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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.

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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.


AIS-HACCP: Aquatic Invasive Species - Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point
University of Minnesota. 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.

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.

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
National Plant Diagnostic Network. Training and Education Committee; University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. BugwoodWiki.
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.

IPC Web Solutions - Outreach
Invasive Plant Control; 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.

First Detector Online Courses
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.

Introduced Reptile Early Detection and Documentation (REDDy)
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences; Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area; DOI. National Park Service; Nature Conservancy.
REDDy is a free, online course that will teach participants how to recognize and report large, invasive reptiles.

Webinar Portal for Forestry and Natural Resources
Southern Regional Extension Forestry.
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.

Plant Biosecurity Management Course (2010 Edition)
Louisiana State University. 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.

Species Training
Michigan State University. 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 Network.
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. Also see related training resources, including videos.

Bugwood Presents
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Bugwood Presents was started by the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health in 2011 to provide an easily accessible archive of high quality presentations for use in educational applications.

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.

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.

Managing Invasive Plants: Concepts, Principles, and Practices
DOI. FWS. National Wildlife Refuge System.
Provides an overview of invasive plant management and planning supported by case studies, quizzes, scientific literature, and web-based resources valuable to natural resource professionals.

Volunteers and Invasive Plants: Learning and Lending a Hand
DOI. FWS. National Wildlife Refuge System.
Includes five learning modules aimed at engaging volunteers and the public in invasive plant issues and management. Explore topics ranging from the invasion process, to management methods, to tips for giving presentations to refuge visitors, and much more.

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.


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.
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.

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.

Stream Restoration Program Training
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.

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.

TAME Invasive CEU Courses
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. 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) Workshops 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.

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.

Stewardship Network Webcasts
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.

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