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Education for Professionals

Explores educational opportunities for invasive species management professionals. Provides information for on-site workshops, seminars, and continuing education units (CEUs). Also includes resources for online training, videos and webinars for professionals and land managers (organized alphabetically by type of organization).

Also see our Conferences and Events for future and previous events related to invasive species. And, see our Outreach Tools for resources created to assist professionals in increasing awareness of invasive species issues.


  • IPM3 -- Integrated Pest Management Education
    University of Minnesota. College of Continuing Education.
    IPM3 is a consortium of federal agencies and land-grant institutions dedicated to the efficient and timely delivery of practical integrated pest information to individuals responsible for developing and implementing Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM3 provides a Web-based, distance delivery opportunity for people interested in IPM to become proficient in the principles and application of IPM. Increasing the quality and consistency of IPM training among Federal agencies and their adoption of an IPM approach for invasive species management will certainly help minimize harm to the environment, to human health, and to wildlife.

Federal Government

Adapting to Climate Change: A Short Course for Land Managers
USDA. FS. Climate Change Resource Center.
Information in this short course summarizes science for natural resource managers and decision-makers regarding climate variability, change, climate projections, and ecological and management responses to climate variability, primarily in the western U.S. The information and talks included were produced from a July 2008 workshop that brought together key U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey scientists, and a select group of pioneering resource managers who served as reviewers and discussants.

Continuing Education for Natural Resources Professionals
USDA. Forest Service.
The program is split into two levels - Technical Leadership and Program Leadership. Technical Leadership workshops emphasize fisheries, wildlife and botany and include "Workshops on Demand". Program Leadership workshops are applicable to all natural resource professionals, addressing the topics of policy, leadership, communications, values, economics, program management, budget, and personnel. A Calendar of Workshops is available for quick assessment - grouped by topic, then by date.

International Seminars and Workshops
USDA. FS. International Programs.
The seminars stimulate deliberations and problem solving for issues related to unique areas of natural resource management.

National Conservation Training Center - Training Programs
DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.
See also: Online Training for a variety of online, interactive, or collaborative courses, references and resources.

State Government

Emerald Ash Borer Community Preparedness Presentations
Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
In Jun 2010, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, University of Minnesota and the City of St. Paul presented workshops throughout Minnesota to provide information to communities preparing for the arrival of the Emerald ash borer.

King County (Washington) Noxious Weed Control Program - Class Schedule
King County Department of Natural Resources (Washington). Water and Land Resources Division.


AIS-HACCP: Aquatic Invasive Species - Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point
Minnesota Sea Grant; Sea Grant Great Lakes Network.
AIS-HACCP is a self-inspection system for reducing the risk of spreading aquatic invasive species through aquaculture, hatchery, scientific, natural resource, and baitfish harvesting activities. This adaptable way to protect waterways from unwanted species was derived from HACCP methods required for the seafood industry and builds on Sea Grant’s success in assisting industry compliance. Sea Grant's collaborative AIS HACCP training workshops have resulted in more than 200 AIS-HACCP plans.

An International Short Course in Agroecology, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Sustainable Agriculture
Michigan State University. World Technology Access Program.
Michigan State University (MSU) is recognized as a center of excellence in international agricultural development and training. A multidisciplinary faculty will organize a two-week course focusing on the principles of agroecology, integrated pest management (IPM) and sustainable agriculture. The course will provide meaningful exposure to topics related to appropriate technology. The course will also address the social and equity issues in agriculture. Participants will receive background information and publications on these subjects.

Aquatic Weed Control Short Course
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
The Short Course features leading experts in Aquatic and Upland vegetation management, and is designed to benefit those new to the industry and experienced professionals seeking a comprehensive update.

Clean Boats, Clean Waters Watercraft Inspection
University of Wisconsin. Extension Lakes Program. Clean Boats, Clean Waters Program.
The program offers a series of training workshops across the state each spring and summer. These workshops provide an opportunity to learn how and why educational awareness is so important in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. See Clean Boats, Clean Waters Training Schedule.

Events and Workshops
University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources. Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program.
UC IPM provides opportunities for additional learning in the form of presentations, conferences, workshops and hands-on training. Additional educational materials, including videos, DVDs, books, and leaflets, are available in the Publications section. See Online training for online interactive learning opportunities.

Introduced Reptile Early Detection and Documentation (REDDy)
University of Florida. IFAS. Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation.
REDDy is a free, online course that will teach participants how to recognize and report large, invasive reptiles.

IPM3 -- Integrated Pest Management Education
University of Minnesota. College of Continuing Education.
IPM3 is a consortium of federal agencies and land-grant institutions dedicated to the efficient and timely delivery of practical integrated pest information to individuals responsible for developing and implementing Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM3 provides a Web-based, distance delivery opportunity for people interested in IPM to become proficient in the principles and application of IPM. Increasing the quality and consistency of IPM training among Federal agencies and their adoption of an IPM approach for invasive species management will certainly help minimize harm to the environment, to human health, and to wildlife.

