Book early to secure a place on this course.


Until now there has been very little formal training available to professional shooters who specialise in the control of pest and feral animals.
Generally as an employer you have been relying on the reputation of the individual passed by word of mouth by previous users in the hope that you are getting what you need. This works sometimes but in the absence of a good reference how do you select a pest controller who can do the job?

The Firearm Safety and Training Council Ltd is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and has eliminated a lot of the guesswork in this process by offering formal training and accreditation for professional shooters under the Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisation. Completion of the course awards credits towards the nationally recognised ANC31810 Certificate III in Vertebrate Pest Management.

To the best of our knowledge it is the only qualification of its kind and incorporates both theoretical and practical elements of training which are designed to produce a well-rounded, balanced and safe operator. These elements include:


  • Firearm Safety
  • Risk Management and Task Planning
  • Humane Destruction Protocols
  • Legislation relating to the Use of Firearms and related OH&S issues.
  • Shooting Accreditation Test for both Rimfire and Centrefire Rifles.


If you are a professional shooter and you feel the need to upgrade your formal qualifications this course is highly recommended for you. If you are entering the feral animal control industry this course is essential for your professional development.

If you are an employer and you have a feral animal problem call the Council on (02) 9486 3077 and we will refer you to an operator who holds our accreditation. This simple step will offer you many more safeguards than a stab in the dark.
The Course is proving to be very popular and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to increase the professional standing of the feral animal control industry to such a significant extent. It is being delivered in regional centres so that the cost and time in travelling is kept to a minimum.
To make your booking for the course, simply complete the attached registration form and fax or post to the Council. We will then schedule you for the nearest available course.


This course is designed for both public and private sector firearm operators for the control of feral and pest animals on private or public land.

It is a one-day course encompassing theoretical and practical elements required in the control of feral and pest animals. It is a pre-requisite to hold a current firearms licence for recreational hunting/vermin control or related reason in both category A and B.

This accreditation process includes a shooting test with both rimfire and centrefire firearms which should be zeroed to 50m and 80m respectively if you intend to use your own firearms. The Council is able to supply firearms as necessary for participants who may have to travel long distances.

Major elements of the Course are:


  • Humane destruction protocols
  • Firearm safety
  • Risk Management and OHS standards
  • Operational planning
  • Relevant legislation


This is a ASQA accredited course and carries a national accreditation. The cost of the course is $539.00

Course Fees
Should you be unable to attend, please advise us as soon as possible so that a replacement can be panelled on the course. Any fees paid are refundable if you provide a minimum of 24 hours notice. The cost of course materials, accommodation, provisioning, etc that cannot be recouped by the council will be deducted from your fees and you will be refunded the balance.

Recognition of Prior Learning and Qualifications issued by other RTOs
The council offers Recognition of Prior Learning in that you may be granted exemption for part of the course if you can provide evidence of similar qualifications held or experience gained. The type of evidence you will need to support such a claim includes:


  • Certificates of Qualifications,
  • Evidence of appropriate work experience,
  • References and Testimonials, and
  • Historical records and third party reports of work experience.


Evidence provided will need to be substantiated and will require the concurrence of the appropriate authority before any exemption for prior learning will be granted. You should provide any such evidence at your earliest convenience so that the appropriate checks can be carried out in time to benefit you during the course.
The council recognises all AQF qualifications and VET Statements of Attainment issued by any Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO). If you have any such qualifications that are pertinent to this course, please bring your result slip or Statement of Attainment with you so that it can be recorded.

Pre-Course Preparation
Your ability to assimilate the instruction and your enjoyment of participating in this course will be considerably enhanced if you complete the pre-course preparation material

During this course, you will be assessed to evaluate whether competency has been attained or not. Feedback about the outcomes of the assessment and guidance on future options or reassessment on appeal will be provided as appropriate. Assessment will result in the issuing of a VET Statement of Attainment if you are assessed as competent.

The council will keep an electronic record of your attendance and results. This record will be retained and will be able to be retrieved for 30 years. You may have access to your personal records upon request.

Appropriate notice to facilitate retrieval, etc must be given. Except as required under the Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations or by law, this information will not be disclosed to a third party without your written consent.

Continuous Improvement Process
At the completion of this training activity, you will be given a Training Improvement Questionnaire. This questionnaire is optional, but you are encouraged to complete or partially complete and submit it, anonymously or otherwise. The General Manager reviews all such questionnaires with a view to improving our training policies and procedures and to implementing worthwhile improvements to the training material and processes.

Access & Equity
Access to the council’s training is available to all persons above the age of 18 years, regardless of ethnic background, colour, religion, gender or culture, provided that firearm safety is not compromised. Firearm Safety and Training Council’s policy on Access and Equity is on our website:

At: www.firearmtraining.com.au


We can tailor a course to suit your needs.

Firearm Safety and Training Council Limited
ACN: 051 891 724 ABN: 24 051 891 724
Suite 44, 14 Narabang Way BELROSE NSW 2085
Postal Address: P O Box 393, TERREY HILLS NSW 2084
Phone: +61 (2) 9486 3077 Fax: +61 (2) 9486 3497
Email: training@firearmtraining.com.au
Web: www.firearmtraining.com.au

National Provider No: 91258



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