Level I Inspector Training

 

Student Training Curriculum for Watercraft Inspectors and Decontaminators to Prevent and Contain the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species in the U.S.A.

 

Definitions

  • Inspector – An individual certified to perform watercraft inspections for AIS.
  • Decontaminator – An individual certified to perform decontaminations for AIS.
    • Must have inspector certification first.
  • Trainer – An individual that is certified to train others to perform watercraft inspections and decontaminations for AIS. 
    • Must be certified in inspection and decontamination first.

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. This training gives a thorough overview of the species and problems caused, and includes information on outreach and education programs, basic mussel biology, distribution, transport vectors, mussel impacts and focuses on how to inspect for and decontaminate traileredl1-training100_0187-ewatercraft suspected of having zebra or quagga mussels on-board. It includes 4-5 hours on national prevention programs, current issues, lessons learned from existing watercraft inspection programs, a question and answer session and a hands-on watercraft inspection exercise.

Inspectors must complete a minimum of 8 hours of training, where they participate in practical inspections. All students must receive a passing score of 80% or better on the final written exam to pass the class. The training must include the five standard modules or chapters/slideshows:

1)      Introduction and Western State AIS Programs

2)      Biology (zebra and quagga mussels and other AIS)

3)      Watercraft 101

4)      Inspection Procedure

5)      Overview of Decontamination, including triggers for decontamination.

WIT Forms For Level One Training (Course Evaluation Form, Written Exam, Watercraft Inspection Exercise)

WIT PowerPoint for Level One Training (Powerpoint) (.pdf)


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To receive inspector certification (level 1) students must attend the certification course which is two days.  Some trainers may choose to offer an inspection certification in a one day course.  Inspectors must complete a minimum of 8 hours of class, where they participate in at least three hours performing practical inspections.  All students must receive a passing score of 80% or better to pass the class.  The training must include the five standard modules or chapters/slideshows:

1)     Introduction and Western State AIS Programs

2)     Biology (zebra and quagga mussels and other AIS)

3)     Watercraft 101

4)     Inspection Procedure

5)     Overview of Decontamination, including triggers for decontamination


Agenda

9:00am   Welcome!  
9:05am–9:15am   OUTSIDE - Entrance Boat Inspection Demonstration
9:15am–9:30am What Did You Observe?
9:30am–10:00am   ZQM Biology
10:00am–10:30am   Watercraft 101
10:30am–10:45am OUTSIDE – Boat Anatomy
10:45am–11:00am BREAK
11:00am–11:20am  OUTSIDE – How Many Mussels Can You Find?
11:20am–12:30pm POWERPOINT - Inspection Protocol
12:30pm–1:30pm  LUNCH
1:30pm–2:30pm  OUTSIDE – Hands-On Inspection Practice with Scenarios - Group of Three – Boater, Inspector, Observer with QC form
2:30pm–2:45pm   OUTSIDE – Exit Inspection Demonstration
2:45pm–3:15pm POWERPOINT - Decontamination Overview
3:15pm–3:45pm   Questions and Answers
3:45pm–4:30pm Inspector Course Completion – Test Out Now
4:30pm–4:45 pm  Grade Exams & Review Answers
4:45pm–5:00pm    Questions and Answers
5:00pm Adjourn