Level II Inspector and Decontamination Training



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



  • 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.


Training (Inspector and Decontaminator Training)


This two-day, intensive, hands-on training is provided free of charge on a first-come first-served basis. Attendees will be responsible for their own travel expenses. The course 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. The class size is restricted to 10–12 people, and the focus is on actual inspections of various types of watercraft and the use of several decontamination systems. It is certified by 100th Meridian member agencies and successful graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion.

It is recommended that students be trained in both inspection and decontamination in the same two-day course, and do not attend different classes for each.  To be trained in decontamination, students must participate in all decontamination sessions (approximately 5 hours including demonstrate practical knowledge by taking part in practical decontaminations).  All students must receive a passing score of 80% or better on the final written exam to pass the class.  The training must include additional inspection practice, along with standard decontamination modules or chapters/slideshows:

1) Additional inspection practice

2) Triggers for Decontamination

3) Types of Decontamination and Step-By-Step Decontamination Procedures

4)  Working knowledge of boat anatomy, form and function


Inspection and Decontamination trainings are delivered over two days (12–14 hours), mostly at Lake Mead located on the Nevada/Arizona Border near Las Vegas. The training focuses on actual field inspections of various types of watercraft, which may or may not be contaminated with quagga mussels and then day two will entail decontamination procedures according to the Uniform Minimum Protocols and Standards for Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Programs for Dreissenid Mussels in the Western United States (UMPS III).



Dress for the training should be work clothes. There will be some crawling under boats on both dirt and pavement. You will also be operating boat washing equipment on Wednesday that will be using hot (>160° F) and could (surely will) get some splash. A pair of disposable/reusable coveralls will be provided upon request. Footwear should have non-marking outsoles (so you don’t leave marks on the boats while inspecting and decontaminating them) and be able to get wet without being damaged. Flip flops or any open footwear is not advised for Wednesday since there most likely will be very hot water splashing during the decontamination process.

Remember your cameras and sunscreen.

Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination

Certification Training

WID Training Agenda - Day 1 of 2

8:00am Shuttle from Sunset Station Hotel to Lake Mead WSC
8:30am Welcome!
8:45am Introductions - WIT/WID Training and Program Overview - Chapter 1
9:00am AIS Impacts at Hoover, Parker and Davis Dam - Leonard Willet, Environmental Compliance Manager/Quagga Mussel Coordinator, Bureau of Reclamation, Hoover Dam
9:15am Arizona AIS - Kami Silverwood, AIS Specialist/Kate Steighler, AIS Tech - AZGFD
9:30am BREAK
9:45am Quagga and Zebra (QZM) and Other AIS Biology - Chapter 2
10:30am Watercraft 101 - Chapter 3
11:30am OUTSIDE - Boat Anatomy
1:00pm OUTSIDE – Entrance Boat Inspection Demonstration and Discussion
1:15pm Inspection Protocol - Chapter 4
1:45pm BREAK
2:00pm OUTSIDE - Hands-on Inspection Practice (Breakout groups) (~2 hours total) (Groups of 3-5 Boater, Inspector, Observer)
  • Practice Inspections with Scenarios
    • How Many High Risk Watercrafts Can You Find?
    • Seal Application and Removal Procedures
    • Data Collection
4:00pm Review Questions in Chapters 1-4 - Summarize Day 1
5:00pm ADJOURN
Student Homework - Review and complete any unfinished homework

Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination

Certification Training

WID Training Agenda - Day 2 of 2

8:00am Shuttle Van from Sunset Station Hotel to Lake Mead WSC

Decontamination Procedures - Chapter 5

Decontamination Manual Q & A
√ Standing Water Decontamination
√ Interior Compartments
√ Engine Flush - Outboard, I/O, Inboards
√ Ballast Tank Flush
√ Plant Decontamination
√ Bait Treatment: Live Aquatic Bait and Crayfish Regulations
√ Full Decontamination

OUTSIDE - Decontamination Unit Standard Operating Procedures, Winterization, Attachment Application and Safety Equipment

Outdoor - Decontamination Demonstration and Practice - Ben
√ Standing Water Decontamination
√ Interior Compartments
√ Engine Flush - Outboard, I/O, Inboards
√ Hull and Trailer Decontamination

11:30am Decontamination Quiz - Review Chapter 5 Questions
1:15pm Decontamination (Breakout groups) (~2 hours total)
3:15pm Final Exam
3:45pm Review Answers
4:30pm ADJOURN
Based on Skills, Knowledge and Attitude
Certificates will be handed out at completion of training