The Dieback Working Group Green Card TrainingTM was developed with the input of the Department of Parks and Wildlife and various other stakeholders including Dieback Interpreters and members of the Dieback Working Group Committee. It arose out of the need for a training program that gives recipients the knowledge required to address and implement Phytophthora Dieback hygiene principles on-ground. The Dieback Working Group (DWG) took on this training because there was a need for this type of training to be delivered to anyone requiring it.
To find out why, how and where to get the training, click on the headings below.
Next open training session:
Type of Training: Green Card for Local Government
Date: Friday 28th of April 2017
Location: City of Melville Civic Centre, 10 Almondbury Rd, Booragoon.
Cost: $180pp including GST
Training materials and handouts
Classroom and field-based learning
Morning tea and light lunch
Audience: This Green Card Training has been adapted scpecifically for Local Government employees, providing Phytophthora Dieback and biosecurity hygiene management information relevant to Local Government activities. This training is being run in partnership with Perth NRM as part of a broader initiative.
More training opportunities coming in 2017:
The invasive plant disease, Phytophthora Dieback, is receiving increasing recognition for the threat it poses to the natural environment and the industries dependant on it. Increasing management of the disease means that more and more organisations are looking for a program that train their staff to recognise and follow protocols and procedures for the on-ground management of the disease and its spread.
Green Card Training (Phytophthora Dieback Hygiene) offered by the Dieback Working Great is a great way to get the skills and knowledge you need to manage your risk of spreading Phytophthora Dieback on-gro. The training is engaging, interesting and of course informative. It can be completed as an organisational or workplace requirement, as a condition for entry to a particular site/ area, for professional development, or just for your own interest. Land managers across WA are quickly taking on Green Card Training as a training standard for staff working in Phytophthora Dieback disease-risk areas – get ahead, get trained now!
The basic level of Green Card Training currently being offered is suitable for anyone who works (or volunteers ) in in an environment where there is a risk of spreading Phytophthora Dieback. This includes on-ground staff working in the following industries:
- mining (extraction & processing)
- environmental consultancy
power & utility management
transport & logistics
- Bushland reserve on-ground management (Local Govt., State Govt. departments and agencies, private organisations & contractors)
- Education & Research (University, TAFE)
The skills and knowledge acquired through the training will give trainees an understanding of the nature of the disease, how it spreads, how it is managed, an overview of relevant guiding documents and the skills to follow signage and clean and inspect a vehicle for soil, animal and plant material. A higher level of Green Card Training is under development which will offer management level Green Card training. This training address the needs of management level environmental staff for in-depth knowledge of the Phytophthora Dieback issue and its management and treatment.
*Note: Several different versions, tailored to their respective target audiences, have been running internally at the Department of Parks and Wildlife and currently still do. This version of the Green Card Training package addresses the same key messages as the Dept. of Parks and Wildlife Green Card Training packages and is currently seeking endorsement by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
A standard Green Card Training session involves a theory session (in a classroom) where trainees learn the knowledge required to successfully complete the course, followed by a practical session where trainees learn how to inspect and clean a vehicle, followed by an assessment. Trainees must pass the assessment to complete the training. Your trainer will modify the standard training to incorporate internal and industry-relevant documents and policies, making sure the training is relevant to the trainees. Additional modules may be added to the training program, at your request, to enhance the skills or knowledge acquired by the trainees through the training. The following modules can be added to the training program:
- Phytophthora Dieback site visit
- Management in practice site visit
- Department of Parks and Wildlife policies and regulations
- Phosphite treatment
- Clean and inspect machinery
For other changes to the training, please discuss with your trainer.
DWG Green Card Trainees who successfully complete the course receive the skills and knowledge to be able to understand the nature of the plant disease Phytophthora Dieback, how it is managed and what steps they need to take to ensure the disease isn’t spread through their in-field activities. Trainees complete the course with the skills for completing a clean-down of a vehicle or piece of equipment relevant to their work practices.
Much of the content of the DWG Green Card Training Program is based on DWG’s Phytophthora Dieback Aware training, DWG’s Phytophthora Dieback Basic Training and the ‘AHCBIO201A Inspect and Clean Machinery for Plant, Animal and soil material’ unit of competency, a Certificate II level unit.
Due to the nature of the organisms that cause Phytophthora Dieback as complex microscopic water moulds (not even real fungi!), some of the concepts discussed in the training may prove to be a challenge for some Certificate II level learners, but our trainers do an amazing job at communicating these concepts through their interesting and interactive training methods.
We suggest all trainees come with ‘can do’ attitude and a willingness to learn.
The DWG occasionally runs Green Card Training sessions that are open to anyone. These sessions accommodate individuals or small groups requiring training compared to the private training sessions that can be arranged through one of our trainers listed above. Understandably, accommodating the range of industries and relevant policies and guiding documents of each individual trainee at a session like this can be difficult, so these sessions tend to be more generic in their content.
The next open training session will be held on:
Tuesday 13th of December at the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington (WA) from 9am - 1pm. Training will be held in the Purnulule meeting room adjacent to reception in the Kieran McNamara Building, 17 Dick Perry Ave Kensington, Western Australia. Full details listed above.
Green Card Training Program Trainers
Our recognised trainers possess a number of qualities that make them qualified to deliver our Green Card training program. Many of them even helped to develop the training program into what it is today. Our trainers are people with a strong background in Phytophthora Dieback, a good level of experience in training/ education and they have completed out Train-the Trainer course for Green Card Training. We do not require that all of our trainers have a training qualification (e.g. Cert IV in Training and Assessment), we leave that up to you to decide if you would like a trainer with formal training qualifications.
Some of our trainers are also members of the Dieback Working Group Management Committee. In the interest of fairness and transparency, we do not give recommendations for one particular trainer over another, we instead put their information on our website for you to chose a trainer based on the qualities you are looking for. We also do not choose a trainer for you, that is entirely up to you. Any training sessions run by the DWG are delivered by our Executive Officer or another member of staff.
1) why you would like to become a Green Card Trainer,
2) what experience/ qualifications you have in regards to Phytophthora Dieback,
3) what training experience and qualifications you have in regards to delivery of training.
Applications will be considered by the DWG Management Committee at our next general meeting.
Maintaining the standard of our trainers and the training they are delivering is important to us. We monitor the standards of training materials and delivery through surveyed responses of trainees and clients to relevant questions. To complete your survey, please go to the ‘Feedback’ section on this page.
We also encourage our trainers to attend at least one professional development activity each year, such as the annual Dieback Information Group (DIG) Conference.
DWG Green Card Training cross-recognition
While the DWG Green Card Training Program currently being delivered is based on a training program delivered within the Department of Parks and Wildlife and still delivered today, we are still in the process of securing recognition from the Department for our training program. The DWG currently recognises the training being delivered by the Department’s Ecosystem Health Branch.
Training program and content