GEMS Pty Ltd offers a broad range of general and specialised courses, both accredited and non accredited. GEMS Pty Ltd delivers and assesses all accredited training.

Non Accredited Training:

Advanced Environmental Awareness Course (Duration: 2-3 hours)

This short course covers:

  1. Why It Makes Sense To Protect The Environment
    • It’s where we live
    • Our communities / customers demand it
    • It’s government / company policy
    • It impacts on our health
    • It’s just smart business
    • It’s good for local economy
  2. Environmental Law and You – Along with a broad overview of current environmental laws this section also covers the three key legal questions.
    • Can I be charged as an individual for a breach of the environmental laws?
    • Am I only doing this course so my supervisor can be covered if something goes wrong?
    • Can I go to jail as a result of an environmental incident?
  3. Your Work and The Environment – within this section all participants complete a basic desktop audit of their activities. Within that audit, they identify the potential impacts of their work and the controls that need to be put in place to minimise those impacts.
  4. Case Studies – it is important to link the theory to real time practices and incidents. We have a variety of case studies depending on the particular focus of the clients
  5. Where To From Here?

Environmental Impact Assessment (Duration: Half day to full day)

This course provides an overview of the environmental management and legal requirements for effective Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on all projects. On completion of this course, all participants should be able to complete basic EIA documentation.

The course also covers the frameworks for a range of EIA documents including;

  • Statements of Environmental Effects (SEE)
  • Reviews of Environmental Factors (REF)
  • Environmental Impact Statements (EIS)
  • Construction and Environmental Management Plans (CEMP)
  • Operational Environmental Management Plans (OEMP)

Incident Response Planning and Management (Duration: Half day to full day)

This course covers:

  • Safety first
  • Reporting incidents – critical information
  • Organisational response hierarchy
  • Playing your part effectively
  • Being part of the bigger response – your roles and responsibilities
  • The cleanup
  • The paperwork

Accredited Training:

Environmental Awareness (Duration: Full day)

Unit of Competency awarded

  • AHCWRK202 Observe environmental work practices

Module 1 – Minimising Environmental Risk Just Makes Sense

  • It’s where we live
  • Our communities / customers demand it
  • It’s government / company policy
  • It impacts on our health
  • It’s just smart business
  • It’s good for local economy

Module 2 – Project Planning and Approvals – Making Sense of the Environmental Management System

Module 3 – Environmental Science 101

Advanced Environment & Sustainability Awareness (Duration: Two days)

Units of Competency awarded

  • AHCWRK202 Observe environmental work practices
  • BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

This course covers all of the areas in the environmental awareness course described above as well as focusing on some specific environmental issues, including;

  • Threatened and endangered species
  • Erosion and sediment control
  • Noise
  • Waste
  • Acid sulphate soils
  • Working in environmentally sensitive areas
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Air quality
  • Water quality
  • Incident response
  • Onsite audits
  • Sustainable management
  • Environmental Management Systems
  • ISO14001

As outlined in our rules, we customise all of our courses. We develop the content to be covered in the awareness courses in consultation with our clients.

Erosion and Sediment Control (Duration: Full day plus post training on site assessment)

Unit of Competency awarded

  • AHCSAW201 Conduct erosion and sediment control activities

This course covers:

  • Impacts of Erosion and Sedimentation
  • The Benefits of Erosion Control
  • The Laws
  • The Causes
  • Tools and Systems
  • Common Problems
  • Interpreting Erosion and Sediment Control Plans
  • Developing Erosion and Sediment Control Plans

Minimising Environmental Risk in Railway Infrastructure Work (Full day)

Unit of Competency awarded

  • TLIU2008 Apply environmental procedures to rail infrastructure

This course covers:

Module 1 – Why Minimising Environmental Risk Just Makes Sense

Module 2 – How Our Environmental Management System Minimises Environmental Risk

Module 3 – Minimising Onsite Environmental Risk

Module 4 – Managing Sustainably – “The Best Way Forward”

Accredited Training Provided by Our Partners


Asia Pacific Environmental Response (APER) is a specialist organisation with proven oiled wildlife and environmental response experience supported by a national and international network of personnel resources. We have a proven history of supporting oiled wildlife responses, ship grounding incidents, oil and chemical marine spills, introduced marine pest outbreaks, vehicle and train spills, industrial facility spills and industrial fires.

Oiled Wildlife Response (Duration: 3 days – provided by our training partner APER) 

Unit of Competency awarded:

  • AHCFAU301 Respond to Wildlife Emergencies

The Oiled Wildlife Response course enables participants to:

  1. Lead teams of oiled wildlife responders during wildlife emergencies
  2. Provide wildlife rehabilitation care to oil impacted animals

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The Oil Response Company of Australia (ORCA) provide a complete, professional and timely service to their clients covering all aspects of marine pollution response and preparedness in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner to world’s best practice.

Basic Equipment Operator (Duration: 2 days – provided by our training partner ORCA)

Unit of Competency awarded:

  • PUAOIL201 Use basic equipment operations for oil spill response

2 Day Course covering Basic Equipment operations of inshore booms, skimmers, absorbents, and operational techniques. Other areas covered are OH&S requirements as per a Tier 1 size spill

This Course Allows participants to be qualified to become members of the state-based oil response team and is an ideal course for state-based agencies or for marine and petrochemical workers who would be exposed to pollution events for up to 16 participants.

Advanced equipment Operators Course (Duration 5 days – provided by our training partner ORCA)

Unit of Competency awarded:

  • PUAOIL302- Use Advanced Equipment for oil spill response

5 Day course Covering Advanced equipment operations of Offshore or large spill. This course covers offshore equipment usage and maintenance, Marine operations and coordination Site specific deployment plans, logistics involved in dealing with large spills and response strategies relating to a tier 2 or tier 3 size pollution event

This Course allows participants to be a member of the National oil spill response team and is the ideal course for both government and industry based workers who would be called upon to participate in a large scale response for up to 16 participants

Go to the ORCA website for more information:

SEER Associates

SEER Associates was established to provide state-of-the-art Safety, Environmental, and Emergency Response services to industry and Government and to do this in a timely and cost effective manner.

Our professionals have successfully completed projects in support of some of the world’s largest and most challenging oil and gas projects. Our aim is to:

  • Produce work of the highest quality.
  • Develop user friendly products adapted to specific project characteristics, locations, regulatory environments and the client’s operating systems.
  • Involve client personnel in planning to effect buy-in and facilitate start up and operations.
  • Participate in client training programmes.
  • Provide clients with ongoing support and information.

Shoreline Response Course (Duration: 3 days – provided by our training partner SEER Associates)

Units of Competency awarded:

  • PUAOIL301 – Apply health, safety and risk controls when working on oiled shorelines.
  • PUAOIL402 – Apply oiled shoreline assessment strategies in an oil spill response.
  • PUAOIL403 – Lead a team in oiled shoreline clean up

The SEER Shoreline Response Course (SRC) is designed to provide participants with the skills and knowledge required to undertake shoreline response assessment procedures and practices and to plan, manage and undertake a cleanup of oiled shorelines.

The course includes a number of modules encompassing:

  • Shoreline assessment;
    • Pre oil impact.
    • Post oil impact.
  • Shoreline response planning.
  • Cleanup methods.
  • Managing a response.
  • Response termination and post response reporting.

Go to the SEER Associates website for more information:

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