Invasive Plant Inventory and Survey Methods for Land Managers: A Web Seminar Series
Montana State University. Center for Invasive Species Management.
In early 2010, six live web seminars on invasive plant inventory and survey methods were offered by the Center for Invasive Plant Management and the Western Integrated Pest Management Center. This seminar series was based on chapters from the publication Inventory and Survey Methods for Nonindigenous Plant Species - Table of Contents (PDF | 392 KB) (L.J. Rew and M.L. Pokorny, editors, 2006, Montana State University Extension). Seminars recordings and presentations are available online.

Invasive Species Management Technology
Southeastern Community College. (North Carolina).
Invasive Species Management Technology is a concentration under the curriculum title of Environmental Science Technology. This curriculum prepares individuals for employment related to invasive species management in various agencies. Emphasis is placed on prevention, regulation, detection, eradication, and long-term control.

Natural Areas Training Academy
University of Florida; Nature Conservancy.
The Natural Areas Training Academy brings together regional land management experts from numerous agencies and organizations as well as extension specialists and agents to provide training and share experiences with newer land managers. The Academy is managed by The University of Florida's Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. The Certificate in Natural Areas Management is awarded upon completion of a series of five workshops covering the most important topics identified by land management experts, and is conferred by the Natural Areas Training Academy.

North American Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Short Course (NAIPSC)
University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
The NAIPSC Online Community houses information about the NAIPSC Field Course, instructors, resources, and future opportunities to increase your knowledge of invasive plants.

Pesticide Information Office
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
The University of Florida's Pesticide Information and Education Program provides information, educational programs, and materials to: 1) Persons who use pesticides as a part of their livelihood; 2) Consumers with questions about use and impact of pesticides in their daily lives; 3) Faculty and students; 4) Decision makers, such as local, state, and federal government regulators and legislators. Includes Licensing & Certification, Online CEU Modules, Laws, Regulations & Policy, and other related information.

Pesticide Risk Reduction Education Short Courses
University of Hawai'i - Mānoa. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.
In-depth two-day short course is about handling pesticides (including herbicides) in ways that will reduce risks to people and our environment. The short course is offered to help those who are preparing to take the Hawaii Department of Agriculture's exam for certification to buy, use, or supervise the use of restricted use pesticides in Hawaii. Study packet, 400+ pages, in print form may be ordered without registering for the short course.

TAME Invasive CEU Courses
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. TAME Invasives Portal.

Weed Research & Information Center - Events
University of California. Cooperative Extension & Agricultural Experiment Station.
See also: Online Education Programs

  • The Aquatic Weed School (scheduled during the Fall of even-numbered years) is an intensive two-day course focusing on issues associated with developing weed management strategies in a variety of aquatic ecosystems.
  • The Weed Science School is an intensive 2-1/2 day course focusing on the mode and mechanism of herbicide activity in plants and the fate of herbicides in the environment. The school is designed for those involved in consulting, research, development, or sales of agricultural chemicals in either the private or public sector and provides a rare opportunity for professionals to efficiently update their understanding of weed science and the action of herbicides in the plant and the environment. Emphasis is on herbicides registered for use in California and important weeds within the state. Weed science professionals will appreciate the latest research provided by some of the most respected weed scientists in the world.
  • The annual Weed Day event provides an opportunity for pest control advisors, farm advisors, chemical company cooperators, college faculty and students, and regulatory officials to learn about current weed science research at UC Davis.


California Native Plant Society (CNPS) and Professional Training
California Native Plant Society.
The Plant Science Training Program specializes in providing workshops for professional botanists, biologists, and ecologists to teach the skills and provide the tools and resources for conducting sound scientific surveys for rare plants, rare plant communities, vegetation, and wetlands.

Certified Manager of Invasive Plants (CMIP)
North American Invasive Species Management Association.
A North American Certification Program For Managers of Invasive Plants is a certification program sponsored by North American Management Association. North American certification is a voluntary program that provides recognition of professional and technical competency. Others may chose to make it a job related requirement for employment, promotion, training, etc.

Emerald Ash Borer University
Emerald Ash Borer Information Network.
Free webinars organized by various topics available on demand.

First Detector Training for the Master Gardener
The National Plant Diagnostic Network Training and Education Committee provides an easily accessible source of information, presentation materials, and images related to the detection of exotic or newly introduced plant pests.

Forestry and Natural Resources Webinars
Southern Regional Extension Forestry. Forestry and Natural Resources Webinar Portal.
Nonnative plants continue to invade and spread through forests in the South. These infestations increasingly erode forest productivity, hinder forest use and management activities, and degrade diversity, habitat, and our recreational experiences. Managers and landowners need to recognize and be able to identify these threats. Archived webinars are available to view at any time.

