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.

Attention All ComPass Phase 1 Core Module Users:

On July 7, 2021, the currently available Core modules were updated to add new NZ-relevant links and content as well as updating some of the broken Australian web links. This will mean that unfortunately you have now lost access to any unfinished work that you had already started in original Core Modules 1-7 prior to the update. Access to your certificate link for the completed Core Module 8 (quiz) should remain. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

The stand-alone techniques modules in Phase 2 are not changed and access to partially-completed modules of Phase 2 remains intact. This notice applies only to the Core Modules 1-8.

Thank you for using ComPass. Here’s hoping that the NZ users are better served by these changes. Hearty thanks go to Dr Jodi Salinsky, AWO, University of Auckland, for her help in these NZ-focused upgrades!

  • Phase 1: 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.
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  • Phase 2: Competency Training and Knowledge Base

  • Phase 3: ComPass Technical Skills Training Guides and Resources

    Phase 3 includes two modules designed to help with the technical skills training and competency assessment of those using animals for research. The modules include examples of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), suggestions for skills training stations for use in a technical skills training laboratory as well as checklists to act as guides for assessment of the competency of trainees. These materials are designed as guidelines and resources for trainers as well as trainees to give them an idea of the expectations of what competency in these various skills looks like.

    In keeping with the 3Rs, the development of some basic skills stations to help with technical skills training is encouraged. Ideas for models and the stations themselves are included in these modules. The actual stations used at the University of Adelaide for training are shared in the narrated talk in this section as well as how these materials are used in the stepwise training and assessment of technical skills. 

    The first module entitled “Training Materials for Minimally Invasive Procedures in Research Animals” includes the resources that may help with handling, the various injection methods and oral medication administration in rodents as well as some ideas for training in the handling of larger animals.

    The second module (available soon) is called “Training Materials - Performing Aseptic Technique, Surgical Skills, Suturing and Euthanasia Methods”. There are lots of models for surgery preparation and performance, to upskill those without a medical or veterinary background, as well as some dexterity training tools. Again, there are SOPs and assessment templates here as examples.

    Please use these materials “as is”, or for ideas with your own modifications or in whatever way your institution sees fit. They are made freely available to use in the hope of encouraging more consistent competency training and assessment and the reduction of animals used in training. 

    Below is a narrated PowerPoint illustrating how the Stations of the Skills Lab at the University of Adelaide are constructed and used.  Please feel free to use these "as is" or in a modified form.

  • Phase 4: University Veterinarian Resources

    Phase 4 is still in the development stage.

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

ComPass Update - Webinar Recording, 9 November 2021