Level 1 Inspector Training

 
Upcoming Classes

 

WIT Trainings have been completed for the Spring of 2019. Check back soon for Fall schedules.

 

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)

 

Go to Level 1 Inspector Training  for more information.

 

TO REGISTER: If you are interested in attending, please register online at http://www.westernais.org/register-for-training

 

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

 

For Level 2 Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Training, please visit WIT II Schedule

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 Agenda

 

Watercraft Inspection Training, Lake Nacimiento – WIT I, February 21, 2018 - February 22, 2018, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


7:45    Sign in

8:00    Welcome! Quagga D Davis

8:05    Introduction: Overview of AIS and Western States Programs – (Chapter 1)

8:30    California Overview of AIS Program - Kelley Aubushon

8:45    AIS Impacts – Ecological Overview – Kelley Aubushon

9:00    Zebra/Quagga Mussel & Other AIS Biology -  (Chapter 2)

9:45   BREAK

10:00  Watercraft 101 – (Chapter 3)

11:15 OUTSIDE – Boat Anatomy  

12:00 LUNCH BREAK

1:00    Entrance/Exit Boat Inspection Demonstration – Debi DeShon

1:30    Inspection Protocol – (Chapter 4)

2:00    OUTSIDE - Inspection Practice

3:45   BREAK

4:00    Overview of Watercraft Decontamination

4:30    Test

4:45    Certificate Presentation

5:00    Adjourn

 

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