The training philosophy is based on strategic repetition to help students absorb and retain a tremendous amount of information in a very short period of time. Typically information is presented three times with key points being stressed at each step:
(1) Introduced in a PowerPoint presentation,
(2) Practiced in a hands-on or outdoor exercise, and
(3) Reviewed visually and audibly as a group using flip charts.
The students are able to hear the information, apply the information and then repeat the information back to the instructor. Individuals learn in different ways - the curriculum is intended to address audio, visual and experiential learners for optimal learning. The information in the student books can be used as a reference. This training model has been tested and it works to produce prepared and knowledgeable inspectors on the ramps! However, inspection and decontamination stations must be actively managed. Certified inspectors need practical training regularly from supervisors or crew leaders at WID stations.
The Inspector and Decontaminator certification course has five modules (curriculum chapters with corresponding PowerPoint presentations).
|Training classes begin with a demonstration of an entrance inspection to demonstrate to students what we want them to be able to do after the class is over. The course content training begins with a very broad view and narrows down further throughout the class into greater detail, building on the previous module and tying the concepts together. Second, we teach mussel biology and provide an overview of the other AIS of concern. Third is Watercraft 101 (most new inspectors don’t know boats so this is a very important part of class). By the end of the morning, students should know mussel biology and boat anatomy, and therefore should be able to find a mussel on a boat. The afternoon of day 1 is spent on inspection protocol, step-by-step procedures, standing water, bait, reporting, and practicing inspections. The second day we review and practice what we learned on day 1, and teach decontamination in full. All students must take the standard exam to be certified. This is a closed book exam, which should be graded and reviewed with the students before the class adjourns. The benefit to grading exams in class is that students know what they got wrong and can learn the correct answers. In addition, students that fail will know immediately they need to attend another class, and their supervisors will know they are not able to start work.|