Biosecurity micro-credential programme

21 February 2019

The Primary Industry Training Organisation (ITO), together with the horticulture industry and KVH has developed a biosecurity micro-credential (a short, focused piece of learning) to enhance industry biosecurity capability. This micro-credential has been developed under the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) framework, targeting grower owner-operators and supervisors/managers (NZQA Level 5).

The micro-credential content includes biosecurity principles, on-farm practices and an assessment component. It is designed to give an individual an understanding of biosecurity; what risks are present on their orchard/farm; how to prioritise and manage them; and then asks how practices can be put in place or improved.

To ensure the micro-credential is relevant and will provide learning outcomes of value to growers and other industry participants it has been developed with biosecurity managers from KVH as well as New Zealand Winegrowers, Summerfruit New Zealand, New Zealand Apples and Pears, Horticulture New Zealand, TomatoesNZ and Vegetables New Zealand.

The micro-credential programme is now being rolled out and we are seeking individuals who are either grower owner-operators or in managerial/supervisor positions to participate in the programme. Individuals will be required to actively participate in the pilot course, and then undertake an assessment component on biosecurity practices on their orchards to be awarded the micro-credential.

As the programme is still being tested with industry groups there is no cost for participating and all materials and catering will be provided. By agreeing to take part in the pilot, participants agree to completing the assessment and providing feedback to course organisers after completion.

If you are interested in participating in this programme, please email [email protected] by Friday 8 March 2019. There are limited places available so please get in touch to be sure you can secure a spot.

What: Biosecurity Micro-credential programme workshop for the kiwifruit industry

When: 10am – 3pm, Tuesday 12 March 2019 (morning tea and lunch provided)

Where: Armoury Room, Classic Flyers, Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui