Level 3 Trainer Training

Upcoming Classes

January12-14, 2021, 9AM-5PM (Virtual) - CLASS IS FULL.

February 9-11, 2021, 9AM-5PM (Virtual); CLASS IS FULL.

March 9-11, 2021, 9AM-5PM (Virtual); CLASS IS FULL.

Spring ’21 - WIT III classes are now full or complete – If you are interested in Trainer training and would like to be put on waiting list, contact “Quagga D”   and we’ll let you know when the next available class is scheduled. 


Thank you for your interest in the WIT III – Trainer Training program. The response for this class has been overwhelming so we have decided to go thru an application process to select who is eligible for the program. Future WIT III trainings will be available if PSMFC and its 100th Meridian Initiative partners deem them valuable and consistent with the Quagga Zebra Action Plan (QZAP), emphasizing the need for comprehensive and effective coordinated action.


This course is appropriate for state and federal AIS Coordinators, and WID Site Supervisors, including local/state/federal governments, marinas and concessionaires.


To be eligible for the trainer course, an individual must:

  • Pass the Inspection and Decontamination (WIT II) - Version 2015.

  • Have performed a minimum of 50 inspections and at least 5 decontaminations per Western Regional Panel (WRP) Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) and the Uniform Minimal Protocols and Standards (UMPS) procedures prior to attending a Trainer's course.

  • Have operated and maintained a decontamination unit that meet’s UMPS III specifications.

  • It is Recommended that Supervisor submit a letter of recommendation for consideration if employed less than 3 Seasons.

To be considered a Trainer you must:

  • Complete the AIS trainer's course (WIT III).

  • Receive a passing score of 80% on the final exam, and demonstrate ability to effectively teach this course in both classroom and practical sessions.

Additional considerations include:

  • Hosting a WIT II – If capacity exists for mentoring, it is recommended that ALL new trainers co-teach a minimum of two (WIT II) Inspection and Decontamination courses prior to teaching alone, and that they be evaluated by an experienced trainer prior to teaching independently.

Trainers will be expected to:

  • Teach the current procedures according to the Trainer’s Manual and not procedures from former years. 

  • Obtain and use the latest training materials (Student Manual and UMPS III).

  • Ensure all training prep work is completed in advance of training.  Lead trainers may employ helpers or assistants that don’t teach but rather work behind the scenes to prep boats, equipment and provide supplies to keep the class progressing on time and smoothly.  

  • Report and document trainings of attendee’s and certification levels on www.westernais.org

If you would like to be considered for the WIT III Training course, click here for more information and complete the WIT III Pre-Training survey for consideration of eligibility. PSMFC reserves the right to refuse or withdraw trainer certification to those that do not meet expectations.


Trainer's Manual for AIS Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Certification Courses

  • 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.

Sample Agenda

Virtual Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Trainer Course: Sample Agenda

Ex: January 19-21, 2021

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

Day 1 

9:00 am Welcome and Introductions 

9:15 am Nathan Owens – Utah “Update of the State” 

9:30 am Colleen Allen – Lake Powell “Update of the Lake” 

9:45 am Western Regional Training Standards and Programs – 

Trainer Manual Chapters 1 & 2 

Quality Assurance – Trainer Manual Chapter 3 

Preparing for Class, Materials for Class – 

Trainer Manual Chapters 4 & 5 

10:30 am BREAK 

10:45 am Presentation Tips - Trainer Manual Chapter 6 

Body Language and Engagement 

11:15 am Agendas – Trainer Manual Chapter 7 

WIT I, II- “WHY” Indoor/Outdoor Design 

12 Noon LUNCH 

1:30 pm What Makes a Great Training and the Worst Training? 

Class Survey Discussion 

Effective Adult Learning 

Generational Differences, Communication 

2:00 pm BREAK 

2:15 pm Student Curriculum Guidance by Chapter 

Trainer Manual Chapter 8 

After the Class, Appendices and Additional Resources 

Trainer Manual Chapter 9-10 

4:00 pm Adjourn 


Practice Your Presentations for Tomorrow! 


Day 2 

8:30 am Presentation Day! 

8:45 am Warm up’s 

9:00 am Introductions Module 1 

Power Point – 30 minutes 

Discussion of Boat Inspection Demonstration - Video 

Discussion of – “What did you observe Activity” 

10:00 am Biology Module 2 

Power Point – 45 minutes 

Discussion of Outdoor Exercise – How many mussels Can you Find? 

Discussion of Species ID Exercise 

11:00 Watercraft 101 Module 3 

Power Point – 60 minutes 

Discussion of Boat Anatomy Outdoor Exercise – Review Form 

Group Activity – Review 

12:00 Lunch 

1:30 pm Inspections Module 4 

Power Point – 30 minutes 

Discussion of “Ideal Inspector Activity” 

Inspection Practice, Quality Assurance and Seal Application 

Review Forms and Data Collectors 

2:30 pm Decontamination Module 5 

Power Point – 60 minutes 

Discussion – Decontamination Unit SOP’s 

Step by Step Decontamination Demonstration 

Review Forms 

3:45 pm Review and Discussion on Day 2 

4:00 pm Adjourn 



Day 3 

8:45 Warm Ups 

9:00 am Introductions Module 1 

Power Point – 30 minutes 

9:30 am Biology Module 2 

Power Point – 45 minutes 

10:00 Watercraft 101 Module 3 

Power Point – 60 minutes 

11:00 Inspections Module 4 

Power Point – 30 minutes 

12:00 Lunch 

1:30 pm Advanced Decontamination 

Methods of training Watercraft 101 

Complex Watercraft Systems and Components 

Methods of decontamination 

3:00 pm Summarize Course: Key Points to Remember for Trainings 

Certificate Presentation 

Course Evaluations 

Class Pics 

3:30 pm Adjourn