BioBanking assessor accreditation

The Biodiversity Offsets Scheme under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 commenced on 25 August 2017 visit Biodiversity Offset Scheme.

The information on this page only remains relevant for savings and transitional arrangements under former legislation and policy. Visit Biodiversity Offset Scheme Transitional Arrangements for more information.

OEH is no longer accrediting new people to apply the BioBanking Methodology.

We are currently rolling out the new Accreditation Scheme for the application of the Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM) as provided for under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.

The draft BAM Assessor Accreditation Order can be found here. The Accreditation Order contains information about accreditation requirements and the application process.

A Registered Training Organisation, Greencap, has been appointed by OEH to deliver the new BAM Assessor Accreditation training.

If you wish to contact the training provider to express interest in participating in a future training course please use this weblink

 

The Arrangement for BioBanking Assessor Accreditation (PDF 203KB) provides information on the accreditation process and outlines the conditions required to apply for and maintain accreditation. Future accreditation arrangements will be considered as part of the Biodiversity Legislation Reform.

Accreditation is valid for three years and must be renewed after this period. The BioBanking Assessor accreditation process is overseen by a panel comprised of 3 experts from government, academia and industry. OEH can provide general advice about an individual's qualifications and experience, however, only the BioBanking Assessor Accreditation Panel can determine the adequacy of the qualifications and experience for accreditation.

Applying for accreditation

Individuals seeking BioBanking Assessor accreditation are required to have:

  1. successfully completed the full BioBanking Assessor and Biocertification course
  2. relevant tertiary qualifications in natural sciences or equivalent, combined with a minimum of three years experience in flora and fauna survey, or a miniumum of five years experience in flora and fauna if no tertiary qualification(s) in natural science (or equivalent) are held.

Applications for accreditation must include:

  • academic transcript/s
  • a resume that demonstrates employment history, showing the employers name and period of employment
  • written references including contact details from two recent professional referees (within the last 3 years) in the field of natural sciences from two separate e organisations who can vouch for the applicant's skills, experience and professional conduct. A professional referee can be an employer or a professional in the same industry
  • a list of projects completed by the applicant relevant to flora and fauna survey set out in the table format below.

 

Name and period of survey/project

Your role/position and description of the work undertaken

Days you spent undertaking field work Days you spent undertaking desktop work
       

Applications for accreditation can be sent to biobanking@environment.nsw.gov.au. The Panel meets every 6 months.  Applications should be submitted by either 26 April or 26 October each year to allow for the completion of the accreditation process by 31 May or 30 November the same year. The Accreditation panel is scheduled to meet in May 2016.

Renewal requirements for accreditation

Accreditation is for a period of up to three years, at which time BioBanking Assessors will need to apply for renewal.

OEH will send assessors (via email) an application form before the expiry date of their current accreditation. Accredited assessors are encouraged to keep track of their own accreditation dates and be prepared to complete their application for renewal prior to their expiry date. The application form includes questions covering details about the assessors experience in Biobanking since accreditation, as well as how they have maintained their technical and field skills.

Formal training requirements for accreditation

There are both initial and ongoing formal training requirements to gain and maintain accreditation. The following table describes these requirements.  

Stages of accreditation Formal training requirements

Initial accreditation

Successful completion of the five day Assessor Accreditation Training Course

First period of accreditation – up to 3 years from initial accreditation date

No formal training requirement
Second period of accreditation – up to 3 to 6 years from initial accreditation date

Successful completion of the two day Re-accreditation Course

 

Submit certificate of attendance with application for second application for renewal

Third period of accreditation – up to 6 to 9 years from initial accreditation date

Successful completion of the one day Re-accreditation Course

 

Submit certificate of attendance with application for third application for renewal

BioBanking and Biocertification Assessor Training

There are no courses currently scheduled.

For people interested in undertaking accredited assessor training please contact biobanking@environment.nsw.gov.au

 

 

Page last updated: 28 August 2017