Pest Animal Controller (PAC) Training Project


The Implementation Steering Committee (ISC) has initiated a Pest Animal Controller (PAC) Training Project which aims to establish national minimum training standards for PACs. The proposed training program will include all aspects of best practice management and the various control tools. This will provide a mechanism for the recognition of a wild dog control profession. The agreed skill set will also give confidence to employ control officers from outside local communities and across state/territory borders.

The Scope

The training project will run for twelve months beginning in May 2016 and contain four elements:

  1. Developing content to meet stakeholder agreed best practice and industry needs
  2. Establishing a pathway for a nationally recognised qualification in mainland states and territories
  3. Facilitating training delivery of three (3) pilot programs to progressively fine-tune the delivery and content
  4. Establishing an evaluation framework for use in future training.

The Team

  • Michele Jackson, Project Manager and Facilitator
  • Stuart Boyd-Law, Subject Matter Expert and Training Delivery
  • Jenny Carroll, Support Officer and Training Resource Review

The Project Team reports upwards through a Stakeholder Consultative Group (SCG) Training & Extension Working Group (T&E WG) to the ISC.

Progress to date

Following a desktop analysis of current vertebrate pest management course delivery and associated resources in each state a Training and Extension Working Group (T&EWG) workshop was held to review the desktop analysis findings and provide an opportunity to refine the proposed course content.

Progress to date

Twenty-three participants attended the workshop including T&EWG as well as state wild dog coordinators and controllers as observers.

The Workshop activities and resolutions included:

  • confirmation of the project aims and deliverables
  • review of the issues related to the structure of the new Certificate III in Pest Management (2016 version)
  • the need to liaise with Skills Service Organisation Skills Impact to identify the process required to undertake a review of AHC33616 Certificate III in Pest Management to ensure it meets industry needs
  • identification of the units of competency to be delivered in the pilot program and options for funding the project pilot courses
  • issues related to the recognition of PAC as a Professional role
  • next steps required for resource development, pilot organisation and delivery and roadshow requirements.

Post workshop investigations by the project team recommended the project pilot courses be based on the 2013 Version of the Certificate III in Pest Management as the 2016 Version does not allow for the industry identified required packaging flexibility.

Content development

An important objective for the PAC Training Project is to develop nationally consistent training resource materials. Current Registered Training Organisations – NSW Department of Primary Industries Tocal Agricultural College; Federation Training; and WA Central Regional TAFE have been very generous in sharing some of their current resources.

From this base the project team are working on updating/integrating a range of learning and assessment resources. Work is progressing to ‘unpack’ the NSW Vertebrate Pest Management Course resources and to align these to the Victorian and WA resources. It is anticipated a high-quality resource will result from this work.

In addition, initial work has been completed for the Animal Trapping and Firearms Manuals and associated assessment instruments. These tools will be ready for T&EWG and other stakeholder review in late January.

Content maintenance

The Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (CISS) has been identified as a suitable repository for resources and quality control requirements. As a component of the IACRC Community Engagement Project a portal is being established to assess and register suitably qualified trainers for delivery of the Stakeholder Engagement short course. The same process and principles may be applied to the PAC Training Project suite of resources and associated trainers.

Pilot Delivery Program Delivery

Dates have now been established for three rather than five pilot training programs as agreed by the T&EWG.

Linking the pilot program to the separate but connected Invasive Animals CRC Community Engagement Project has necessitated some movement in the pilot delivery dates, as outlined in the table below. The Community Engagement unit BSBPMG418A Apply project stakeholder engagement techniques will become an accredited course and it has been agreed by the T&EWG members that this course must be part of the national delivery suite.

Delivery Schedule

States and candidate numbers Delivery RTO Proposed Delivery Dates and Location Comments
Vic / SA

10 candidates

Federation Training 6 to 16 February 2017

Gippsland/Melbourne, Victoria

Training on campus 6 to 13 February. Accommodation in Lakes Entrance. Stakeholder engagement training 14 and 15 February – Melbourne. Pilot program wash-up 16 February – Melbourne.
NSW / Qld

10 candidates

Tocal Agricultural College 10 to 19 March 2017

Tocal College, Paterson NSW (moved from Armidale)

On Campus for majority of units

Off campus for trapping and firearms

Accommodation on-site at Tocal College

WA – 5 candidates Central Regional TAFE 27 March to 7 April 2017

Carnarvon, WA

On Campus for majority of units

Off campus for trapping and firearms

Still waiting for confirmation from RTO

Pilot delivery program – based on 2013 National Training Package Units

Common units from current programs face-to-face delivery:

  • AHCPMG303A Survey pest animals
  • AHCPMG403A Define the pest problem in a local area
  • AHCPMG402A Develop a pest management action plan within a local area
  • VU21625 Implement the legislative requirements for the use of 1080 pest animal bait products

Additional training delivery and assessment to meet pilot aims:

  • AHCOHS301A Contribute to OHS processes
  • AHCVPT203A Use firearms to humanely destroy animals
  • AHCVPT306A Apply animal trapping techniques
  • BSBPMG418A Apply project stakeholder engagement techniques

The National Wild Dog Action Plan is an industry initiative endorsed by Government.

Last updated: October 26, 2017