Classical Weed Biological Control 101 Short Course

The North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) Classical Weed Biological Control 101 Short Course is an asynchronous, professional, online short course that was created to provide you with knowledge about the science, application, and regulation of classical weed biological control. Experts from NAISMA have created this content just for you!

This asynchronous course consists of six sequenced video presentations, along with supplemental materials for in-depth learning and assessment. It takes approximately three hours to complete this online short course.This class was developed by professionals with real world experience managing invasive plants.

Registration Fee: 

Free for all thanks to funding from the USDA Forest Service.

All individuals are expected to watch each video in its entirety and in sequence. Participants must complete a short quiz after each video to proceed to the next. A 70% or better is required to pass each quiz. Participants can go back and rewatch videos, as needed. 

After completing this course, participants will understand:

  • the fundamentals of classical weed biocontrol
  • the science and regulations that guide the practice
  • how to distinguish CBC from other forms of biocontrol
  • how biological control insects are identified, tested, regulated, and approved for release
  • how biological control of weeds can fit into an integrated weed management strategy

This course is designed specifically for individuals that are interested in learning more about the biological control of noxious weeds. 

This class is open to anyone and there are no prerequisites.

A certificate from NAISMA will be issued upon successful completion of the course.