Stockperson Training

It is a condition under the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) that all stockpersons accompanying livestock on sea voyages be accredited by LiveCorp.

On-board stockpersons play an important role in caring for livestock. Stockpersons 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 a licensed exporter and is not ordinarily a member of the ship’s crew.

Find out more about the current Shipboard Stockpersons Accreditation Course here or see the FAQs below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who needs to be trained and hold a Stockperson’s accreditation?

It is a condition under the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) that all stockpersons accompanying livestock on sea voyages be accredited by LiveCorp.

What is an accredited stockperson?

On-board stockpersons play an important role in caring for livestock. Stockpersons 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 a licensed exporter and is not ordinarily a member of the ship’s crew.

Who can become an accredited stockperson?

To care for and manage the health and welfare of livestock on board during a voyage the following skills and experiences are essential of a stock person: 

  • General livestock handling experience including: moving stock through races and yards, pen movements, drafting, isolating sick and/or injured animals and record keeping.
  • Cattle and sheep husbandry experience including: inspecting and identifying sick or injured livestock, caring for livestock and the treatment of injuries and illnesses, feeding, watering and ear tagging.
  • The ability to work in a team environment and with minimal supervision.
  • Good communication skills.
 
When are training courses held?

Two training courses are held each year. The dates of the courses change each year depending on availability of trainers and demand for the course.  Each course is 4 days in length and includes practical and written assessments.

Where are the training courses held?

The courses are currently held in Fremantle, Western Australia to allow practical animal handling training and assessment for both sheep and cattle.

How can I apply to attend the course?

You can be recommended by a licensed exporter or apply directly to LiveCorp by completing and returning an enrolment form together with a cover letter outlining your stock handling and animal husbandry experience, a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV) and a referee’s report.

A prerequisite for acceptance into the training program, including attending the training course is: experience of stock handling and animal husbandry and a supportive referee’s report.

The enrolment form together with relevant documentation can be submitted online through the LiveCorp website here or physical documentation can be sent to:

LiveCorp
PO Box 1174
North Sydney NSW 2059
Email: livecorp@livecorp.com.au

How much are the course fees?

The course fees include tuition, training materials, morning and afternoon tea, lunches, certificate of attendance / certification and transport to animal handling facilities.  Fees and charges are reviewed periodically and are advertised prior to the course.  LiveCorp members are offered a discounted rate.

How can I pay for the course?

Payment information is outlined on the course enrolment form.  Payment can be made by EFT, credit card or cheque.

How long is the course?

The program is 4 days in duration.

What does the course involve?

The course includes classroom tutorials and training together with practical animal handling training and assessment at nearby cattle and sheep feedlots.  There are informal training sessions in the evening and opportunities to ask questions of the experienced trainers and stockpersons throughout the course.  There may also be an opportunity to visit a ship in port (depending upon sailing schedules of vessels at the time of the course).

What do I need to bring to the course?

You will need to bring neat clothing that is suitable for the lecture room theory sessions as well as clothing appropriate for the practical sessions at the feedlot that include enclosed shoes / boots and protective clothing suitable for working outdoors with cattle and sheep.  Be prepared for hot and/or possibly cold, wet, windy conditions.  Bring wet weather gear if there is a chance it may be required.

You will also need to bring a calculator, pens, notebooks and a usb memory stick (flash drive).

Can I obtain stockperson’s accreditation if I cannot attend a course?

No, the course involves both written and practical assessment and as a result to obtain provisional certification you must attend a course.

What if I fail the course?

The practical and written assessment within the course examines a student’s skills and competency to potentially work as an on board stockperson.  If a student is unable to meet the assessment requirements it may be possible to undertake a different exam and/or have their livestock handling skills assessed at a later date following further training and experience. Support is available to assist with the written examination if needed. Participants who fail the course may be able to re-sit the examination at an additional cost.

How long does it take to receive my Stockperson’s Accreditation certificate / card?

Following the course you will be required to complete a survey and provisional certification will be issued after completion of the survey.

When an individual has met the accreditation requirements including submission of the necessary documentation to LiveCorp an accreditation card will be issued.

I have lost my Stockperson’s accreditation certificate / card, how do I get a replacement?

Contact LiveCorp who will approve a replacement card for a processing fee of $20.

Do I get a job at the end of the course?

LiveCorp provide and manage the training services and accreditation program for stockpersons, however, all stockpersons are employed by licensed Australian exporters. Therefore, LiveCorp cannot guarantee a job at the completion of the course and recommend that people seeking employment as a stockperson contact exporters directly to discuss employment opportunities. Consent forms are given to stockpersons to sign during the course which makes their details available to exporters via the protected members section of the LiveCorp website. Exporters are then able to contact individuals if they require a stockperson.

 
 
 
 


 

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