The NAISMA Certified Weed Free Products’ Inspector Certification Course

The North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) Certified Weed Free Products (WFP) inspector certification course is an asynchronous, online short course that was created to provide you with the information necessary to work as an inspector certifying forage, gravel, or mulch to the WFP international standards. NAISMA experts have created this training class just for you!

The NAISMA WFP Program is the only program in North America that provides land managers with assurance that noxious weeds will not be spread through the movement of forage, hay, mulch, or gravel brought into a property. NAISMA supports and coordinates efforts of county, provincial, state, and federal agency personnel toward establishing, maintaining, reviewing, and updating the standards. NAISMA maintains science-based standards, provides guidelines, facilitates communications among stakeholders, and ensures uniform training and participation across jurisdictions. 

This asynchronous course consists of five sequenced video presentations, along with supplemental materials for in-depth learning and assessment. This class was developed by professionals with real world experience managing invasive species and certifying products as weed-free.

The learning segments included in course are: 

  1. WFP Program Overview
  2. Weed Free Forage
  3. Weed Free Gravel
  4. Weed Free Mulch
  5. Noxious Weed Identification

All individuals are expected to complete all five segments in sequence. You must complete a quiz after each segment to proceed to the next. A minimum 75% pass rate is expected for successful completion of each quiz. After successful completion of the course, a certificate from NAISMA will be issued to you and will remain valid for two years.

After completing this course, you will be able to describe:

  • the history of the NAISMA certified WFP program
  • the importance of following the standards
  • the definitions of terms used in the standards
  • how to certify forage as weed-free
  • how to certify gravel as weed-free
  • how to certify mulch as weed-free
  • how to identify the 55 NAISMA prohibited noxious weeds in the WFP standards
  • how the standards fit into a larger invasive species prevention and management program
  • how to get connected and network with other professionals working in the certified WFP program and the invasive species community

As a NAISMA Certified WFP Inspector, you will receive many valuable benefits:

  • Professional credentials that add value to your resume for future employment;
  • Certification and training valid for 2 years;
  • NAISMA quarterly newsletter and Monthly NewsFLASH;
  • NAISMA monthly live webinars;
  • Discounted NAISMA membership ($40 vs. $75 for regular);
    • NAISMA membership provides additional access to training, webinars, store discounts, and networking opportunities.
    • Members get a reduced registration price to attend the NAISMA Annual Conference
    • Members get a reduced price for other online courses within NAISMA’s online learning library, InvasivesU.

Individuals registering for this course must be employed by a participating agency that has a valid current MOU with NAISMA. Individuals registering for this course should have work related to being a WFP inspector as part of their job description. 

A certificate from NAISMA will be issued upon successful completion of the course. WFP Inspector Certification is valid for two years and must be renewed after that.