Hazard Analysis-Critical Control Point (HACCP) - Managing Natural Resource Pathways
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Planning for Natural Resource Management.
HACCP Planning is an international standard (ASTM E2590 - 09) for reducing or eliminating the spread of unwanted species during specific processes or practices or in materials or products. Provides HACCP Plans, Tools, Documents, and Training / Workshops (not offered since 2011).

Herbicide Resistant Weeds Training Modules
Weed Science Society of America.
WSSA offers a free training program designed to educate pesticide applicators, growers, agrichemical retailers, farm consultants and other stakeholders on herbicide resistance in weeds – a costly problem that threatens crop production across the U.S. and around the globe. The training is a peer reviewed (available also in Spanish), five-module program available as Web-based training, PowerPoint slides or video. WSSA plans to work with grower organizations, government agencies and others to disseminate the materials, with a special emphasis on reaching growers and agrichemical retailers.
See also: Weed Science Society of America Launches Free Training Program on the Causes and Management of Herbicide Resistance in Weeds (Sep 27, 2011)

IPC (Invasive Plant Control) Web Solutions - Outreach
IPC Web Solutions; University of Georgia, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
A public/private partnership to develop advanced web-based tools to assist in management of invasive plants. Series of videos to assist in the management of invasive species.

National Plant Diagnostic Network First Detector On-line Training Modules
National Plant Diagnostic Network.
The First Detector Training course is designed for county extension agents, crop consultants, specialists, growers, Master Gardeners, and anyone who works in the field with tree, plant and food crop production. In addition, you can also access e-learning modules for Protect U.S., the community invasive species network, and the Sentinel Plant Network. Requires a free account to access.

Organic Land Care Accreditation
Northeast Organic Farming Association Organic Land Care.
Growing public awareness of pesticide use hazards and new legislation mandating least toxic and non-toxic alternatives are fueling a new market opportunity for professionals with knowledge of organic land care. This 30-hour course for professionals will provide the education needed for an understanding of organic land care design and maintenance.

Plant Biosecurity Management Course
Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN).
Resources to Engage Agricultural Producers in U.S. Biosecurity Efforts. Designed for Extension advisors, agents, and specialists who understand the urgency of plant protection and will have the opportunity to teach plant biosecurity management to those involved in the U.S. agricultural sector.

<ScienceFilm Training Workshops - Introduction to Science Filmmaking
Offering immersion workshop to participants to communicate scientific findings, natural history information, or conservation messages by creating compelling, professional-quality videos. Workshop are attending for academic scientists at any level and professional biologists. Interested individuals from the general public will be also be considered.

Stream Restoration Program - River Courses
North Carolina State University.
The NC State University Stream Restoration Program offers a series of River Course professional development workshops to serve the needs of environmental professionals, including engineers, ecologists, biologists, hydrologists, geomorphologists, landscape architects, planners and natural resource program managers.

The Stewardship Network - Online Training
The Stewardship Network.
The Stewardship Network connects, equips and mobilizes people and organizations to care for land and water in their communities.. The Stewardship Network presents monthly webcasts covering a variety of conservation and land management topics (including invasive species) on the second Wednesday of each month.

Training: Species Identification
Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.
The invasive species education modules will help you become more comfortable with identifying these species in the field. Each module includes a short ten question quiz at the end to help you assess your newly acquired knowledge.

Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Training - Level 1 Inspector Training
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. Aquatic Invasive Species.
There are two levels of Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination training. Level I Training is directed at state, federal and local natural resource and boating agency personnel, water users of all types, law makers, policy makers, and border/lake inspection personnel, marina operators and commercial boat transport operators. Inspector and Decontamination Training is designed for those individuals who are currently or will soon become active in setting-up or implementing watercraft inspection and decontamination programs for their respective agencies, organizations or businesses. For schedule, see Upcoming Classes. Also see related videos.

Weed Workshop Material: Preventing the Introduction & Spread of Invasive Species and Yellow Starthistle
University of California Cooperative Extension. Central Sierra.
Includes presentations, publications and handouts, and workshop videos.

Wide-Area Monitoring Webinars
Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center.
Two free webinars on regional monitoring of pests and weather from the Wide-Area Monitoring and Forecasting Meeting (Mar 1, 2011 in Simsbury, Connecticut).

Wildland Invasive Weed Field Courses
California Invasive Plant Council.
Field courses provide expert instruction on core topics for wildland weed management. Courses are designed for professional land managers and restoration volunteers — newcomers and old-timers, professionals and committed volunteers alike.

Also provides information to become a Cal-IPC Training Wildland Manager, for Habitat Restoration Workdays, and in response to training needs of the natural resource management community, Cal-IPC produces training videos on a number of topics.

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