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Unit of competency details

AHCPMG307 - Apply animal trapping techniques (Release 2)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to AHCVPT306A - Apply animal trapping techniquesThis unit is equivalent to AHCVPT306A Apply animal trapping techniques 26/Jun/2016

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 19/Dec/2018
(View details for release 1) 27/Jun/2016


Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
CPP - Property Services Training PackageProperty Services Training Package 9.0 
AHC - Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training PackageAgriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package 3.0-4.0 

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
DEF40617 - Certificate IV in Preventive HealthCertificate IV in Preventive Health 
CPP41619 - Certificate IV in Urban Pest ManagementCertificate IV in Urban Pest Management 
AHC41716 - Certificate IV in Pest ManagementCertificate IV in Pest Management 1-4 
AHC33616 - Certificate III in Pest ManagementCertificate III in Pest Management 1-2 
AHC32516 - Certificate III in Aboriginal Sites WorkCertificate III in Aboriginal Sites Work 1-2 
AHC31516 - Certificate III in Indigenous Land ManagementCertificate III in Indigenous Land Management 1-3 
AHC31416 - Certificate III in Conservation and Land ManagementCertificate III in Conservation and Land Management 1-3 
AHC30318 - Certificate III in Rural and Environmental Pest ManagementCertificate III in Rural and Environmental Pest Management 
AHC21016 - Certificate II in Conservation and Land ManagementCertificate II in Conservation and Land Management 1-3 
ACM40117 - Certificate IV in Animal Control and RegulationCertificate IV in Animal Control and Regulation 1-2 
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050901 Land, Parks And Wildlife Management  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050901 Land, Parks And Wildlife Management  14/Oct/2016 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 2

This version released with AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package Version 3.0.

Release 1

This version released with AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package Version 1.0.

Application

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to trap and hold live animals for release, transportation or destruction. Trapped animals can be native animals, domestic animals, animals determined to be pests or feral animals.

The unit applies to individuals who work under broad direction and take responsibility for their own work. They use discretion and judgement in the selection, allocation and use of available resources.

State or territory licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply in some jurisdictions.

Pre-requisite Unit

Nil

Unit Sector

Pest Management (PMG)

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements 

Performance Criteria 

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Prepare for trapping

1.1 Identify purpose of animal capture and set objectives

1.2 Confirm the location and size of the area designated for trapping activities

1.3 Confirm target animal movement patterns, behaviour and lifecycles to determine trapping location and placement of equipment and appropriate timing of trapping activity

1.4 Identify potential non-target animals

1.5 Estimate time required to complete trapping activities

1.6 Identify and check method of transport, materials and equipment required for trapping

1.7 Select appropriate traps for target animal and the environment

1.8 Clean, maintain and prepare trapping equipment according to manufacturer specifications

1.9 Identify hazards, risks and controls for trapping and select appropriate personal protective equipment

1.10 Identify and manage environmental risks associated with trapping animals

1.11 Obtain relevant approvals, permits and permission to carry out trapping activities

1.12 Determine precautions for minimising trapping of non-target animals

2. Place and set traps

2.1 Undertake site surveillance prior to setting traps

2.2 Select and prepare site to maximise opportunity for trapping target animals and minimise the chance of trapping non-target animals

2.3 Position, set and calibrate trapping equipment and check it for operation and safety

2.4 Apply lures, decoys, baits or toxins according to workplace procedures and permits

2.5 Camouflage traps according to workplace procedures

2.6 Apply precautions to prevent trapping of non-target animals

2.7 Set traps according to legislative requirements and animal welfare codes of practice

3. Check and remove traps

3.1 Inspect traps at the required frequency

3.2 Identify trapped animals then release, humanely destroy or prepare for transport according to trapping objectives and permits

3.3 Handle captured animals humanely according to animal welfare codes of practice

3.4 Transport animals from site according to trapping objectives and animal welfare codes of practice

3.5 Observe health and safety in the workplace procedures and public safety requirements during trapping activities

3.6 Operate trap release mechanism safely and remove trap

3.7 Restore trap-site to its prior condition

4. Record data

4.1 Use global positioning system (GPS) loggers to record locations of trapped animals

4.2 Use recording instruments to record details of trapping activities according to trapping plan and workplace procedures

5. Clean and store equipment and material

5.1 Clean and store carcases for research or other purposes

5.2 Clean and store equipment and materials according to safety data sheets, workplace and biosecurity procedures

5.3 Record target and non-target kills

6. Report completion of work

6.1 Report results of trapping activities and incidents according to workplace procedures

Foundation Skills

This section describes those language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential for performance in this unit of competency but are not explicit in the performance criteria.

