The Primary Industry Training Organisation (ITO), together with horticulture industry, has developed a biosecurity micro-credential (a short, focused piece of learning) to enhance industry biosecurity capability. The micro-credential covers biosecurity principles, on-farm practices, and an assessment component, and has been developed under the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) framework, targeting grower owner-operators and supervisors/managers (NZQA Level 5). It is designed to give an individual an understanding of biosecurity, what risks are present on their farm/orchard, how to prioritise and manage them, and then asks how practices can be put in place or improved (the assessment component).
The course was tested through a series of pilots late last year, with very positive feedback from attendees. The micro-credential programme is now being rolled out further with a number of additional courses. If you would like to attend one of the below courses please email the contact for more information. There are limited places, therefore please respond promptly to secure your place.
12 March – Tauranga (contact from KVH)
20 March – Gisborne (contact from HortNZ)
8 April – Pukekohe (contact from HortNZ)