Level 3 Trainer Training

Upcoming Classes


If you are interested in Level 3 trainer training, please review the criteria below to qualify for the next trainer training, and complete the WIT III Pre-Training Survey. WIT III applicants are reviewed by committee and you will receive an acceptance confirmation along with homework assignment and logistics.


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.

  • Complete the WIT III Pre-Training survey.

  • 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

Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Trainer Course Agenda

Day 1

9:00 am                                 Travel to Water Safety Center – Lake Mead National Recreation Area

9:30 am                                 Welcome!

9:45 am                                 Introductions

10:00 am                               Western Regional Training Standards and Programs - Trainer Manual Chapters 1 & 2

                                            Quality Assurance – Trainer Manual Chapter 3

11:00 am                               Preparing for Class, Materials for Class and Agendas - Trainer Manual Chapters 4 & 5

                                                Discussion on Other Presentations – Regional/Local Impacts (Recreationally, Economically, Ecologically)

                                                Discussion on Prep for Outdoor Sessions

                                                      Boat and MDU Coordination, Boat Staging & Supplies

                                                Discussion on HAND’S ON Break-Out Groups - Boat Staging, Scenarios, Dialogues, Seals/Receipts, Forms

                                                Outdoor Exercises Discussion: “Hands-On” Decontamination

Boat Staging, Break -Out Groups, Dialogues, Seals/Receipts, Forms

                                                Discussion on HAND’S ON Break-Out Groups

                                                                Boat Staging, Standing Water, Engine Flush, Plant/Bait, Full Decon

12 Noon                                 Lunch

1:00 pm                                  Presentation Tips - Trainer Manual Chapter 6 - Practice, Practice and Practice

1:30 pm                                  What Makes a Great Training and the Worst Training? - Class Survey Discussion

1:45 pm                                  Effective Adult Worksheets - Curriculum Design Worksheet/Training Needs Assessment Worksheet           

2:15 pm                                  Break

2:30 pm                                  Student Curriculum Guidance by Chapter - Trainer Manual Chapter 7                                        

3:30 pm                                  After the Class, Appendices and Additional Resources - Trainer Manual Chapter 8                 

4:00 pm                                  WIT II – Student Test -  Review and Test Grades Collected

5:00 pm                                  Adjourn

Practice Your Presentations for tomorrow!



Day 2

8:00 am                                Presentation Day!

8:30 am                                Introductions         

  • Entrance Boat Inspection Demonstration Discussion

  • What did you Observe Activity        

  • Power Point Presentations

10:00 am                              ZQM Biology and Other AIS

  • Power Points

  • Discussion on Outdoor Session – How Many Mussels Can You Find?

  • Group Activity –  Species Samples

11:15 am                              Exchange Trainer Evaluations

11:30 am                              BREAK                                             

11:45 am                              Evaluations

Noon                                     Lunch 

1:00 pm                                Watercraft 101

  • Power Point – 60 minutes

  • Discussion on Outdoor Session – Boat Anatomy

  • Group Activity – Review

2:00 pm                                Inspection Protocol

  • Ideal Inspector Activity Discussion

  • Power Points

  • Outdoor Session – Inspection Practice, Quality Assurance and Seal Application

3:30 pm                                Exchange Trainer Evaluation Note Cards

3:45 pm                                Break

4:00 pm                                Evaluations

4:30 pm                                Review and Discussion on Day 2

5:00 pm                                Adjourn


Day 3

8:45 am                               Welcome!

9:00 am                               Decontamination

  • Power Point

  • Outdoor Session – Decontamination Unit Standard Operating Procedures

  • Step by Step Decontamination Demonstration and Practice

  • Decontamination Manual

10:45 am                              Exchange Trainer Evaluation Note Cards

11:00 am                              Break

11:15 am                              Decontamination Unit Specifications 

  • Right machine for the application, location and Budget                                         

11:45 am                               Evaluations

12:00 pm                               Lunch 

1:45 pm                                 Field Trip – Boat Dealership, Dry Storage, Marina

  • Methods of training Watercraft 101

    • Complex Watercraft Systems and Components

    • Methods of decontamination

4:30 pm                                 Summarize Course: Key Points to Remember for Trainings

  • Certificate Presentation

  • Course Evaluations                          

5:00 pm                                 Adjourn

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