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The PUA33112 Certificate III in Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Operations) has five (5) core units of competency and five (5) elective units. The core units are covered by four (4) online modules followed by a face-to-face workshop.

At a glance:

Location: Online or Blended Delivery
Course duration: Approx. 16 days over 12 months
Number of units: 10
Indicative fees: Nil (jurisdiction funded)

Course structure

To successfully gain this qualification, you will:

  1. Complete two (2) foundation courses from Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia
  2. Complete four (4) core online modules
  3. Attend one (1) core face-to-face workshop
  4. Complete five (5) elective units and attend the relevant face-to-face workshops.

The diagram below gives an overview of the course structure.

Cert III flowchart

Details

Complete the two (2) Foundation Courses form 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) core 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.

    Your chosen electives will also have an online module.

After successful completion of the online component, you can progress to the WORKBER Working in a biosecurity emergency response face-to-face workshop. This workshop covers 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 will also be required to attend face-to-face workshops for your chosen elective units (see below).

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

Core units of competency:

  • PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace
  • PUAOHS001C Follow defined occupational health and safety policies and procedures
  • PUATEA001B Work in a team
  • AHCBIO301A Work effectively in an emergency disease or pest plant response
  • PUACOM003B Manage information

To obtain a Certificate III in Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Operations), you must complete the foundation courses, core units, and five (5) elective units. Each elective unit includes an online module followed by a face-to-face workshop. The elective units are:

  • BRIEFBER Conducting briefings and debriefings in a biosecurity emergency response (approx. 4-5 hours)
  • RISKBER Managing risk in a biosecurity emergency response (approx. 4-5 hours)
  • LEADBER Leading a team in a biosecurity emergency response (approx. 4-5 hours)
  • MOVBER Carrying out movement and security procedures in a biosecurity emergency response (approx. 4-5 hours)
  • QUARBER Working in a biosecurity emergency response infected premises or quarantine team (approx. 4-5 hours)
  • SURVBER Undertaking field surveillance for emergency animal diseases or plant pests (approx. 4-5 hours)
  • MACHBER Inspection and decontamination of equipment and machinery to prevent the spread of pests and diseases (approx. 3 hours). This module needs to be completed in conjunction with SURVBER, QUARBER or MOVBER.

Attendance at the face-to-face workshops is compulsory in order to successfully complete the units of competency and be awarded the qualification.

Elective units of competency:

  • PUAOPE015A Conduct briefings and debriefings
  • PSPGOV417A Identify and treat risks
  • PUAOPE020A Lead a crew
  • AHCBIO304A Carry out movement and security procedures
  • AHCBIO303A & AHCBIO202 Carry out emergency disease or plant pest control procedures at infected premises, Follow site quarantine procedures
  • AHCBIO402A & AHCBIO302A Carry out field surveillance for a specific emergency disease or plant pest &                                      Identify and report unusual disease or plant pest signs


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