Green Card Training

Training Program

The DWG Green Card TrainingTM was developed with inputs from the Dept of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, expert Dieback Interpreters, Scientists and members of the DWG Board.  It arose from the need to raise Biosecurity-Hygiene awareness among all stakeholders and across land tenures, where we use Phytophthora Dieback as an example of how to combat this wide-spread threat to biodiversity, ecosystem health, numerous industries, cultural and environmental values.  It provides trainees wit essential skills and knowledge to apply Biosecurity-Hygiene principles in the field and at home or in your office when planning activities within vulnerable vegetation. This training has become a requirement for numerous industries and DWG is the broker for this training for stakeholders operating off DBCA managed land tenure.  DWG and its Registered Trainers are available to deliver this training.

Our trainers are specialists in Dieback Management to answer all of your questions, hold training qualifications and have a minimum of 5 years of industry experience.

DWG TRAINING FEES @ JANUARY 2019

Fee: $170 / PER PERSON   / TRAINING DURATION < 1 DAY  / MINIMUM No. ATTENDEES: 6  / MAXIMUM No.ATTENDEES: 30

For bookings email: [email protected]

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

DWG REGISTERED GREEN CARD TRAINERS @ JANUARY 2019

Fee: $ Commercial rates apply at the discretion of consultant.  / COURSE CONTENT IS THE SAME AS DWG COURSE.

For a list of our DWG Registered Trainers see below.

Why should I get Green Card Training?

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 trains 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 Group is recognised by WA government authorities to gain the skills and knowledge you need to manage your risk of spreading Phytophthora Dieback on-ground.  Many industry employees are also now required to complete training before commencing work in natural areas. 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 the standard for staff working in Phytophthora Dieback disease-risk areas – Get ahead, Protect Your Bushland and Get trained now!

The level of Green Card Training currently offered is suitable for anyone who works (or volunteers ) in an environment where there is a risk of spreading Phytophthora Dieback. This includes planners, managers, community and on-ground staff working in the following areas:

  • Mining (extraction & processing)
  • Environmental consultancy
  • Power & utility management
  • Forestry
  • Road Construction / Transport & logistics
  • Bushland reserve on-ground management (Local Govt., State Govt. departments and agencies, private organisations & contractors)
  • NRM & Landcare, Friends of Groups
  • 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.

Additional specialised courses may be developed in the future and these will be advertised here.

Overview of Green Card Training

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 infecting 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.

Pre-requisites for completing Green Card Training

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 a ‘can do’ attitude and a willingness to learn and share their experiences.

Find a Trainer

DWGs Registered Trainers are listed below to deliver Green Card. All have extensive background knowledge and experience in working with Phytophthora Dieback, have completed the DWG’s Train-the-trainer program and are Certificate level trainers. Please contact them to obtain a quote.

Trainer Name

Qualifications/Experience

Bruno Rikli
Bark Environmental
M: 0400 208 582
E: [email protected]
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:

TAFE Lecturer – CALM Cert (2014)

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)
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/Simon Robinson
Glevan Consulting
P: 1300 453 826
M: 0427 113 336
E: [email protected]         E: [email protected]
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)

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 to staff from Aloca and Mattiske
Delivery of Green Card training

Jeremy Spencer
GS Biologic
M: 0400 113 093
E: [email protected]
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
M: 0400 003 688
E: [email protected]
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
Open Training Sessions

DWG provides Green Card Training on request and annually at our DIG Conference.

Contact us about the type of training you would like us to offer and where you would like it to be held – regional training events are also an option.

We also hold training sessions for organisations as part of projects and grants or as part of a private agreement.

Please contact us at [email protected] to register your interest in any future Green Card training sessions.

Further Information

Some of our trainers are or have been 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 and proximity you may be 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 contract staff and our training fees are fixed.

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 DBCA, Parks and Wildlife Service, 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.