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Training Program

GC DPaW field3 crop smThe Dieback Working Group Green Card TrainingTM was developed with the input of the Department of Parks and Wildlife and various other stakeholders including Dieback Interpreters and members of the Dieback Working Group Committee. It arose out of the need for a training program that gives recipients the knowledge required to address and implement Phytophthora Dieback hygiene principles on-ground. This training is fast becoming a training requirement for operators in a range of organisations and agencies across a range of land tenures. Book your training today with one of our fantastic trainers or book in to one of DWG's targeted training sessions. Spaces are limited so book in now!   

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

Upcoming DWG Training Sessions: 

September: Pre-DIG Green Card - Thursday 28th September, Perth

  • Where & when: 9am - 1pm at the City of South Perth Depot, 199 Thelma St, Como WA. Parking available outside the depot. *Note venue change from Murdoch University.
  • Cost: $170pp including GST
  • Included: Training materials and handouts, classroom and field-based learning and light morning tea
  • Audience: This will be a general Green Card Training session and would be suitable for anyone wanting to attain the training and lift their skills and knowledge in Phytophthora Dieback and Biosecurity hygiene management prior to the 2017 DIG Conference.    
  • Tor  register: Complete the registration form Pre-DIG_Green_Card_Flyer-Registration_28_Sept and email to Bruno Rikli at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

October: SCDF Albany Green Card - Friday 27th October

  • Where & when: 9am - 1pm at South Coast NRM Conference Room,39 Mercer Rd, Albany
  • Cost: $170pp including GST
  • Included: Training materials and handouts, classroom and field-based learning and light morning tea
  • Audience: The South Coast NRM Dieback Information Forum (DIF) in Albany is providing excellent opportunities for attendees to participate in training before and after the forum. Green Card Training is fast becoming a standard training requirement for operation within certain organisations or on certain land tenures. Attendees to the South Coast Phytophthora Dieback Forum are encouraged to also register for this Green Card Training session, to add to their skills and knowledge
  • Tor  register: Complete the registration form SCDF_Albany_Green_Card_Flyer-Registration and email to Bruno Rikli at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This Green Card Training session is supported by South Coast NRM.
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Cranbrook 5The 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 train 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 a great way to get the skills and knowledge you need to manage your risk of spreading Phytophthora Dieback on-ground. 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 a training standard for staff working in Phytophthora Dieback disease-risk areas – get ahead, get trained now!

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

  • Mining (extraction & processing)
  • Environmental consultancy
  • Power & utility management
  • Forestry
  • Transport & logistics
  • Bushland reserve on-ground management (Local Govt., State Govt. departments and agencies, private organisations & contractors)
  • NRM & landcare
  • 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. A higher level of Green Card Training is under development which will offer management level Green Card training. This training address the needs of management level environmental staff for in-depth knowledge of the Phytophthora Dieback issue and its management and treatment.

*Note: Several different versions, tailored to their respective target audiences, have been running internally at the Department of Parks and Wildlife and currently still do. This version of the Green Card Training package addresses the same key messages as the Dept. of Parks and Wildlife Green Card Training packages and is currently seeking endorsement by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Dieback Greencard Workshop 17 May 2013 001A 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 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.

Dieback Greencard Workshop 17 May 2013 021Much 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 ‘can do’ attitude and a willingness to learn.

The trainers listed below are recognised by the Dieback Working Group as qualified to deliver the DWG’s Green Card Training. These trainers all have background knowledge and experience in working with Phytophthora Dieback, they have are experienced trainers and have completed the DWG’s Train-the-trainer training program for Green Card. Please contact a trainer listed below to obtain a quote or arrange a training session. To take part in an open training session please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Trainer Name

Qualifications/Experience

Bruno Rikli
Bark Environmental
M: 0400 208 582
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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:
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)
TAFE Lecturer - CALM Cert (2014)
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
Glevan Consulting
P: 1300 453 826
M: 0427 127 772
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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)
Glenn Tuffnell
Dieback Treatment Services
P: 1300 758 311
M: 0428 785 311
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Glenn's Qualifications:
DWG Green Card Program Train-the-Trainer Course (2015)
CALM Phytophthora Management Training (2002)
Glenn's Experience:
Conducted workshops for over 2000 attendees since 2008.
Dept of Parks and Wildlife registered Dieback Interpreter with 25 years' industry experience mapping Phytophthora in WA and SA.
Jeremy Spencer
GS Biologic
M: 0400 113 093
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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
P: 9250 1163
M: 0400 003 688
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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

Simon Robinson
Glevan Consulting
P: (08) 9582 7772
M: 0427 113 336
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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 of Phytophthora Dieback information and field detection methods to staff from Aloca and Mattiske
Delivery of Green Card training

The DWG is holding monthly Green Card Training sessions, each tailored to a specific industry-type. We also try to get a relevant industry-group on board to support and provide input fo each sesion. We are in the process of planning out training sessions for June, July, August, September, October, Novermebr and December based on where the demand for training is coming from. 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. The base cost for training delivered within the metro area is $170pp (incl GST). Please contact us to work out a quote. 

Our next open training sessions will be held:

  • Green Card Training for Local Government - Friday 19th of May at the City of Melville
  • Green card Training for Revegetation and Seed Collection - Friday 26th of May at the Dept of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington.

Please contact Kat Sambrooks (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to register your interest in any future Green Card training sessions and provide suggestions for industry-targeted training.

Green Card Training Program Trainers
Our recognised trainers possess a number of qualities that make them qualified to deliver our Green Card training program. Many of them even helped to develop the training program into what it is today. Our trainers are people with a strong background in Phytophthora Dieback, a good level of experience  in training/ education and they have completed out Train-the Trainer course for Green Card Training. We do not require that all of our trainers have a training qualification (e.g. Cert IV in Training and Assessment), we leave that up to you to decide if you would like a trainer with formal training qualifications.  

Some of our trainers are also 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 you are 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 Executive Officer or another member of staff.  
If you’re interested in becoming a DWG Green Card Program trainer email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and tell us

1) why you would like to become a Green Card Trainer,

2) what experience/ qualifications you have in regards to Phytophthora Dieback,

3) what training experience and qualifications you have in regards to delivery of training.

Applications will be considered by the DWG Management Committee at our next general meeting.  

Maintaining the standard of our trainers and the training they are delivering is important to us. We monitor the standards of training materials and delivery through surveyed responses of trainees and clients to relevant questions. To complete your survey, please go to the ‘Feedback’ section on this page.
We also encourage our trainers to attend at least one professional development activity each year, such as the annual Dieback Information Group (DIG) Conference.

DWG Green Card Training cross-recognition
While the DWG Green Card Training Program currently being delivered is based on a training program delivered within the Department of Parks and Wildlife and still delivered today, we are still in the process of securing recognition from the Department for our training program. The DWG currently recognises the training being delivered by the Department’s Ecosystem Health Branch.

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 Department of Parks and Wildlife, Phytophthora 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. If you have any queries about the content presented in our training program or would like further information on a particular aspect of the training program, please contact us with the request This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..