A comprehensive training program equips expeditioners with the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe, do their job well, contribute to the Program and maintain the safety and wellbeing of others while protecting the environment.

The AAD’s training program is tailored to meet the needs of the Division, individuals, trade and professional groups and station communities. The training requirements for each expeditioner will vary according to their position, station and previous experience.

All expeditioners will undertake the following training:

Transport to training

A chartered bus is available to transport expeditioners from their Hobart accommodation to the AAD Head Office in Kingston for training. If training takes place at another location, a hire car may be arranged by the Expeditioner Training Unit. Advice on these arrangements is provided by email. If you choose to use your own vehicle to travel, you will not be eligible to claim the costs of travel or parking.

Transport briefings

All expeditioners who are travelling to Antarctica by ship must attend a voyage briefing. This will be held on or before the day of sailing. Non-attendance will exclude you from embarkation. The lifeboat familiarisation component of this briefing is an Australian Maritime Safety Authority requirement.

All expeditioners who are travelling to Antarctica by air must complete an online Flight Briefing course and attend a flight information session.

Online courses

Expeditioners are required to complete online courses prior to departure. You will be advised by email of the online courses you need to complete in Expeditioner Learning.  This will be sent 28 days prior to your scheduled departure date.

First Aid Certificate

It is mandatory for all expeditioners to hold a current First Aid Certificate including HLTAID011 (Provide First Aid 3 year validity) and HLTAID009 (Provide CPR 1 year validity). The certificates must remain current for the duration of deployment on station. Note that the CPR competency will need to be updated in years 2 and 3 of the First Aid Certificate validity period.