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Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Training

Muddy Boots Environmental Training has been appointed by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage as the exclusive training provider for the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme.

Further information about applying for accreditation is also available from this link: Applying for Assessor Accreditation

 

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Why has the scheme been introduced?

Introduced in 2016, the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 aims to deliver ecologically sustainable development in New South Wales and address the loss of biodiversity via a biodiversity offsets scheme and private land conservation agreements.

These reforms are aimed at providing for ecologically sustainable development, improving biodiversity, and utilising the best available science and data to deliver a modern approach for land management and biodiversity conservation in NSW.

 

How does the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme work?

The Scheme allows for biodiversity offsets to be measured in terms of credits, using the Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM) - a scientific method that assesses biodiversity and calculates losses and gains at development and stewardship sites. Formal assessments under the Scheme can only be conducted by persons accredited as assessors under section 6.10 of the BC Act. Accredited assessors will carry out all BAM assessments and preparation of biodiversity assessment reports.

Key amendments were made to the BAM with BAM 2020 coming into force on 22 October 2020.

 

Training for Accredited Assessors

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has established arrangements for accreditation which includes a requirement of training in the use of the BAM. Greencap are the exclusive providers of training for the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme.

 

Accredited Assessor Training Modules

To be considered for accreditation by DPIE as an accredited assessor, you will need to complete all the accredited assessor training program and demonstrate competency.

Please note that demonstrating competency in the Accredited Assessor training is only one part of the accreditation process, which is managed by DPIE.  For more information, see this page or contact DPIE.

 

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme - Online Learning
12-Part eLearning Series

Introducing and detailing the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme

 

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme - Four Day Face to Face Training
4 Day BAM Face-to-Face Training
  1. Biodiversity Assessment Method Stage 1
  2. Field Day
  3. Biodiversity Credits and Offset Obligations
    Biodiversity Assessment Method Stage 2
  4. Biodiversity Certification
    Biodiversity Assessment Method Stage 3
    Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements

 

  

The Accredited Assessor course has been revised and now is comprised of a 12-part self-paced eLearning component followed by four days of Biodiversity Assessment Method content delivered face-to-face. 3 days are delivered via webinar, and 1 practical field day.

Once you enrol in the course, you will have 3 months to complete your eLearning modules and to enrol in your selected face to face session.

 

 

Or make an enquiry

Please see below current available training dates for 2021:

 

Session 5  
Day 1 - Field Day - Coffs Harbour Friday 20th August 2021
Day 2 Monday 23rd August 2021
Day 3 Wednesday 25th August 2021
Day 4 Friday 27th August 2021

 

Session 6  
Day 1 Monday 13 September 2021 
Day 2 Wednesday 15 September 2021
Day 3 Friday 17 September 2021
Day 4/Field Day Monday 27 September 2021 - Central West (exact location to be announced)

 

Session 7  
Day 1/Field Day Wednesday 6 October 2021 - Newcastle
Day 2 Monday 11 October 2021
Day 3 Wednesday 13 October 2021
Day 4 Friday 15 October 2021

 

 

Or make an enquiry

*These training sessions are subject to meeting minimum numbers. Participants will be invited to register for their selected training session upon completion of the eLearning Package.

 

Pricing

Accredited Assessor Course (inclusive of eLearning and face-to-face)

$2,000 per participant (excluding GST)*

 

Accredited Assessor Renewal Training 

The accredited assessor renewal training course is comprised of a 4-part self-paced e-learning component, followed by 2 part-day online sessions, delivered via webinar. 

Participants must currently be an Accredited Assessor to attend Renewal Refresher Training. 

To enquire about current assessor renewal training, please submit an enquiry.  

Schedule 

You will be sent an invitation to enrol for the refresher training when your renewal date is approaching.

When you enrol in the assessor renewal training, you will have 2 months to complete the eLearning and be enrolled in your selected online session.

Within your enrolment email you will receive a link to register for your selected online session prior to commencing your eLearning modules. 

Please see dates for current online sessions below:

Schedule  
Session 1 24 & 26 August 2021
Session 2 30 & 31 August 2021
Session 3 1 & 2 September 2021
Session 4 14 & 16 September 2021
Session 5 7 & 8 October 2021

 

*These training sessions are subject to meeting minimum numbers. 

 

Pricing

Renewal Refresher Training (inclusive of eLearning and face-to-face)

$1,000 per participant (excluding GST)*

Training for Local and State Government Approvers

Training will be offered for those members of Local and State government who will be involved in assessing or reviewing applications which include biodiversity assessment reports. Approvers will need to understand the legislative reforms, including the Biodiversity Assessment Method and credit schemes to accurately review these reports.

Schedule

Greencap is currently planning the schedule for future courses, and is in the process of confirming regional interest. All courses listed are tentative until confirmed in writing. Courses are subject to minimum numbers and will be confirmed at a minimum of two weeks in advance of the course commencement date.

To inform planning, please use the enquiry form below to register your details to stay informed. Ensure that you include your location. Submit an enquiry if this would be suitable. Please be assured that there are more courses being planned and we will release details as soon as locations and dates are finalised.

There are currently no upcoming Approvers courses organised.

Other Training

Others wishing to receive training in aspects of the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme, but are not looking to become an accredited assessor, can select which modules to complete.
Contact us for guidance regarding what modules are best suited to your individual circumstances.

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