NAISMA’s Online Invasive Species Management Certification Program

NAISMA’s Online Invasive Species Management Certification Program is designed to provide the education needed for professionals who are managing invasive species and students that are learning to manage invasive species.

The Spring 2021 Semester for the NAISMA Online Invasive Species Management Training Program will begin on Monday, February 1, 2021, and end on Friday, May 21, 2021. 

The training program will be flexible to students’ individual schedules. 

Courses provide the most current invasive species identification, control, and management techniques and comply with local and federal regulations:

  • Choose from 5 Courses
  • Completion of ISM 110 or successful test-out is required to take upper level courses
  • Courses can be taken one or two at a time
  • The average time required for each course is approximately 1-2 hours per week
  • Upon completion of the five courses, students will receive a Certificate of Invasive Species Management from NAISMA.

Efforts to control invasive species are often piecemeal and under-funded. Compounding the problem is a lack of trained field specialists to lead/assist with control and management efforts. People seeking invasive species management positions usually have training in biology, forestry, agronomy, or related fields – but generally no training or field experience in controlling invasive species.

In response to this need, NAISMA is offering a unique college-level online professional development program to train Invasive Species Field Specialists. The program provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of ISM (Invasive Species Management) – including strategies and methods for Prevention, Early Detection and Rapid Response, and Control.

Online Invasive Species Management Training Program Developers, Directors, and Instructors:

  • Dr. Randy Westbrooks (U.S. Federal ISM Prevention Specialist – 1979-2012)
  • Rebecca Westbrooks (ENV Science and Biology Instructor – Southeastern Community College, Whiteville, NC – 1989-2015).

Curriculum & Course Descriptions