Vertebrate Toxic Agent (VTA) Safe Handling and Use Training Course

VTA are an important tool to help achieve New Zealand’s Predator Free 2050 aspiration. HASANZ have engaged with industry partners to offer a Level 6 training course for Health and Safety Professionals to provide grounding information on this specialised area.

The course will address the legislation governing the handling and use of VTA in New Zealand, including 1080, cyanide and PAPP. It will address the nature of different VTAs, their risks to handlers and environment and safe handling techniques. It provides tools to check, audit and certify people who wish to become a certified handler for VTAs.

It will also suit people who want to manage and quality assure pest control organisations, operations and handlers applying VTAs.

Applicants are expected to have good grounding in the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations and hold Unit Standard 31291 or equivalent. The course is composed of a face to face instructed component and an extramural self-directed assessment.

The face to face course will be delivered on Friday 24th February at the VHNZ Training Centre in Auckland, 10 Keith Hay Drive, Wiri, Manukau City Centre, Auckland, from 0730 to 1600 (4pm). This will take applicants through the Training Guide, show them how to use the information in the Training Guide and demonstrate safe application of VTA.

Trainees will use the knowledge and tools provided to complete a Workbook, that will be sent to the trainer for marking within a month of the training.

The first 10 trainees to book onto this course will be subsidised. Once 10 trainees are booked additional trainees can attend the course for a fee of $500 + GST, until the class is full. Selection will be on a first come first served basis provided applicants are suitable.

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Please wear closed shoes to the training.

While tea and coffee will be provided trainees will need to provide their own lunch. A cafĂ© is located close to the training centre.