Pest Management Project

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Case for change

“Skills in pest management, including wild dogs,” was identified as a priority skill area in the 2017 Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management IRC Skills Forecast (see page 51). Skills Impact and the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will take this project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see page 51)

Project Plan

Project Scope

This project will review the Certificate III in Pest Management and the related skill set and units of competency so that all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs.

Scroll down to view the qualification, skill set and list of units that will be reviewed in this project, and the various skilled activities they cover.

Pests and weeds cost farmers billions of dollars a year in livestock losses, disease transmission and controls. Skills to support various methods, regulations and standards for trapping and eradicating pests will be considered when reviewing the current qualification, skill sets and units. Specialisations in Vertebrate Pest Management and/or Pest Animal Control and Weed Management will also be considered in the review of the Certificate III in Pest Management.

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Relevant Occupations

Wild dog control professionals, council workers, pest controllers, rangers, farm workers and managers, chemical-spraying contractors.

 

Key deliverables
  • Review and improvement of 1 qualification
  • Review and improvement of 28 units
  • Review and improvement of 1 skills set
  • Development of up to 5 new units and/or skill sets, as identified during review

 

Timeline

August 2017
Initial scoping

September, October 2017
Review process commencement

November, December 2017
Industry consultation of draft materials

February 2018
Industry validation of final drafts

March 2018
Finalisation of Training Package components

April, May 2018
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

June 2018
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

 

Project Team
Sam Papasidero Industry Facilitation Manager, Skills Impact spapasidero@skillsimpact.com.au
Wayne Jones Industry Skills Standards Manager, Skills Impact wjones@skillsimpact.com.au
Ron Barrow Skills Development Specialist, Nestor Consulting

 

Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts will be drawn on throughout this project to help review and draft the revised units and qualification.

If you are interested in applying to be a subject matter expert and are able to volunteer your time to this project, please email details of your expertise to spapasidero@skillsimpact.com.au

Opportunities for stakeholder input:

Below is a list of the current and existing qualification, skill set and units of competency that will be reviewed as part of this project. To view a specific qualification, skill set or unit, please click on the title.

We are seeking your feedback on how these documents could be reviewed to address the following industry skill needs:

  • Weed control strategies
  • Vertebrate pest control strategies
  • Invertebrate pest control strategies
  • Pest animal controller (including; wild dogs, feral pigs, feral, goats, foxes, rabbits)

Your feedback will help us in drafting the revised skill sets and units.

To provide feedback, please email Wayne Jones wjones@skillsimpact.com.au

 

Development

Subject Matter Experts are currently being consulted to draft the revised Certificate III in Pest Management, skill set and units. Feedback from industry on the existing qualification and units is also being considered as part of this process.

Broad industry consultation is scheduled to commence in November, when drafts will be made available for comment on this webpage.

Face-to-face consultation workshops will also take place in November across states and territories, with a webinar planned for those unable to attend in person. Please feel free to register for a workshop near you or a webinar by clicking the corresponding link.

Face-to-Face Consultation Workshops

9 Nov 17, 10:30 – 12:30 – Adelaide, SA – register here

14 Nov 17, 13:00 – 15:00 – Perth, WA – register here

16 Nov 17, 15:30 – 17:00 – Darwin, NT – register here

22 Nov 17, 13:30 – 15:30 – Brisbane, QLD – register here

23 Nov 17, 13:30 – 15:30 – Orange, NSW – register here

29 Nov 17, 12:30 – 14:30 – Launceston, TAS – register here

30 Nov 17, 12:30 – 14:30 – Bendigo, VIC – register here

Consultation Webinar

27 Nov 17, 11:45 – 12:30 AEST – Webinar – register here

 

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Consultation

Thank you to all those who provided feedback on the draft Certificate III in Pest Management, skill set and units of competency. The drafts were made available on the Skills Impact website from 9 November – 10 December 2017. A series of face-to-face consultation workshops and a webinar also took place throughout November.

Feedback was sought on whether the draft Certificate III in Pest Management, skill set and units reflect the current skills and safety requirements of industry, and whether job functions are accurately described. The feedback will inform the work on the final drafts, which will be available for industry validation in February 2018.

The draft qualification, skill set and units that were available for industry review and feedback are listed below.

 

Qualification

The qualification has been changed to meet the needs of industry:

  • There has been a small title change to differentiate this qualification from Urban Pest management.
  • Packaging rules have been altered to provide clear separation between General pest controller, Vertebrate Pest controller and Weed Pest controller by the inclusion of streams.
  • Further flexibility has been provided by the addition of one extra unit and the ability to import units at level 3 or 4 from other training packages.
  • Changes have been made to core to reflect a more accurate base set of skills common to all pest controllers.
  • Some level 2 units of competency have been removed, where they are no longer relevant or where level 3 units are more appropriate for this qualification.
  • The qualification purpose remains the same but due to the change in the core, the qualification will not be deemed equivalent to preceding qualifications.
AHC33616 Certificate III in Rural Pest Management Download draft qualification

 

Skill Set

 AHCSS00043 Vertebrate Pest Management Planning Skill Set Download draft qualification

 

