These standards must be used for delivering introductory training for possum and glider rehabilitation. They describe the skills and knowledge that such training must include to ensure volunteers meet the requirements of the NSW Code of Practice for Injured, Sick and Orphaned Possums and Gliders (the Possum and Glider Code). Any person with an authority to rescue, rehabilitate and release possums and gliders in New South Wales must be trained to these standards and be assessed as competent.
These training standards have been ordered into three suggested core areas of training. Training programs can be structured in their entirety to replicate the standards, broken down to cover individual or multiple standards, or based on certain roles within possum and glider rehabilitation. Irrespective of the structure used, all training must include the standards relevant to a role and must cover the duties this role would be expected to perform upon completion.
All training must be compliant with the Possum and Glider Code. It must have a written assessment component, be competency-based, and be accompanied by ongoing in-field support from experienced wildlife rehabilitators.