Mike Clough, Chairman of INNSA says “Invasive non-native species cannot be grouped under one all-encompassing treatment strategy. A detailed understanding of plant growth habit and reproduction strategies is an essential tool in developing best practice measures to manage and eradicate them.
“INNSA members who have completed the BASIS Invasive and Injurious Weeds Course show they have the professional knowledge and understanding to identify the best methods for management and eradication.”
The syllabus is designed for anyone advising, supplying or consulting on the use of products for the control of non-native and injurious species. Candidates are expected to have had around 12 months practical experience in the field.
As part of the course, candidates will develop an understanding of invasive weeds: including what they are and how they can be identified; the harm they do; and how they develop, spread and reproduce. Training also covers the assessment of the options available for control; how different levels of control may be achieved; and the cost effectiveness and environmental implications of each control option.
BASIS is an independent organisation set up at the suggestion of the UK Government in 1978 to establish and assess standards in the pesticide industry relating to storage, transport and competence of staff. It is an industry self-regulated scheme, in line with Government de-regulation policy, giving balanced and independent advice to registered distributors.
If you would like more information about the course or INNSA, please contact Suzanne Hardy on 0161 723 6457 or visit www.innsa.org.
Details of the next BASIS training course specifically for INNSA members, to follow.