A new innovation in training for the urban pest management industry in South Australia is being rapidly developed.
TAFE SA and PestLearn in conjunction, are providing the UPM training for pest managers online and now in the field.
The Adelaide based TAFE SA Urrbrae Campus (505 Fullarton Rd, Netherby SA 5062) has been transformed into pest management academy, with the installation of pest management programs throughout the campus.
Developer, Mark Wagner comments that not only do students have access to the world-class learning management PestLearn.net, they now can attend workshops and assessment days. Now students not only have interactive e-learning for the theory component but the added advantage of experiencing pest management on campus. The academy has developed programs which provide experience in all facets of pest management. Mark went on to explain programs had been installed in specific locations, for example, the campuses agricultural dairy, piggery, the farm, poultry farm, the nursery, the stables, and the landscaping building. The music, art, home economics, farm building and the cafeteria are now timber pest and commercial pest management assessment and workshop sites.
Mark did thank sponsors Bayer, Garrards and Greens Environmental Pest Services for their sponsorship and supported. There are still lots of rooms for other interested parties to help to contribute to this exciting project.