Units of Competency

AHCBIO201 Inspect and clean machinery for plant, animal and soil material unit Download draft unit
AHCBIO305 Apply biosecurity measures Download draft unit

AHCEXP301 Handle and store explosives Download draft unit

AHCFAU201 Recognise fauna Download draft unit

AHCINF201 Carry out basic electric fencing operations Download draft unit
AHCINF202 Install, maintain and repair farm fencing Download draft unit

AHCNAR306 Conduct photography for fieldwork Download draft unit
AHCNAR307 Read and interpret maps Download draft unit

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group

AHCPMG201 Treat weeds Download draft unit
AHCPMG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders Download draft unit
AHCPMG203 Work effectively in a pest management environment Download draft unit
AHCPMG301 Control weeds Download draft unit
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders Download draft unit
AHCPMG304 Use firearms to humanely destroy animals Download draft unit
AHCPMG305 Survey pests Download draft unit
AHCPMG306 Determine pest control techniques Download draft unit
AHCPMG307 Apply animal trapping techniques Download draft unit
AHCPMG308 Implement pest management strategies Download draft unit
AHCPMG309 Apply pest animal control techniques Download draft unit
AHCPMG310 Prepare, monitor and maintain biological agents Download draft unit
AHCPMG311 Use firearms for pest control activities from aircraft Download draft unit
AHCPMG409 Implement a pest management plan Download draft unit
AHCPMG412 Develop a pest management plan Download draft unit
AHCPMG413 Define the pest problem Download draft unit

AHCPCM202 Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens Download draft unit
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens Download draft unit

Please note that the performance criteria has been updated in these units and a new new range of conditions section has been added to clarify:

  • Machinery and equipment
  • Services
AHCWRK203 Operate in isolated and remote situations Download draft unit
AHCWRK302 Monitor weather conditions Download draft unit

 

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Validation

Thank you to those who participated in the validation process for the final draft qualification, skill set and units of competency for pest management. The final drafts were made available on the Skills Impact website from 25 January 2018 – 8 February 2018. The final drafts will now progress through to the Finalisation stage of the project. After final quality assurance of the drafts, and review and feedback from the State/Territory Training Authorities, the final drafts will be forwarded to the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for consideration and sign off.  They will then be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

Validation means checking and confirming that the documents are logical and factually accurate. They have been updated to reflect the current skills and safety requirements of industry, and to make sure that job functions are accurately described.

The final draft qualifications and units that were available for industry validation are listed below. A summary of the feedback that was received during the consultation period (between 9 November – 10 December 2017) and a description of its consideration and application in these final drafts can be downloaded below

 

New Unit

Thank you to those who provided feedback on the new unit of competency – AHCPMG3XX Apply poison baits for rural and environmental pest animal control. Your feedback will inform the final drafts of these documents, which will be available on this webpage for industry validation in early March.

New Unit

Industry have recognised a skills gap in the use of baits for Vertebrate pests and in particular wild dogs, but inclusive of other baiting programs used throughout Australia. The following new unit has been developed to focus on industry best practice of using poisons and poison baits particularly those relating to S7 poisons. The use of canid poison ejectors should also be a part of this unit in order to bring the pest control  industry up to speed with this type of specialised poison baiting technique and minimising bait drift and off target risks. The unit is relevant to all vertebrate pest controllers and local and state government pest control staff without exception as the methods are a foundation to their job role. As such, it is recommended that this unit become a core unit for the vertebrate pest controller stream in the qualification.

AHCPMG3XX Apply poison baits for rural and environmental pest animal control Download final draft unit

Qualification

Note: Certificate III in Rural Pest Management has been updated to Certificate III in Rural and Environmental Pest Management to reflect industry feedback and to make a clearer delineation between the Certificate III in Urban Pest Management and this qualification.

AHC3XXXX Certificate III in Rural and Environmental Pest Management Download final draft qualification

 

Note: The following work has been carried out on this qualification:

The packaging rules have been updated from 12 to 14 units, which has seen the core increase from 3 to 6 units. This was carried out after consultation with subject matter experts about which core functions an individual must know to be deemed competent as a Rural and Environmental Pest Manager.

The elective units have been reduced from 9 to 8 and specialisations added to cover those who want to specialise as a Rural and Environmental Pest Management (Weed Controller) and Rural and Environmental Pest Management (Pest animal controller).

A new unit has been added into the core electives for vertebrate pests covering applying poison baits for rural and environmental pest animal control.

The addition of a unit AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices has been recommended for council employed staff who use this unit for weed control into the General Electives.

This skills set has been reviewed and unchanged except for the title to reflect the intent of this skill set and the inclusion of the description.

 AHCSS00043 Pest Management Planning Skill Set Download final draft skill set

Unit Code and Title Proposed changes based on industry feedback Link to Download
AHCBIO201 Inspect and clean machinery for plant, animal and soil material
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria for clarity.
  • A new table has been added for Foundation Skills for implicit mapping to ACSF and Skills for Work.
  • Foundation Skills have been made more specific and Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components clarified.
  • More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed equivalent.
Download final draft unit
AHCBIO305 Apply biosecurity measures
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been changes to the Performance Criteria, where unnecessary repetition has been removed by consolidating Elements 3-6 into one biosecurity element.
  • Foundation Skills have been made more specific and Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components clarified.
  • More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent.
Download final draft unit

The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012. There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria and sequencing, added to the Foundation Skills and clarified the Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions. The unit is deemed Equivalent.

