ChemCERT is thrilled to announce a new course offering – Control Plant Pests Diseases and Disorders (CPPDD). This course is designed for workers in agriculture, horticulture, and land management who have completed the AQF3 and want to equip themselves with the essential skills and knowledge to identify and manage the impact of plant pests, diseases, and disorders effectively. Upon successful completion of this course, students will attain the unit: AHCPMG302 – Control plant pests, diseases, and disorders.

Redlegged earth mite (RLEM). The mites suck the fluid out of cells leaving them full of air which gives the damaged areas their characteristic silvery look. By CSIRO

Redlegged earth mite (RLEM). The mites suck the fluid out of cells leaving them full of air which gives the damaged areas their characteristic silvery look. By CSIRO

What Will Be Covered

Throughout the training, students will gain proficiency in the following key areas:

  1. Assessing Pests, Diseases, and Disorders: Learn to identify the signs and symptoms of various plant pest and disease infestations in agriculture and horticulture settings. Students will be introduced to different pest groups, including insects, gastropods, plants, disease-causing agents, mammals, and birds. They will also gain knowledge about setting economic thresholds for pest management and identifying tolerable levels of infestations.
  2. Planning Effective Control Measures: Develop the skills to plan and coordinate comprehensive control measures utilising Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies. Students will understand the importance of companion planting, beneficial organisms, and disease identification, following examples from case studies along the way.
  3. Implementing Control Measures: Discover the four steps of implementing an IPM approach, gain knowledge about proper equipment calibration, and be informed about various chemical application techniques and the significance of preventing spray drift to avoid damage to non-target organisms and the environment. Proper implementation is key to mitigating risks and minimizing environmental impact.
  4. Monitoring and Refining Control Methods: Students will learn various monitoring techniques, including visual inspection, testing water sources and air quality, and conducting chemical