About this course

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Tocal College has partnered with Animal Health Australia (AHA) since 2005, and Plant Health Australia (PHA) from 2015, to deliver nationally accredited training for biosecurity emergency response personnel. This highly successful partnership is being concluded in June 2023 and Tocal is no longer able to take new enrolments.

At a glance:

Location: Online or Blended Delivery
Course duration: Approx. 6 days over 3 months
Number of units: 5
Indicative fees: Nil (jurisdiction funded)
Accredited Course: Yes

This Biosecurity Emergency Responder Skill Set PUASS00063 provides the skills and knowledge required to undertake the duties of a biosecurity responder in biosecurity emergency response operations, in either field or control/coordination centre environments.

Course structure

There are five (5) units of competency which are equivalent to the core units of the PUA30919 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Biosecurity Emergency Response Operations).

To successfully achieve the Biosecurity Responder Skill Set, you must:

  1. Complete two (2) foundation courses from Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia
  2. Complete four (4) online modules
  3. Attend one (1) face-to-face workshop.

The diagram below gives an overview of the course structure:

Biosecurity emergency responder


Complete the two (2) Foundation Courses from Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia. These provide an informative introduction to the operation of plant pest and animal disease biosecurity emergency responses.

The four (4) online modules include:

  • PREPBER Preparing to work in a biosecurity emergency response (approx. 4-5 hours)
  • COMBER Communicating in a biosecurity emergency response (approx. 3.5-5 hours)
  • TEAMBER Working in a biosecurity emergency response team (approx. 3-4 hours)
  • WHSBER Work health and safety in a biosecurity emergency response (approx. 2-2.5 hours).

Each online module has an assessment task which must be successfully completed before attending the workshop.

After successful completion of the online modules, you can progress to the WORKBER Working in a biosecurity emergency response face-to-face workshop. This workshop covers the requirements for your jurisdiction and practical tasks to support your learning. Your final assessment tasks for the five (5) core units of competency will be undertaken during the workshop.

Note: Please check with your jurisdiction training coordinator to make sure this course is available in your area.

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