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AHCPMG312 Apply Poison Baits for Vertebrate Pest Control in Rural and Environmental Landscapes

Course Overview


This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare pest animal baiting programs. This includes the safe preparation and distribution of poison baits for the control of vertebrate pest animals affecting the rural and natural environment, according to legislative and regulatory requirements.


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 and for solving problems.

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


Available Units of Competency

AHCPMG312 Apply Poison Baits for Vertebrate Pest Control in Rural and Environmental Landscapes (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 Poison Baiting 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 - AHCPMG312 Apply Poison Baits for Vertebrate Pest Control in Rural and Environmental Landscapes (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

• identified pest animal species and abundance
• identified and assessed the availability, mode of action of poison and their application for control of vertebrate pest animal species
• identified and selected the poison and baits required for the target pest and calculated the requirements for bait size according to poison label and regulatory requirements
• determined the timing for undertaking a baiting program in consideration of target animal ecology, behaviour, location and landscape
• identified the various approaches to baiting for pest animal species and selects most appropriate form of baiting for target pest animal species and environment
• assessed environmental and off target hazards and risks
• developed a poison baiting program and monitoring protocol suitable for pest control objectives for target vertebrate pest and location
• identified and accessed legislative and regulatory forms and made application for approvals to access and implement a poison baiting program
• confirmed approvals and notified stakeholders of poison baiting program
• assessed health and safety in the workplace hazards, risks and implemented control procedures for applying and handling poison baits according to poison label, safety data sheets (SDS), legislative and regulatory requirements, and workplace procedures
• used personal protective equipment for all poison bait activities
• prepared baits for target species in a suitable location

• prepared bait for storage and stored the bait safely ready for distribution according to poison label and workplace procedures
• monitored and assessed weather to ensure effective baiting conditions according to workplace procedures and poison label
• transported baits according to legislative requirements
• installed signage and distributed baits ensuring effective target access and minimising off target risks according to baiting program
• monitored bait stations in a timely manner according to poison label and baiting program
• cleaned equipment, spills, and disposed of waste and baits according to workplace and environmental procedures, SDS and poison labels
• maintained records and reported incidents according to workplace procedures and legislative and regulatory requirements.


Where to from here

If you are a council officer, biosecurity team member or rural operator in need of your Poison Baiting Certification (1080) Certification, contact the Team at Ballistic Training Today!

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