdoor situations.
CCA chemicals are not sold by retailers and are not used by farmers or the general public. Only people working in timber treatment plants use CCA chemicals.
CCA authorisation types
There are two types of authorisation for CCA users: CCA Commercial Operator Licence (CCA COL) and CCA Agricultural Chemical User Permit (CCA ACUP).
CCA COL – required by any business that treats timber on behalf of others for a fee or reward.
The employees using CCA chemicals must successfully complete the necessary training and be listed on the CCA COL, or be working under the direct and immediate supervision of a person listed on the CCA COL. The employees of such businesses are not required to hold a CCA ACUP.
CCA ACUP – required by any business that only treats timber that it owns.
In this instance, the employees using CCA chemicals must hold a CCA ACUP, or be under the direct and immediate supervision of a CCA ACUP holder. Such businesses are not required to hold a COL.
How to apply
There are two steps to applying for a CCA COL or CCA ACUP for the first time.
1. Complete the appropriate training course
First time applicants must successfully complete the training competency unit FWPSAW3201 (Treat timber) or a previous equivalent (FPISAW3201A or FPISAW3201B) to obtain a CCA ACUP or for employees to be listed on a CCA COL.
CCA chemical suppliers will be able to provide you with course information.
2. Apply for a CCA COL or CCA ACUP using the correct application form
To apply for a CCA COL or CCA ACUP, download and complete the appropriate application form and return it with the relevant application fee to us.
The CCA COL application fee as at 1 July 2018 is $549.10 and the licence is valid for three years
The CCA ACUP application fee as at 1 July 2018 is $54.90 and the permit is valid for 10 years. If a person already holds another type of ACUP, they are still required to obtain a CCA ACUP, but the application fee is not required.
Application fees are updated 1 July annually.