AHCEXP301 Handle and store explosives Download final draft unit

The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012. There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria, additions to the Foundation Skills and clarification to the Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions. The unit is deemed Equivalent

AHCFAU201 Recognise fauna Download final draft unit

Unit Code and Title Proposed changes based on industry feedback Link to Download
AHCINF201 Carry out basic electric fencing operations
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria, additions to the Foundation Skills and minor changes to the Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent
Download final draft unit
AHCINF202 Install, maintain and repair farm fencing
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria, additions to the Foundation Skills and minor changes to the Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent
Download final draft unit

Unit Code and Title Proposed changes based on industry feedback Link to Download
AHCNAR306 Conduct photography for fieldwork
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria, except Performance Criteria 3.7 where reference to specific detail was removed.
  • Element 4 inferred digital cameras. This element and Performance Criteria have been modified to cater for other camera media.
  • Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills, Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent
Download final draft unit
AHCNAR307 Read and interpret maps
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria, changed reference to GIS and preplaced with GPS in Element 3.
  • Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills, Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent.
Download final draft unit

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group

Unit Code and Title Proposed changes based on industry feedback Link to Download
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria and the consolidation of 1.1 and 1.2.
  • Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills, Performance Evidence and the Knowledge Evidence has been expanded to reflect requirements of the unit. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent
Download final draft unit
AHCPMG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria with the consolidation of 1.1 and 1.2 and the removal of unnecessary Performance Criteria 3.4.
  • Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills, Performance Evidence and the Knowledge Evidence has been expanded to reflect requirements of the unit. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent.
Download final draft unit
AHCPMG203 Work effectively in a pest management environment
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent.
Download final draft unit
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent
Download final draft unit
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • The unit is about control, but the Elements and Performance Criteria content has referred to Management. Have rewritten Elements and Performance Criteria to reflect control. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent.
Download final draft unit
AHCPMG304 Use firearms to euthanise animals
  • Title has been changed from “humanely destroy” to “euthanise”, as it is more appropriate terminology.
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent
Download final draft unit
AHCPMG305 Survey pests
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent
Download final draft unit
AHCPMG306 Determine pest control techniques
  • The application statement has been updated with the removal of any reference to vertebrate, invertebrate and weeds and now states this unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to select a pest control technique for a strategic approach to pest management. This now aligns the title to the units intent.
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent
Download final draft unit
AHCPMG307 Apply animal trapping techniques
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria, including removal of unnecessary Performance Criteria. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent
Download final draft unit
AHCPMG308 Implement pest management strategies
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • Consolidated two Performance Criteria into one with minor changes to the other Performance Criteria. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent
Download final draft unit
AHCPMG309 Apply pest animal control techniques
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • Consolidated two Performance Criteria, one from Element 1 and one from Element 2, including other minor changes to the other Performance Criteria. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent
Download final draft unit
AHCPMG310 Prepare, monitor and maintain biological agents for weeds
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • Added “for weeds” to the title to reflect content.
  • Consolidated Performance Criteria’s to remove unnecessary wording in each element. Minor changes to the other Performance Criteria. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent.
Download final draft unit
AHCPMG311 Use firearms for pest control activities from aircraft
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent
Download final draft unit
AHCPMG409 Implement a pest management plan
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • Consolidated Performance Criteria in Element 1 and Element 2. Minor changes to the other Performance Criteria. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent
Download final draft unit
AHCPMG412 Develop a pest management plan
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent.
Download final draft unit
AHCPMG413 Define the pest problem
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent.
Download final draft unit

Unit Code and Title Proposed changes based on industry feedback Link to Download
AHCPCM202 Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been changes to the Elements and Performance Criteria to reflect other forms of collecting plant specimens. The original wording inferred pressing plants and did not allow for other forms i.e. freezing, drying etc. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent.
Download final draft unit
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been changes to the Elements and Performance Criteria for clarity. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent.
Download final draft unit

Unit Code and Title Proposed changes based on industry feedback Link to Download
AHCWRK3XX Operate in isolated and remote situations
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • The unit outcomes are better aligned to AQF level 3 and the unit has been recoded to reflect this change.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent.
Download final draft unit
AHCWRK302 Monitor weather conditions
  • The unit has been updated to reflect the Standards for Training Package 2012.
  • There has been minor changes to the Performance Criteria. Additions have been made to the Foundation Skills. The Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence components have been clarified. More detail has also been provided in the Assessment Conditions.
  • The unit is deemed Equivalent.
Download final draft unit

 

Register your interest in the project

By registering your interest, you will be informed of project updates.

 

Next stage of the project

Once industry has validated all final drafts they will be submitted to the Agriculture and Production Horticulture Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for consideration and sign off. After final quality assurance of the drafts, they will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

Finalisation

This stage has not yet commenced