Certificate III in Vertebrate Pest Management

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in vertebrate pest management. The vertebrate pest management industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level.


Packaging Rules

Completion of twelve (12) units made up of three (3) core units and nine (9) elective units.


a minimum of four (4) units must come from elective group A

a minimum of three (3) units must come from elective groups A or B

a maximum of two (2) units may be selected from units aligned to Certificates II, III or IV in AHC10 or from any other currently endorsed training package or accredited course. Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in vertebrate pest management.


Occupational Health and Safety

add topic AHCOHS301A Contribute to OHS processes


add topic AHCCHM303A Prepare and apply chemicals


add topic AHCWRK313A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices



add topic AHCCHM301A Conduct fumigation in enclosed spaces

add topic AHCCHM304A Transport, handle and store chemicals

add topic AHCCHM305A Conduct manual fumigation of vertebrate and invertebrate pests

Vertebrate pests

add topic AHCVPT201A Clear features that harbour pest animals

add topic AHCVPT202A Muster pest animals

add topic AHCVPT203A Use firearms to humanely destroy animals

add topic AHCVPT302A Implement vertebrate pest control program

add topic AHCVPT303A Survey pest animals

add topic AHCVPT304A Conduct vertebrate pest activities from aircraft

add topic AHCVPT305A Tag and locate Judas animals

add topic AHCVPT306A Apply animal trapping techniques



add topic AHCEXP301A Handle and store explosives

add topic AHCEXP302A Identify and select explosive products

add topic AHCEXP303A Prepare and use explosives

Machinery operation and maintenance

add topic AHCMOM304A Operate machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM315A Operate chemical application machinery and equipment

add topic FPICOT2234B Operate 4x4 vehicle


add topic AHCWRK303A Respond to emergencies

add topic AHCWRK305A Coordinate work site activities

add topic AHCWRK310A Provide on-job training support

add topic CPPSIS4005A Collect basic GPS data

add topic FPICOT3202B Navigate in remote or trackless areas


    Qualification pathways

    Pathways into the qualification

    This qualification may be accessed by direct entry.

    Pathways from the qualification

    Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to, Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management or Diploma of Pest Management.

    Australian Apprenticeships

    This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

    Job roles

    Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

    Feral animal control officer

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Listening and understanding

Speaking clearly and directly

Reading and interpreting workplace related documentation

Applying numeracy skills to workplace requirements


Working as an individual and a team member

Working with diverse individuals and groups

Applying knowledge of own role as a part of a team


Developing practical and creative solutions to workplace problems

Showing interdependence and initiative in identifying problems

Solving problems individually or in teams

Initiative and enterprise

Adapting to new situations

Being creative in response to workplace challenges

Identifying opportunities that might not be obvious to others

Planning and organising

Collecting analysing and organising information

Being appropriately resourceful


Monitoring and evaluating own performance

Taking responsibility at the appropriate level


Being open to learning, new ideas and techniques

Learning in a range of settings including informal learning


Using technology and related workplace equipment

Using basic technology skills

Applying OHS knowledge when using technology