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Venomous Snake Handling

Handling venomous snakes is a highly dangerous concept from the beginning. This 2 day course is designed to help people who wish to learn how to catch and relocate reptiles. There are a number of single day courses out there, with only half the time spent with you that we do. Why take an extra day, simple really.....

At Snakehandler we train you to work in every State and Territory in Australia, with the most comprehensive list of handling techniques taught by any company. Safety is our number one priority, our aim is to produce highly effective and well trained personnel that can handle any give situation. Working with two highly experienced and professional snake catchers we provide some of the best training in Australia.

Snakehandler work in conjunction with our Auspicing body LifeAid to provide this course. Lifeaid is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 21037), providing the certification of all successful participants.

It is important to note, that we are one of the very few companies running such courses to have Animal Ethics Committee Approvals and Scientific Research and Teaching Permits in all States that require it, this includes NSW, NT and QLD! (QLD AEC 2016/11/1021, QLD DPI Permit 515, NSW DPI Permit TRIM13/2162#2, NT Animal Welfare Authority permit #066)

22262VIC: Course in Reptile and Venomous Snake Control

The following units will be covered in this course:

  • Provide Information on Behaviour of Reptiles in Human Habitats
  • Conform to Legislative and WHS Requirements in Snake Catching
  • Provide Initial First Aid for Snake Bite
  • Identify Snakes
  • Handle Reptiles

This is the only course in Reptile and Venomous Snake Control Australia that is Recognised and Accredited through the VRQA (Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority) that meets national quality training standards and can be found on the www.training.gov.au website. This course has created the Australian Standard in Training and Handling of Reptiles and as such successful completion provides the ONLY Qualification available in Venomous Snake Handling.

The course and trainers must adhere to 13 nationally recognised education and training standards and must be overseen by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

This is one of the few courses recognized by Wildlife Departments around Australia and the world to train people how to relocate Venomous snakes. In Queensland you are required to either been deemed competent or have two Statutory Declarations of EXPERIENCE, there is no other course in Australia that can issue a statement of attainment.

General Public

Course Cost: $450 per person including light lunch and snacks both days (Victoria only)

This includes a comprehensive training manual and RTO accredited certificate.

The course is also available to industries and government, (see Industry Courses further down this page).

Course fee includes booklet and certificate of competency (statement of attainment).

The next Available Venomous Snake Handling course will be held on:

We are now taking bookings for our second half of 2017 courses and have already booked half the places in the July Course

All participants must be 18 years or older (absolutely no exceptions)

Course Dates:

General public courses are offered to people over 18, currently offered on the dates below. Should you wish to attend a course if you are able to arrange a group of 10 or more and we will travel to you (Travel costs apply).

The following Course Dates are now booked and confirmed for 2017:

  • 12th and 13th September 2017 (Kyneton)
  • 16th and 17th September (Darwin $650 per person - Dependant on interest) - Postponed until 9th and 10th December)
  • 21st and 22nd  October 2017 (Townsville) - ($600 per person Tentative depending on interest)
  • 11th and 12th November 2017 (Moorabbin)
  • 12th and 13th December 2017 (Moorabin)

2018 Dates

  • Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th February (Moorabbin, VIC)
  • Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March (Townsville, QLD, $600 per person)
  • Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 15th March (Moorabbin, VIC)
  • Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April (Moorabbin, VIC)
  • Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd May (Moorabbin, VIC)
  • Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June (Moorabbin, VIC)
  • Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July (Moorabbin, VIC)
  • Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 4th September (Moorabbin, VIC)
  • Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October (Townsville, QLD, $600 per person)
  • Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October (Darwin, NT, $650 per person)
  • Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November (Moorabbin, VIC)
  • Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th December (Moorabbin, VIC)

These dates don't suit....not a problem...with the growing demand on our courses we are now offering midweek courses......we can also run private courses should you wish, with competitive prices for yourself or a small group of interested people.

If you are interested in enrolling for any of the above dates, please click here to book your course of choice.

Basic Handling Courses

Many people are interested in learning the basics before going onto dealing with techniques such as tailing, they look for non-contact methods of handling.  In recognition of this, Snakehandler are offering a new course, we cover all the theory requirements for every state and territory for applying for appropriate permits, we cover all the handling requirements for each state and territory too, however in this course we use non-contact methods only, we will educate you in the use of appropriate tools so remove snakes from all kinds of situations, enabling you to develop confidence and if you desire, to then go on an do the full course.  You will receive a certificate of attendance with details of the full units covered and should you wish to upgrade to the full course you only have to attend day two of our full course within 12 months of completion of the course.  This course will soon have the theory available on line with a single practical day.

The cost of this training is $400 per person, no dates are set yet, however we are taking expressions of interest. Contact us for more details

Advanced Handling Course

A single day course available to those who have completed the course 22262VIC Course in Reptile and Venomous Snake Control.  This course is designed to continue your learning about the handling of snakes in more complex situations.  While we will go over all previous techniques, we then will extend your skills with techniques such as pinning live animals, tubing, handling larger snakes and removal from traps. It is antiquated the course will run for 5hrs.

This course is only available Monday-Thursday in our office and will cost $250 per person. Places are limited to only 5 people.  Contact us for more details

Dates for the Advanced Course:

  • Thursday 14th December 2017 (Moorabbin, VIC)
  • Tuesday 13th February 2018 (Moorabbin, VIC)
  • Tuesday 5th June 2018 (Moorabbin, VIC)
  • Wednesday 22nd August 2018 (Moorabbin, VIC)
  • Wednesday 18th December 2018 (Moorabbin, VIC)

If you are interested in enrolling for any of the above dates, please click here to book your course of choice.

Industry Handling Course

At Snakehandler we provide Industry courses for sites all around Australia (provided permits are obtained by us), the major difference is the location of the course, these courses can be run on site at any location.

This is the only course in Reptile and Venomous Snake Control Australia that is Recognised and Accredited through the VRQA (Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority) that meets national quality training standards and can be found on the www.training.gov.au website. This course has created the Australian Standard in Training and Handling of Reptiles and as such successful completion provides the ONLY Qualification available in Venomous Snake Handling.

The course and trainers must adhere to 13 nationally recognised education and training standards and must be overseen by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

This is one of the few courses recognized by Wildlife Departments around Australia and the world to train people how to relocate Venomous snakes. In Queensland you are required to either been deemed competent or have two Statutory Declarations of EXPERIENCE, there is no other course in Australia that can issue a statement of attainment for Nationally Recognised Training.

This course has also been assessed by 2 Animal Ethics Committees and has been approved for every technique utilized and taught. Sean has a Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment & Training and a Certificate IV in Workplace Health and Safety, he is also an experienced teacher meaning he can teach the complexities of the course in a way which is easy to follow and understand. 

It is important to note, that we are one of the very few companies running such courses to have Animal Ethics Committee Approvals and Scientific Research and Teaching Permits in all States that require it, this includes NSW, NT and QLD!

How to Book

In order to book in for this course, we require payment in full to secure your place as numbers are strictly limited.

To make a payment, you can post a cheque or money order to us, or contact us directly to pay by direct deposit or credit card over the phone.

Once payment has been made, we will post you a confirmation and receipt; please remember to include your contact address and telephone number with your payment if you elect to post it.

Please note: Until payment has been received in full, your place will not be guaranteed.

Please contact us for a booking form, or if you require any further information.

If you would like to see what previous participants have said about our course, check out our Testimonials page.