SAT Training and Accreditation

The Spot Assessment Technique (SAT) and its landscape-scaled big sister (Regularised Grid-based SAT (RG-bSAT) or Grid-SAT sampling) are the preferred field survey techniques recommended for use by the Federal Government's referall guidelines for the vulnerable koala. In recent months  we have also developed a further technique (Rapid-SAT) specifically intended to enable the rapid assessment of large areas of koala habitat in order to determine koala presence/absence, as well as (if required) range measures such as extent of occurrence and area of occupancy.

We offer a one-day training and accreditation program in the application of SAT/RG-bSAT & Rapid-SAT methodologies. The first half of the program is devoted to a formal lecture/presentation intended to inform practitioners on key aspects of koala ecology that underpin the approach, as well as the mathamatical and probabilistic basis behind the technique. Survey design and site sampling protocols are discussed, as are alternative approaches and the relative merits of other koala habitat sampling techniques. The latter part of the day is spent in the field and deals with issues such as site selection,  tree sampling, scat searching and data recording. 

All training programs are run by Steve and/or John, the scientists who developed the original SAT approach. Training courses have already been conducted for a number of consultancy companies, Local and State Government Authorities in New South Wales and Queensland,  Landcare organisations and private sector companies engaged in forestry operations. Procedures leading to industry standard accreditation of the SAT training program have been initiated.

Please contact our office to organise a training and accreditation session.