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MAA19 MAA19 Auschem Reaccreditation Skill Set
Short Course Katanning
Manjimup
Margaret River
Mount Barker
Narrogin

Description

This one-day course is an essential update for primary producers in all aspects of chemical use and is designed to maintain AusChem WA accreditation. It covers new information in environmental safety, personal and occupational health and safety, legislation, spraying and calibration techniques, residues and resistance to chemicals.

This course is suitable for:
    farmers/food producers
    people employed by a shire (not those contracting to a shire)
    DEC employees spraying on DEC land
    National Resource Management employees spraying on their land (not contract sprayers doing the job)
    mine rehabilitation and weed eradication employees where they are spraying on mine land.

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following nationally accredited units:

    AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases

MAA18 MAA18 Auschem Skill Set
Short Course Collie
Esperance
Harvey
Katanning
Manjimup
Margaret River
Mount Barker
Narrogin

Description

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to manage risks associated with chemical use, and to understand your obligations in the areas of duty of care, quality assurance and environmental management.

Participants will learn on a practical level how to improve their integrated pest management programmes, to better choose the right chemical for the job and to apply it more accurately.  The course is designed for people who will be spraying chemicals without supervision.

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following nationally accredited units:

    AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
    AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals

MAB40 Back Pack/ Boom Spray Combined Skill Set
Skill set Albany

Description

This course is for those seeking to obtain the mandatory licence required to meet Health Department requirements for a Pest Management Technician licence if you are spraying chemicals for commercial gain.
If only a backpack or hand held device is used for spot spraying then this course is suitable.
It may lead to employment in Lawn & Garden, Landscaping, Bushland & Mine Site Rehabilitation.

Skills and knowledge elements include:
    Common weeds found in WA
    Common weed controls used in WA (following Integrated Pest Management strategies)
    Safe disposal of chemical residue and containers
    Correct Personal Protective Equipment for selected control measures
    Understanding a chemical label, schedules and use of chemicals
    Understanding Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
    Groups of chemicals and their formulations

This course is delivered over 1 day.

Entry requirements
It is recommended that participants completing this course have significant prior knowledge and skills in spraying chemicals if looking to obtain a spraying license for lawn and garden, landscaping or mine site rehabilitation.

 

This course will be offered at these campuses: Albany

If a campus offering this course is not featured in the menu list below or doesn’t have dates, it means they don’t have dates set right now but they are being planned. You can keep checking this page or use the enquiry form to register your interest.

Fees
Non-Concession: $445.00
Concession: $171.40
Commercial / International: $1174.60
AE204 Broadacre Harvest Operations Skill Set
Half price
Skill sets
Skill set Albany
Esperance
Muresk

Description

The Broadacre Harvest Operations Skill Set will give anyone new to the agricultural industry the skills and knowledge to safely undertake employment for harvest operations in the broadacre sector. You will gain the knowledge to safely operate a range of machinery used for harvest, for example a tractor, header, augur and chaser-bin.
This skill set is ideal for anyone wanting to enter the agricultural industry and gain employment as a farm worker during harvest. It may appeal to school leavers, career changers, or anyone wanting to update their skills according to current industry practices and equipment.
 

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following units

AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 
AHCMOM305 Operate specialised machinery and equipment
AHCBAC308 Undertake agricultural crop harvesting activities

This course will be offered at these campuses: Albany, Esperance and Muresk.

If a campus offering this course is not featured in the menu list below or doesn’t have dates, it means they don’t have dates set right now but they are being planned. You can keep checking this page or use the enquiry form to register your interest.

If you meet the fee free eligibility criteria for this course, please enrol in the Broadacre Harvest Operations (Fee Free).

Skill sets 

This is a targeted skill set related to the Skills Ready program, which is aimed at rebuilding our local businesses and communities with free and reduced-price training.

 

Fees
$231.20
AE207 Broadacre Harvest Operations Skill Set (Fee Free)
Free
Skill sets
Skill set Albany
Esperance
Muresk

Description

The Broadacre Harvest Operations Skill Set will give anyone new to the agricultural industry the skills and knowledge to safely undertake employment for harvest operations in the broadacre sector. You will gain the knowledge to safely operate a range of machinery used for harvest, for example a tractor, header, augur and chaser-bin.
This skill set is ideal for anyone wanting to enter the agricultural industry and gain employment as a farm worker during harvest. It may appeal to school leavers, career changers, or anyone wanting to update their skills according to current industry practices and equipment.
 

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following units

AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 
AHCMOM305 Operate specialised machinery and equipment
AHCBAC308 Undertake agricultural crop harvesting activities

This course will be offered at these campuses: Albany, Esperance and Muresk.

If a campus offering this course is not featured in the menu list below or doesn’t have dates, it means they don’t have dates set right now but they are being planned. You can keep checking this page or use the enquiry form to register your interest.

 

If you do not meet the fee free eligibility criteria for this course, please enrol in the Broadacre Harvest Operations Skill Set.

