INVASIVE SPECIES – TRAINING

Invasive species training will take place in four centres around South Africa – Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria. If you are interested in becoming an invasive species consultant, are a landowner, landscaper or horticulturist – this training is for you.

Dates and locations: Cape Town: 13, 14, 15 & 16 November 2017 & Johannesburg: 28, 29, 30 November & 1 December 2017

4 Modules Offered:

Module 1: Identification & Legislation (Day 1): Learn to identify invasive species, categories and understand the legislation.
Module 2: Directives & Control Plans (Day 2): Understanding declarations, permits, pre-directives, directives and control plans.
Module 3: Theory: Herbicides & Control Methods (Day 3): Introduction to herbicides and how to use them.
Module 4: Practical: Spraying Herbicides (Day 4): A practical learning experience in the field with industry experts.

4 Modules Offered:

Module 1: Identification & Legislation (Day 1): Learn to identify invasive species, categories and understand the legislation.
Module 2: Directives & Control Plans (Day 2): Understanding declarations, permits, pre-directives, directives and control plans.
Module 3: Theory: Herbicides & Control Methods (Day 3): Introduction to herbicides and how to use them.
Module 4: Practical: Spraying Herbicides (Day 4): A practical learning experience in the field with industry experts.

When you complete Module 3 & Module 4 you will receive an official Herbicide Operator’s Certificate. Module 1 and 3 were offered last year.

The training is targeted at horticulturists, landscapers, landscape architects, conservationists, invasive species professionals, biocontrol officers, municipal parks department officials, botanists, zoologists and passionate gardeners with a superb knowledge and interest in flora and fauna.

Choose the modules that you need to attend. Download the booking form.

BRAND NEW:

Pesticide Control Operator (PCO) licence by correspondence

In order to sign off an invasive species control plan, that includes the use of herbicides as part of an integrated plan, an invasive species practitioner has to be in possession of a Pesticide Control Operator (PCO) licence. SAGIC now offers a correspondence course designed for anyone operating in the management of invasive alien species field, who needs to become a licensed PCO. You will receive a PCO training manual study pack which includes six chapters and six tutorials.

There are two options for this course. One includes assistance from correspondence tutors and the second does not. You choose:
• Study the chapters yourself, attend a practical and write the exam.
• Or study the chapters, complete all six tutorials – with feedback from herbicide specialists – attend a practical and write the exam.

Pest Control Operator course will be held in the following venues:
Cape Town: 19 & 20 October 2017
Johannesburg: 27 & 28 October 2017

Download the booking form.

JOIN THE NETWORK

Join the network of invasive species consultants

By attending the training you can become a SAGIC invasive species consultant, head up an invasive species removal team or embark on a journey to learn how to compile control plans for municipalities, large landowners and residential estates.

All trained professionals will be listed in a SAGIC database of invasive species consultants (www.invasives.org.za) and will receive a certificate to indicate that they have attended the workshops.

Find Out More

SAGIC invasive species and herbicide training is an entirely self-funding project. Booking:  Booking is essential.

  • Email your booking form to Hazel at info@invasives.org.za
  • We will then send you an invoice for payment prior to training.
  • The name on the booking form is the name that will appear on your certificate.
  • Entry to training: No one will be admitted to the training without payment or prior arrangement.
  • Cost per module: R912 (Including VAT)
  • Times: 09h00 – 16h00 (Module 1, 2 & 3) | 09h00 – 14h00 (Module 4)

For further information: Contact Hazel or Kay at or Tel: 011-723-9000

Did You Know?

DUTY OF CARE FOR LANDOWNERS:
Invasive species are defined as a liability under NEMBA. Any person who owns land in South Africa now has a ‘legal duty of care’ to control the invasive species on their land and anyone selling land, must inform the buyer of their land, of any invasive species on the property.

CONTROL PLANS:
That under the NEMBA AIS Regulations… all organs of state – which includes municipalities, metros, parastatals (Eskom, Transnet, SANRAL), protected areas (SANParks, all Nature Reserves), military bases, ministry’s, provinces and all state educational facilities – are required to submit control plans, which outline how they will deal with the invasive species on land under their control, to the Biosecurity Unit, Department of Environmental Affairs.

SELLING PROPERTY?
Applications can now also be made to have a directive sent to any landowner who is not controlling listed invasive species on their property. Under these circumstances, large landowners will need the assistance of environment-trained professionals to identify species, develop and submit control plans to the government – to avoid prosecution.

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