Project Underway to Review Pest Management Qualifications

A new project is underway to review units of competency, skill set and qualifications for the pest management industry, so they reflect current industry skills standards and practices.

This review came about following work through the National Wild Dog Action Plan, Pest Animal Controller training project. Due to industry concerns that the current qualification does not meet industry needs, the Australian Industry Skills Committee (COAG committee) agreed to undertake a review of the current national qualification, with support from the Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for Agriculture and Production Horticulture.

The Pest Management Project will review the Certificate III in Pest Management and the related skill set and units to ensure all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs.

Subject Matter Experts are currently being consulted to draft the revised qualification, skill set and units. Broad industry consultation is scheduled to commence in November, when drafts will be made available for comment on the Skills Impact website.

Please find below the link to the Skills Impact Pest Management project web page which outlines the VET review process of the Certificate III in Pest Management national qualification – www.skillsimpact.com.au/horticulture-conservation-and-land-management/training-package-projects/pest-management-project 

Skills Impact will also be conducting a number of face‑to‑face consultation workshops on the new pest management qualification. These workshops will provide stakeholders with the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft materials.

The workshops commence on 9 November in Adelaide, followed by Perth on 14 November, Darwin on 16 November, Brisbane on 22 November, Orange on 23 November, Launceston on 29 November and Bendigo on 30 November.

For further details and to register your attendance at any of these workshops, visit the project webpage.

This project is being led by the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC), which is responsible for the development and management of national training package components used by industry and the Vocational Educational Sector. The project is managed on behalf of the IRC by Skills Impact, a national Skills Service Organisation. Skills Impact is funded by the Australian Government, to support the operation of industry reference committees across a range of industries.