Biosecurity training for quarantine officers
Several self-contained courses in biosecurity are offered around the Pacific as well as bachelor’s degrees, graduate diplomas and postgraduate degrees.
The Plant Biosecurity programme
The postgraduate programme is a joint offering by Charles Darwin, La Trobe, and Murdoch universities together with the University of Queensland and University of Adelaide. Course include Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters in Plant Biosecurity. The programme covers diseases, invertebrate and weed pests of plants their detection and diagnosis and the appropriate biosecurity practices and responses. It also examines the ecology of biosecurity, risk assessment, community engagement and legislation.
SPC runs courses in Biosecurity in conjunction with the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
The Hawai'i Ant Lab offers practical clinics in managing little fire ants.
Providers that are accredited by MPI New Zealand are indicated with *.
The Agri-Chain Centre is a well-established New Zealand provider of Biosecurity Training Programmes, offering a wide range of Biosecurity Compliance solutions for New Zealand businesses.
The Centre offers both MPI Approved Transitional Facility Operator (TFO) and Accredited Person (AP) training workshops.
Asure Quality offers accredited person training and certification. Accredited Persons are responsible for checking and managing contamination of incoming sea containers at registered transitional facilities.
Auckland University offers a postgraduate diploma of Science in Biosecurity and Conservation - PGDipSci (Biosecurity) course which comprises training in the ecology and science behind current biosecurity and conservation issues. Students participate in real-life research and management scenarios, and gain the skills to contribute to the fields of biosecurity and conservation.
Biosecurity Training South (BTS)*
Biosecurity Training South offers accredited person and facility operator courses, which outline the importance of biosecurity, container pathways and interventions, necessary documentation and legislation and their enforcement.
Independent Verification Services (IVS)*
Independent Verification Services accredited persons (APs) are responsible for checking and managing contamination risks associated with imported sea containers and keeping the country free from unwanted pests and diseases. All transitional facilities for sea containers should have access to one or more APs. Having APs helps businesses avoid delays or extra charges when clearing goods.
Massey University offer an advanced paper that teaches practical biosecurity skills. Students learn quantitative risk assessments and design surveillance systems. The course examines case studies from the plant, animal, and aquatic health sectors and explores the control of invasive species. The course also teaches methods to weight the economic costs of various control options against the benefits associated with them.
New Zealand Biosecurity Institute
The New Zealand Biosecurity Institute runs NETS, an annual education and training seminar held by the New Zealand Biosecurity Institute. Workshops and presentations on a variety of invasive species management topics.
Pacific Biosecurity offers training in using the resources in the PIAT for biosecurity and management of invasive ants. Powerpoint presentations are available for earlier workshops in Kiribati, Tokelau and Samoa on the following topics:
While these PowerPoints are tailored for environment officers in Tokelau and Kiribati, they may be easily adapted for local use.
Pacific Invasives Initiative (PII)
PII provide inter-island biosecurity training and have produced the following presentations in previous workshops:
- invasive ants: an introduction for biosecurity (Pacific Biosecurity)
- introduction to surveillance
- incursion response
University of Canterbury
University of Canterbury offer a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in biosecurity, which explores the exclusion, eradication and effective management of threats to the economy, environment and human health posed by pests and diseases. The course also focuses on effective risk assessment and risk management, which allow emerging risks to be identified and mitigated before they can harm the ecosystem, economy and health.