Free*

 If you are aged 15—24 years (not at school), receiving the JobSeeker or JobKeeper payment, receiving Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY or holding a pensioner concession card, Health Care Card or a Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, or a dependent of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution, you are eligible to enrol for free!

 

Skill sets

 

This is a targeted skill set related to the Skills Ready program, which is aimed at rebuilding our local businesses and communities with free and reduced-price training.

 

Fees
This course is free. There are no tuition, resource or administration fees.
MAA11 Chainsaw
Short Course Albany
Bunbury
Busselton
Esperance
Katanning
Manjimup
Margaret River
Mount Barker
Narrogin

Description

This course covers the process of maintaining, preparing and operating hand-held chainsaws in a work environment.

These skills can be transferred to the homestead, are useful for home gardners and could lead to employment in parks and gardens or landscaping.

You will gain skills and knowledge in understanding the correct type of chainsaw for a particular task, how to use the chainsaw, maintain the chainsaw and store suitable personal protective equipment.

You will also carry out routine checks and maintenance on a chainsaw, apply appropriate chainsaw techniques, cutting methods according to manufacturer’s specifications and documented low risk work procedures; assess and minimise environmental impacts of chainsaw use; maintain records of chainsaw training and certification, risk assessment and use.

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following nationally accredited units:

    AHCMOM213 Operate and Maintain Chainsaws

MAB40 Health Department Pesticide Spraying - Mechanical / Boom Spray
Short Course Albany

Description

This course is for those seeking to obtain the mandatory licence required to meet Health Department requirements for a Pest Management Technician licence if you are spraying chemicals for commercial gain.
These competencies are required to be completed where mechanical equipment is used to apply pesticides. Examples include boom spraying equipment including quad bike mounted or air blast equipment.
It may lead to employment in broadacre spraying of crops & pastures, forestry, pest & weed control in non-cropping situations and turf Management.

Skills and knowledge elements include:
    Common weeds found in WA
    Common weed controls used in WA (following Integrated Pest Management strategies)
    Safe disposal of chemical residue and containers
    Correct Personal Protective Equipment for selected control measures
    Understanding a chemical label, schedules and use of chemicals
    Understanding Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
    Groups of chemicals and their formulations

This course is delivered over a 2 day period.

Entry requirements
It is recommended that participants completing this course have significant prior knowledge and skills in spraying chemicals if looking to obtain a spraying license for broadacre spraying with mechanical equipment.

AE215 Introduction to Production Horticulture Skill Set
Skill sets
Skill set Bunbury

Description

Western Australia grows a diverse range of top-quality horticultural crops including tropical and temperate fruits, delicious vegetables and outstanding table wines.
Are you interested in working in this exciting industry? You may be interested in tree cropping, vegetable or berry production, grape growing or mushroom production – or you may work in a mixed enterprise.
The Production Horticulture Skill Set will introduce you to safe work practice in the horticultural industry; and you will learn to apply chemicals and cover the skills and knowledge to either plant or harvest horticultural crops, depending on the season and location.

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following units

AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes
AHCBIO202 Follow site quarantine procedures
AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision
AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry
AHCPHT201 Plant horticultural crops
OR
AHCPHT214 Support horticultural crop harvesting

 

This course will be offered at these campuses: Albany (2021), Bunbury

If a campus offering this course is not featured in the menu list below or doesn’t have dates, it means they don’t have dates set right now but they are being planned. You can keep checking this page or use the enquiry form to register your interest.
 

Fees

Student who meet one or more of the following eligibility requirements will be eligible for fee free (course and resource fee) training.
Eligibility requirements

  • Persons aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding school students)
  • Secondary school-aged persons who are not enrolled at school.
  • Persons receiving the JobSeeker or JobKeeper payment.
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY.
  • Persons and dependents of persons holding:
    • a Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card; or
    • a Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
  • Dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution.

Students who do not meet one or more of the criteria listed above are able to enrol in the skill sets and pay the applicable course and resource fees in accordance with the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s current Fees and Charges Policy, available at dtwd.wa.gov.au.

If you meet the fee free eligibility criteria Opens in a new window for this course, please enrol in the Introduction to Production Horticulture Skill Set (Fee Free) .

 

AE214 Introduction to Production Horticulture Skill Set (Fee Free)
Free
Skill sets
Skill set Bunbury

Description

Western Australia grows a diverse range of top-quality horticultural crops including tropical and temperate fruits, delicious vegetables and outstanding table wines.
Are you interested in working in this exciting industry? You may be interested in tree cropping, vegetable or berry production, grape growing or mushroom production – or you may work in a mixed enterprise.
The Production Horticulture Skill Set will introduce you to safe work practice in the horticultural industry; and you will learn to apply chemicals and cover the skills and knowledge to either plant or harvest horticultural crops, depending on the season and location.

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following units

AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes
AHCBIO202 Follow site quarantine procedures
AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision
AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry
AHCPHT201 Plant horticultural crops
OR
AHCPHT214 Support horticultural crop harvesting

 

This course will be offered at these campuses: Albany (2021), Bunbury

If a campus offering this course is not featured in the menu list below or doesn’t have dates, it means they don’t have dates set right now but they are being planned. You can keep checking this page or use the enquiry form to register your interest.
 

