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. 18 days over 6 months
Number of units: 5
Indicative fees: Nil (jurisdiction funded)
Accredited Course: Yes

This Biosecurity Emergency Response Manager Skill Set PUASS00065 provides the skills and knowledge required to manage 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 PUA50219 - Diploma of Public Safety (Biosecurity Emergency Response Management), so participants can complete further study to obtain the full qualification if offered in their jurisdiction.

To successfully achieve the Biosecurity Response Manager Skill Set, you must:

  1. Complete two (2) foundation courses from Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia
  2. Complete five (5) online modules
  3. Attend two (2) face-to-face workshops.

The diagram below gives an overview of the course structure:

Biosecurity emergency response manager


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 five (5) online modules include:

  • IMBER 1 Leading and managing - taking control (approx. 25 hours)
  • IMBER 2 Context (approx. 25 hours)
  • IMBER 3 Communication (approx. 15 hours)
  • IMBER 4 Plans, reports and records (approx. 20 hours)
  • BRIEFBER Conducting briefings and debriefings in a biosecurity emergency response (approx. 4-5 hours).

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

After successful completion of the online modules, you can progress to the IMBER 5 and BRIEFBER face-to-face workshops. These workshops cover 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.

You may also complete elective units following this skill set (contact your trainer to organise this step).

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

Units of competency:

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