ComPass - ANZCCART Competency Passport

Welcome to ComPass

This free online course covers the Australian Code and NZ Guide and welfare issues relating to animal use in research and teaching.  Successful completion of Phase one of the course and its quiz fulfills the mandated basic training needs of researchers and teachers using animals as well as members of Animal Ethics Committees (AEC) in Australia and NZ (except AEC members in Victoria who are required to complete the Animal Welfare Victoria training).

The aim is to standardize and augment the training offered for animal users in research and teaching throughout Australasia by offering this free online interactive and resource-rich course to all who need this training.

    • Core Mandated Training for AEC Members and Animal Users

      Phase I consists of 7 core modules which cover the legislation, what an AEC is, writing a good application to the AEC, research project planning, the 3Rs, assessing and monitoring well being, adverse events management and euthanasia considerations. Please read the course instructions below prior to enrolling. 

      Course instructions

      • The course link will take you to a landing page, with a fox on it.
      • Click on Enrol to initiate your registration.  Fill in the registration details 
      • An email will be sent quickly to you with access to the course that is hosted by University of Adelaide on its Canvas Catalog learning management system.
      • You will see your name in the top right corner. Click on your name and select Canvas – this will take you to the Canvas Catalog course front page. 
      • Open the Course (click on the text below the fox image) in the Canvas system and you will find the list of Core modules.
      • Each module has to be opened and completed before you can progress to the next module and ultimately to the quiz.
      • The modules also contain a case study and practice questions to prepare for the final quiz.
      • At the end of each module, you will need to press exit (Button in the top right corner of the page).
      • Close the window and then click on the next module.
      • Repeat until you finish the 7 content modules and the quiz.
      • After successfully completing the quiz with a pass mark of 80%, you will automatically generate a certificate proving that you have completed the course for your AEC. 
      • Completion of the course should take about three-four hours.

      Begin Core Training

    • Competency Training and Knowledge Base

      Phase 2 has stand alone modules, each with an individual certificate of completion so you can choose those topics relevant to your needs.  Three modules are available now with more still to come.

      Modules to come soon:

      • Managing a Breeding Colony
      • Behavioural Testing in Rodents
    • Competency Assessment Tools

      Phase 3 will contain checklists for the techniques in Phase 2 and is still being developed.

    • University Veterinarian Resources

      This phase is still in the planning stages.

    We hope that this course proves to be a really useful addition for your training needs for both animal users and AEC members.

    If you have technical issues please email us at  and we will respond as soon as possible.

    David Mason and the ANZCCART Board, Gail Anderson, Chris Wadey and the ComPass team

    ComPass Launch - Webinar Recording, 1 December 2020