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AHCPMG305 Survey Pests

Course Overview


This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to survey pest abundance for plants, vertebrate or invertebrate animals. This will be carried out using a range of observation techniques in conjunction with a workplace pest management plan, survey strategy and a monitoring program, in accordance with established standards and protocols.

The unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction, take responsibility for their own work and use discretion and judgement in the selection and use of available resources.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.


Available Units of Competency

AHCPMG305 Survey Pests (Elective)


Entry Requirements / Pre-Requisites

There are no entry requirements for this qualification however State/Territory Licencing may apply. All students should demonstrate a genuine occupation need for Animal Trapping for Control of Vertebrate Pests and be a fit and proper person under legislation for the use of approved poisons.

Qualification Structuring Rules

Unit: 1 Unit - AHCPMG305 Survey Pests (Elective)


Delivery Options

Face to face, workplace assisted and remote delivery support strategies available.

Course Duration: 

This unit is delivered in a workshop format with students completing underpinning knowledge assessment and application PRIOR to undertaking practical assessment in the workplace or simulated workplace. Students must have access to a suitable workplace environment that requires the planning application and use of vertebrate pest baiting programs.

Duration will vary depending on the existing knowledge and skills of participants but is generally targeted at a min of two-day face to face program for experienced operators. Each Students requirements being considered, some homework activity and student time management will be important to ensure we maintain the volume of learning requirements on this unit.

​Assessment is facilitated by undertaken by our expert environmental  instructor/s with qualifications, certifications and a background in humane, ethical, conservation and environmental management.


Cost is determined based on the individual student requirements, assessment strategy and any potential funding applicable.

As an indicative guide the following options are available with this program:

·        Qld User Choice Program Eligible - No

·        Qld Certificate III Guarantee Eligible Program - No

·        Non-Funded Full Course Fee - $800

·        RPL Assessment Fee - N/A

Full details of fees and charges are available from Ballistic Training Solutions by contacting one of our consultants to discuss your individual requirements.


On successful completion you will receive a Nationally recognised Statement of Attainment.​


Education Pathways

This program is part of the AHC 3.0 Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package and links to further qualifications at the Certificate II, Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma levels.


Occupational Pathways

Property Owners / Primary producer /Research officer / National Parks & Wildlife Officers / Professional Vertebrate Pest Controllers / Aerial Baiting Operators / Conservation & Environment Officers / Local Council Officers / State Regulatory and Biosecurity Authorities.


Summary of Learning & Competency Outcomes

  • organised and completed a pest survey according to the organisation’s pest management plan and survey strategy

  • recognised signs or evidence of common pests

  • counted, calculated and recorded observations

  • operated equipment safely and according to workplace and environmental procedures

  • cleaned and stored the equipment at the conclusion of the job

  • took appropriate safety and environmental precautions for all pest survey activities

  • applied appropriate animal welfare practices

  • survey techniques and equipment appropriate to the geography and type of pest being surveyed

  • health and safety considerations with survey techniques including aerial observation

  • the basic requirements for ensuring the welfare of animals described in the relevant Codes of Practice

  • relevant parts of the organisation's pest management plan and survey strategy

  • permits and permissions required for survey work

  • pest survey plans and their application

  • pest behaviour and habitats including areas that have a high probability of infestation

  • direct evidence requirements of range of pests included in pest management plan

  • survey recording methods and procedures

  • map reading techniques for survey work.


Where to from here

If you are a  council officer, biosecurity team member or rural operator in need of your Animal Trapping Certification, contact the Team at Ballistic Training Today!

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