Skill 

Description 

Writing

  • Accurately record and complete organisational documentation using clear language, and terminology when reporting and maintaining animal trapping records

Numeracy

  • Perform basic mathematical calculations to determine and record trapping data and GPS locations

Navigate the world of work

  • Take responsibility for following explicit and implicit policies, procedures and legislative requirements

Get the work done

  • Take responsibility for planning, sequencing and prioritising tasks and workload for efficiency and effective trapping outcomes

Unit Mapping Information

Code and title current version 

Code and title previous¬†version 

Comments 

Equivalence status 

AHCPMG307 Apply animal trapping techniques
Release 2

AHCPMG307 Apply animal trapping techniques
Release 1

Minor changes and removal of unnecessary Performance Criteria for clarity

Updated Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence

Equivalent unit

Links

Companion Volumes, including Implementation Guides, are available at VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=c6399549-9c62-4a5e-bf1a-524b2322cf72

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 2

This version released with AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package Version 3.0.

Release 1

This version released with AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package Version 1.0.

Performance Evidence

An individual demonstrating competency must satisfy all of the elements and performance criteria in this unit. There must be evidence that on at least one occasion the individual has demonstrated that they have applied animal trapping techniques, including:

  • determined objectives for trapping and confirmed target animal characteristics and trapping location and size
  • estimated trapping period and identified, selected and prepared baits, equipment, traps and transport for trapping activities
  • set and trapped animals humanely and released or destroyed animals according to workplace procedures and animal welfare code of practice
  • identified presence of target and non-target animals
  • identified environmental, health and safety in the workplace hazards, risks and applied controls according to workplace and environmental procedures
  • checked method of transport, equipment and materials for serviceability and cleaned equipment before and after trapping activities
  • selected, prepared and restored trapping site during trapping activities
  • positioned, set, calibrated and checking trapping equipment according to workplace procedures
  • applied lures or baits according to trapping plan
  • selected, used and stored baits or toxins according to workplace procedures
  • inspected traps in a timely manner and handled and euthanised captured animals in accordance with workplace procedures and animal welfare practices
  • maintained records using global positioning system data
  • summarised and presented trapping data and reports according to workplace procedures
  • cleaned and stored equipment and carcases using approved chemicals according to safety data sheets (SDS) and workplace procedures to minimise biosecurity risks.

Knowledge Evidence

An individual must be able to demonstrate the knowledge required to perform the tasks outlined in the elements and performance criteria of this unit. This includes knowledge of:

  • basic requirements for ensuring the welfare of animals described in the relevant Codes of Practice
  • purpose for trapping the animal
  • target animals and non-target animals
  • target animal's range, movement patterns and behaviour and how to apply knowledge of these to selecting trapping location and equipment
  • reproductive cycle of the target animal to determine appropriate timing of trapping activities
  • food preferences, both general and local, of target animals
  • capture and kill points for target animals
  • traps and techniques for target animals
  • permissions that may be required to undertake trapping
  • principles relating to property, stock and duty of care when trapping
  • precautions that need to be taken to minimise trapping of non-target animals
  • trap camouflage materials and techniques
  • trap types, setting and operating release to render them inactive
  • health and safety in the workplace procedures that relate to trapping animals
  • recording and reporting requirements
  • use of decoys and lures
  • baits or toxins types and preparation
  • applicable state or territory legislation on the use and storage of baits or toxins
  • applicable legislation on the capture and handling of animals
  • suitable personal protective equipment
  • transportation methods for captured animals.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment of skills must take place under the following conditions:

  • physical conditions:
  • skills must be demonstrated in the field or an environment that accurately represents workplace conditions
  • resources, equipment and materials:
  • live animals in the field
  • traps appropriate to trapping technique required
  • baits, lures or poisons relevant to trapping context
  • methods of transport relevant to trapping context
  • cleaning products
  • specifications:
  • workplace documents including plans, procedures, records and forms
  • workplace instructions or briefs
  • specific regulations and animal welfare codes of practice
  • technical information and resources applicable to pest
  • specific SDS
  • relationships:
  • supervisor.

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational education and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

In addition, the following specific assessor requirements apply to this unit if firearms are used to destroy animals:

  • must possess firearms licences
  • appropriate experience in using firearms for pest control.

Links

Companion Volumes, including Implementation Guides, are available at VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=c6399549-9c62-4a5e-bf1a-524b2322cf72