Fees

Student who meet one or more of the following eligibility requirements will be eligible for fee free (course and resource fee) training.
Eligibility requirements

  • Persons aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding school students)
  • Secondary school-aged persons who are not enrolled at school.
  • Persons receiving the JobSeeker or JobKeeper payment.
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY.
  • Persons and dependents of persons holding:
    • a Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card; or
    • a Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
  • Dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution.

Students who do not meet one or more of the criteria listed above are able to enrol in the skill sets and pay the applicable course and resource fees in accordance with the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s current Fees and Charges Policy, available at dtwd.wa.gov.au.

If you do not meet the fee free eligibility criteria Opens in a new window for this course, please enrol in the Introduction to Production Horticulture Skill Set.

 

AHC3 Permaculture - Series of eight workshops
Short Course Albany

Description

Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.

It is the harmounious integration of landscape and people - providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way

  • Workshop 1 - Growing permaculture plants
  • Workshop 2 - Enjoying the permaculture yield
  • Workshop 3 - Permaculture structures
  • Workshop 4 - Permaculture water systems
  • Workshop 5 - Permaculture basics
  • Workshop 6 - A permaculture backyard
  • Workshop 7 - Permaculture structures
  • Workshop 8 - Maintain permaculture systems

This course will be delivered over a series of weekend workshops via face-to-face delivery at our Albany campus and at the Good Life Community Garden. The Good Life Community Garden is on a 5ha site at 78 Lower King Road, Albany. This is an emerging community garden being developed using permaculture principles.

Join us for any of these workshops - or all eight

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the relevant units depending on the workshop attended.

For more information on AHC33816 Certificate III in Permaculture click here

MAB55 Pruning
Short Course Margaret River

Description

A 2 day pruning course, ideal for workers in the viticulture industry. As part of this course, you will learn the best time for pruning, correct pruning techniques and the safe and effective use of equipment.

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following nationally accredited units:

FDFWGG2003A - Hand Prune vines

MAA24 Quad Bike Training
Short Course Manjimup

Description

This course will take you through the process of maintaining and operating quad bikes (four wheeled), and defines the standard required to:
    perform routine pre-operational checks and maintenance
    match, attach and operate equipment as described in the manufacturer's operators manual
    recognise and control hazards and risks
    safely operate quad bikes in a range of weather and terrain conditions
    monitor and maintain vehicle records

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following nationally accredited units:

    AHCMOM217 Operate Quad Bikes

MAA20 MAA20 Tractor
Half price
Short Course Albany
Manjimup

Description

This course will take you through the process of operating tractors with or without attached equipment and defines the standard required to:    
•    carry out pre-operational checks and maintenance including tagging defects
•    set and secure attachments according to manufacturer's directions
•    operate tractor in a safe and controlled manner
•    implement shut-down procedures
•    store machinery and equipment
•    record maintenance and operation details

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following nationally accredited unit: 
AHCMOM202 Operate Tractors

MAB97 Wine Cellar Skill Set
Skill set Margaret River

Description

The course is designed for vintage workers and will cover winery induction, manual handling, workplace safety and forklift operation.

The course runs over 5 days with students required to attend all sessions.

 

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following nationally accredited units.

  • FDFFS2001A Implement the food safety program and procedures
  • FDFCEL2019A Carry out transfer operations
  • TLILIC0003 Licence to operate a forklift truck

This course will be offered at these campuses: Margaret River

Margaret River Dates are: Monday 7 - Friday 11 December 2020

AE151 Work in Agriculture Skill Set (Fee Free)
Free
Skill sets
Skill set Albany
Manjimup
Muresk
Narrogin

Description

The Work in Agriculture Skill Set is the ideal introductory training opportunity for new entrants to the agriculture and rural industries. It is also suitable for school leavers, career changers and those wanting to update skills for current
industry practices and equipment.
Participants will gain a solid foundation in essential farming skills including health and safety, chemical handling, modern tractor and machinery operation and weed control.

Certification

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following units

AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pests, weeds and diseases
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry

 

This course will be offered at these campuses: Albany, Manjimup, Muresk and Narrogin.

If a campus offering this course is not featured in the menu list below or doesn’t have dates, it means they don’t have dates set right now but they are being planned. You can keep checking this page or use the enquiry form to register your interest.

Fees

Student who meet one or more of the following eligibility requirements will be eligible for fee free (course and resource fee) training.
Eligibility requirements

  • Persons aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding school students)
  • Secondary school-aged persons who are not enrolled at school.
  • Persons receiving the JobSeeker or JobKeeper payment.
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY.
  • Persons and dependents of persons holding:
    • a Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card; or
    • a Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
  • Dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution.

Students who do not meet one or more of the criteria listed above are able to enrol in the skill sets and pay the applicable course and resource fees in accordance with the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s current Fees and Charges Policy, available at dtwd.wa.gov.au.

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