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Training Program

GC DPaW field3 crop smThe 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. This training is fast becoming a training requirement for operators in a range of organisations and agencies across a range of land tenures. Book your training today with one of our fantastic trainers or book in to one of DWG's targeted training sessions. Spaces are limited so book in now!   

To find out why, how and where to get the training, click on the headings below.

Upcoming DWG Training Sessions:

Green Card for Local Government - May 2017 (Postponed from April 28th)

Time:  9am - 2pm
Location:  Conference room, City of Melville Civic Centre, 10 Almondbury Rd, Booragoon.
Cost:  $180pp including GST
Included:  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. 
To register: Complete the pdfApril 2017 Registration Form, and send to trainer Kat Sambrooks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We can send you a word version of the registration form if preferred. Registration closes c.o.b Friday 21st of April.   

 

Green Card for Revegetation and Seed Collection - Friday 26th of May 2017

Time:  9am - 1pm
Location: Nambung and Torndirrup Rooms, Kieran McNamara Conservation Science Centre, Parks and Wildlife, 17 Dick Pery Ave, Kensington WA.
Cost:  $170pp including GST
Included:  Training materials and handouts, classroom and field-based learning and light morning tea
Audience: This Green Card Training has been adapted scpecifically for people undertaking revegetaion and seed collection activities, providing relevant Phytophthora Dieback and biosecurity hygiene management information.
To register: Register your interest by emailing Kat Sambrooks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further info and registration forms will be available on this page next week.

 

 Green Card Training - Friday 30th of June 2017 ***TBC***

Cranbrook 5The 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
  • forestry
    transport & logistics
  • Landcare
  • Bushland reserve on-ground management (Local Govt., State Govt. departments and agencies, private organisations & contractors)
  • NRM
  • 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.

Dieback Greencard Workshop 17 May 2013 001A 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.

Dieback Greencard Workshop 17 May 2013 021Much 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 trainers listed below are recognised by the Dieback Working Group as qualified to deliver the DWG’s Green Card Training. These trainers all have background knowledge and experience in working with Phytophthora Dieback, they have are experienced trainers and have completed the DWG’s Train-the-trainer training program for Green Card. Please contact a trainer listed below to obtain a quote or arrange a training session. To take part in an open training session please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Trainer Name

Qualifications/Experience

Bruno Rikli
Bark Environmental
M: 0400 208 582
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Bruno's Qualifications:
DWG Green Card Train-the-Trainer Course (2015)
Batchelor of Science - Environmental Management (2001)
CALM Cert IV in Conservation & Lanad Management (1992)
DPaW Registered Dieback Interpreter (2015)
Cert IV in Workplace Training and Assessment (2014)
Bruno's Experience:
Training provided to Govt., Industry, Mining and Community Groups (20 years).
HMP & Mapping for Govt., Industry, Mining and Community Groups.
25 year experience Dieback Interpretation & mapping
Dept. of CALM (now Parks and Wildlife) employee (1991-2000)
TAFE Lecturer - CALM Cert (2014)
Environmental Officer (Main Roads WA 2002-'06 & City of Bunbury 2012)
Senior Scientist (GHD 2006-2009)
Managing Scientist (RPS 2009-22011)
Biosecurity Officer (DAFWA 2015-current)

Evan Brown
Glevan Consulting
P: 1300 453 826
M: 0427 127 772
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Evan's Qualifications:
DWG Green Card Program Train-the-Trainer Course (2015)
Dieback interpreter accreditation and registration
Department of Parks and WIldlife Hygiene Management
Evan's Experience:
TAFE trainer
Dept of Parks and Wildlife registered Dieback Interpreter across all susceptible bioregions (22 years)
Glenn Tuffnell
Dieback Treatment Services
P: 1300 758 311
M: 0428 785 311
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Glenn's Qualifications:
DWG Green Card Program Train-the-Trainer Course (2015)
CALM Phytophthora Management Training (2002)
Glenn's Experience:
Conducted workshops for over 2000 attendees since 2008.
Dept of Parks and Wildlife registered Dieback Interpreter with 25 years' industry experience mapping Phytophthora in WA and SA.
Jeremy Spencer
GS Biologic
M: 0400 113 093
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Jeremy's Qualifications:
DWG Green Card Program Train-the-Trainer Course (2015)
Cert IV in Workplace Training and Assessment (2004)
Jeremy's Experience:
State Env Education Program Coordinator for the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service
CALM- on the ridge Environmental Education Program Coordinator (1998-2002)
Dept of Parks and Wildlife registered Dieback Interpreter (1991 – present)
Green Card Training Program delivery (field component) 2014)

Joe Grehan
Terratree
P: 9250 1163
M: 0400 003 688
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Joe's Qualifications
DWG Green Card Program Train-the-Trainer Course (2016)
Cert IV in Training and Assessment (2016)
Batchelor of Science in Environmental Science (2004)
Post-graduate Diploma in Environmental Management (2006)
Cert IV in Land Management (2002)
Dept of CALM - Certificate in Phytophthora cinnamomi (Dieback) Management (2004)
Joe's Experience
Delivery of Dieback Awareness training to Environmental Consultants
Trained Dieback Interpreter trainee over 4 years to gain registration.
Dept of Parks and Wildlife registered Dieback interpreter (10 years) with supplementary qualification in 'areas of low interpretability'
Ecologist (10 years) with substantial experience in dieback risk assessment and hygiene management planning

Simon Robinson
Glevan Consulting
P: (08) 9582 7772
M: 0427 113 336
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Simon's Qualifications:
DWG Green Card Program Train-the-Trainer Course (2015)
Certificate I and IV in Land Management (1997 & 1998)
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (2004)
Dieback interpreter accreditation (2007) and registration (2015)
Simon's Experience:
Dept of Parks and Wildlife registered Dieback Interpreter (10 years)
Delivered presentations of Phytophthora Dieback information and field detection methods to staff from Aloca and Mattiske
Delivery of Green Card training

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.

Requests for open training sessions should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When enough people are interested in attending a training session, the session will be arranged and advertised below. The DWG may also hold Green Card Training sessions for community groups and volunteers with the assistance of grant funding. Community groups and volunteers interested in receiving training through a grant funded project should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be contacted about this and watch our news feed and Facebook© page for announcements.

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.

Please contact Kat Sambrooks (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to register your interest in attending the December training.

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.  
If you’re interested in becoming a DWG Green Card Program trainer email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and tell us

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
Our training materials and content are constantly being improved thanks to your feedback and the input of our trainers and Management Committee. We have a strong relationship with the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Phytophthora Dieback interpreters, Plant disease scientists and many other relevant industries that allows us to make sure the content of our training is up to date with the latest developments. If you have any queries about the content presented in our training program or would like further information on a particular aspect of the training program, please contact us with the request This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..