This micro-credential provides training for people in New Zealand to gain skills and knowledge in the control and management of rural pest-animals.

The purpose is to meet the needs of industry stakeholders, community/volunteer groups, Iwi/Hapu groups and organisations who require their employees or volunteers to gain skills in pest-animal control.  It will also meet the needs of people who wish to improve their employability or pathways to higher level study in relevant fields (pre-employment skills or study pathways).  Relevant industries include conservation, tourism, Iwi/Hapu industries and primary industries.

This micro-credential aims to provide knowledge and practical skills to carry out practical rural pest-animal control; understand the impacts of effective rural pest-animal control; and use a GPS device effectively for rural pest control.

Unit StandardUnit Descriptor
29414Describe and use a global positioning system for a specified rural activity
29336Describe impacts of rural pest animals on the environment, and benefits of rural pest animal control operations
29338Prepare and use traps to control rural pest animals

Outcome Statement

Graduates of this micro-credential will be able to:

  • Describe the impacts of rural pest-animals on the environment, and the benefits of pest-animal control. They will gain the practical skills required to safely set traps, use lures and lay bait.
  • Learners/ākonga will also gain the practical knowledge and skills required to check and clear traps, dispose of, or store carcases and maintain equipment and materials.
  • Knowledge and skills using Global Positioning System (GPS) applications for pest animal control (trapping) is also an important skillset that learners/ākonga will be able to demonstrate.

Duration of Study

6 weeks full time or 12 weeks part time