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 analysis. They will also learn how to assess pest management effectiveness by testing for pest presence and identifying risk factors like resistance, water pollution, and volatilization. Moreover, students will understand the significance of accurate records and reports for evaluation, and maintaining a safe work environment in line with relevant legislation.

State Licensing

This course is recognised under pest management technician licensing endorsements in certain states. To obtain detailed information regarding licensing requirements, we encourage you to visit our website’s state legislation page or reach out to your local state authority.

Elevate Your Expertise

This course is a valuable opportunity to enhance your skills and knowledge in managing plant pests, diseases, and disorders in your industry. Empower yourself to make informed decisions, safeguard crops and landscapes, and contribute to sustainable agricultural practices.

Course cost is $150 bundled with an AQF3 or $195 standalone. To register please visit our website’s CPPDD course page or get in touch with our friendly enrolment team at 1800 444 228