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AHCPMG307 Apply Animal Trapping Techniques

Course Overview


This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to trap and hold live animals for release, transportation or destruction. Trapped animals can be native animals, domestic animals, animals determined to be pests or feral animals.

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

State or territory licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply in some jurisdictions.


Available Units of Competency

AHCPMG307 Apply Animal Trapping Techniques (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 - AHCPMG307 Apply Animal Trapping Techniques (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

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

  • purpose for trapping the animal

  • target animals and non-target animals

  • target animal's range, movement patterns and behaviour and how to apply knowledge of these to selecting trapping location and equipment

  • reproductive cycle of the target animal to determine appropriate timing of trapping activities

  • food preferences, both general and local, of target animals

  • capture and kill points for target animals

  • traps and techniques for target animals

  • permissions that may be required to undertake trapping

  • principles relating to property, stock and duty of care when trapping

  • precautions that need to be taken to minimise trapping of non-target animals

  • trap camouflage materials and techniques

  • trap types, setting and operating release to render them inactive

  • health and safety in the workplace procedures that relate to trapping animals

  • recording and reporting requirements

  • use of decoys and lures

  • baits or toxins types and preparation

  • applicable state or territory legislation on the use and storage of baits or toxins

  • applicable legislation on the capture and handling of animals

  • suitable personal protective equipment

  • transportation methods for captured animals.

  • determined objectives for trapping and confirmed target animal characteristics and trapping location and size

  • estimated trapping period and identified, selected and prepared baits, equipment, traps and transport for trapping activities

  • set and trapped animals humanely and released or destroyed animals according to workplace procedures and animal welfare code of practice

  • identified presence of target and non-target animals

  • identified environmental, health and safety in the workplace hazards, risks and applied controls according to workplace and environmental procedures

  • checked method of transport, equipment and materials for serviceability and cleaned equipment before and after trapping activities

  • selected, prepared and restored trapping site during trapping activities

  • positioned, set, calibrated and checking trapping equipment according to workplace procedures

  • applied lures or baits according to trapping plan

  • selected, used and stored baits or toxins according to workplace procedures

  • inspected traps in a timely manner and handled and euthanised captured animals in accordance with workplace procedures and animal welfare practices

  • maintained records using global positioning system data

  • summarised and presented trapping data and reports according to workplace procedures

  • cleaned and stored equipment and carcases using approved chemicals according to safety data sheets (SDS) and workplace procedures to minimise biosecurity risks


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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