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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:

  • 20th and 21st June 2017 (Kyneton)
  • 29th and 30th July 2017 (Kyneton)
  • 12th and 13th September 2017 (Kyneton)
  • 7th and 8th October 2017 (Townsville) - Tentative depending on interest
  • 11th and 12th November 2017 (Kyneton)
  • 12th and 13th December 2017 (Kyneton)

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 email us for a booking form.

Darwin Course Dates:

Snakehandler is proud to work with The Ark Veterinary Hospital in Yarrawonga to present our Venomous Snake Handling Course in October, this is a nice opportunity for those in the top end, with a very successful course in November 2014. Due to travel requirements etc the cost of this course is $600 per person, this includes food and drinks both days. We are yet to set dates for this course, should you wish to attend a course in Darwin please express your interest so we can sort out dates for Early September.

Industry Courses

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.