Level 1 Inspector Training

 
Upcoming Classes
Virtual Training January 26-27, 2021 (2 days) 8AM-NOON; CLASS IS FULL.
Virtual Training February 23-24, 2021 (2 days) 8AM-NOON; CLASS IS FULL.
Virtual Training March 23-24, 2021 (2 days) 8AM-NOON; CLASS IS FULL.
Virtual Training April 6-7, 2021 (2 days) 8AM-NOON; CLASS IS FULL.
Virtual Training April 20-21, 2021 (2 days) 8AM-NOON; Zoom Register here.
Virtual WIT II training will encompass Level 1 Inspector Training. You may register on Level II.
For Level 2 Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Training, please visit WIT II Schedule
 
The training will include:
  1. Introduction & overview of what other western states are doing to fight mussels

  2. Biology of quagga & zebra mussels

  3. Quagga & zebra mussel status, monitoring, prevention, and regulations in California

  4. Overview of decontamination, including when decontamination should occur

  5. Watercraft risk assessment and inspection procedure (with practice)

 

TO REGISTER: If you are interested in attending, please register online at the link provided above next to each class

 

COST: Training is provided free of charge to attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.  Attendees are responsible for their own travel expenses. Lunch will be delivered; you will need $10 to cover refreshments and lunch at check in/arrival.

 

*This is a ONE-day training                                Participants only need to attend one of the days

 
Background Information

​​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 traileredwatercraft 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.

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

 

Sample Virtual Agenda
 

Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Certification Training

[Note - Times shown below may not reflect the agenda of the class you enroll in]

Day 1 

 

8:45 Log into Zoom – Zooming 101 

9:00 Introductions 

9:30 PSMFC - WIT/WID Western States Training Program Overview 

9:45 CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife – AIS Program Overview 

10:00 AZ Game & Fish – AIS Program Overview 

10:30 AIS Program Review – Q & A 

10:45 BREAK 

11:00 Biology - Quagga and Zebra (QZM) and other AIS Species of Concern 

11:45 Biology Review - Q & A 

12:00 Adjourn (Based on completion) 

Day 2 

8:45 Log into Zoom 

9:00 Watercraft Anatomy – Systems and Components Review 

9:30 Name That Boat Game 

9:45 Watercraft Anatomy Review – Q & A 

10:00 BREAK 

10:15 Assessing Risk and Best Practices - Inspection 

11:00 Inspection Review – Q & A 

11:15 WID Data System 

11:30 Data System – Q & A 

12:00 Adjourn (Based on Completion) 

 

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