Shipboard Stockperson Training

Short-Term Shipboard Stockperson Accreditation

Owing to the current situation with COVID-19, LiveCorp has introduced an alternative pathway for accreditation of shipboard stockpersons.

Under the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL), a stockperson accredited by LiveCorp must accompany each consignment of exported livestock. However, given current travel restrictions, exporters are experiencing a short supply of accredited stockpersons to fill voyages. 

The short-term accreditation process will help to ensure continuity of trade and maintain high standards of animal welfare on the vessels.

Prior experience in caring for livestock is essential. Applicants will have to pass an exam and be endorsed by an exporter as having appropriate skills, such as:

  • A commitment to good animal welfare outcomes
  • Low stress livestock handling experience
  • Experience with the care and management of livestock, preferably on livestock export voyages
  • Experience and knowledge of livestock health treatment administration and euthanasia
  • Leadership /people management skills
  • Good English literacy skills to complete reporting requirements.

For more details and a copy of the application form, email [email protected]

Shipboard Stockperson Training Course Information

It is a condition under the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) that all Australian livestock export voyages by sea be accompanied by LiveCorp accredited stockperson(s).

Shipboard accredited stockpersons play an important role in caring for livestock and are responsible for the management of the health, welfare and physical needs of Australian livestock exported by sea during loading, voyage and discharge.  An accredited stockperson is employed or contracted by an Australian licensed exporter and is not ordinarily a member of the ship’s crew.

The LiveCorp shipboard stockpersons’ training course is part of the accreditation program for people responsible for the care of livestock exported by sea. The program aims to produce provisionally accredited stockpersons to service the livestock export industry in accordance with the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL). The training course covers all aspects of shipboard care and management of livestock with an emphasis on sheep and cattle.

Topics include:

  • Adapting to life and work on-board
  • Animal handling, restraint and treatment
  • Detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of shipboard diseases
  • Feed, water and deck management
  • Euthanasia
  • How to stay safe
  • Crisis management
The next course will be held on Tuesday 29 September - Friday 2 October 2020 in Fremantle, Western Australia, pending COVID-19 travel restrictions. View the course flyer here.

You can reserve your place on the course by filling out the enrolment form


For more information read our Frequently Asked Questions

Course structure

This is an intensive course for up to 22 participants, over four days.

The course combines theory sessions in the class room with practical sessions at export facilities on animal handling, restraint and treatment. 

Evening sessions will be held on days 2 and 3 where the trainers will present slides and DVDs of on board activities, export destinations and answer questions.


Byron O'Keefe  – Animal handler
Blythe Calnan – Livestock handling and welfare consultant
Richard Leitch - Head stockman – Q&A
Renee Willis – Veterinarian

Qualification pathways

Participants who satisfy the assessment requirements of the course (level of participation, satisfactory assessment of livestock handling skills and a written exam) will be awarded a certificate of provisional accreditation. Full accreditation is awarded after the completion of two voyages where competency is assessed.

Course costs

LiveCorp Members: $2,200 (incl. GST)
Non-Members:        $3,200 (incl.GST)
Course fees include: tuition, training manuals, morning and afternoon tea, lunches, certificates and transport to the animal handling facilities.

Full payment is required to secure a place within the course.
NB: Accommodation, travel and other meals are not included in the course fees.

Course Venue

Tradewinds Hotel
59 Canning Highway, East Fremantle, Western Australia

How to apply

Places within the courses are limited, to secure a place a completed application form together with full payment must be submitted to LiveCorp. To ensure you are notified when dates for the next course are set, email an expression of interest to [email protected]  

While accommodation is not included in the course fees, a discounted accommodation rate is usually negotiated with the venue, the Tradewinds Hotel in Fremantle, Western Australia. The Tradewinds Hotel phone number is: (08) 9339 8188.
Further information

For further information, read the Frequently Asked Questions or please contact:
Tel: (02) 9929 6755
Email: [email protected]

The Australian Livestock Export Industry

LiveCorp works closely with industry stakeholders to continuously improve performance in animal health and welfare, supply chain efficiency and market access through the provision of technical services and research, development and extension (RD&E).
Australian livestock can only be exported by a licensed Australian exporter and cannot be exported to all countries. If you would like to export livestock from Australia you can contact an exporter by submitting a trade enquiry below.

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