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.
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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.
12-Part eLearning Series
Introducing and detailing the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme
4 Day BAM Face-to-Face Training
- Biodiversity Assessment Method Stage 1
- Field Day
- Biodiversity Credits and Offset Obligations
Biodiversity Assessment Method Stage 2
- 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.
Please see below current available training dates for 2021:
|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|
|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)|
|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|
*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.
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.
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:
|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.
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.
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.
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.