Nature conservation

Biodiversity Reform

Applying for assessor accreditation

Individuals wanting to become accredited to apply the Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM) are required to have:

  • appropriate knowledge, skills and experience (such as academic qualification and/or relevant work experience), and
  • successfully completed the BAM assessor training course.

The BAM training provider will inform OEH of the completion of compulsory units for accreditation after completion of training.

Applications for accreditation must also include:

  • completed fit and proper person declaration, and
  • completed code of conduct declaration.

Requisite skills, experience and qualifications

The accredited persons experience and qualifications listed below provide guidance to the type of skills that are required for accreditation.

1. A person’s relevant academic qualifications, being:

  • relevant tertiary education in the natural sciences including subjects that relate to the observation and description of terrestrial biodiversity and landforms, or
  • such other qualifications as are, in the opinion of the Environment Agency Head relevant to exercising the functions of an accredited person.

2. A person’s relevant work experience in environmental science or environmental management or environmental impacts assessment or preparation of conservation management plans, being:

  • experience that includes:

     i conducting plant and animal surveys, and/or
     ii  identification of plant community types, and/or
     iii identification of ecological communities.

3. In the case of a person possessing relevant academic qualification, at least three years of experience within the last seven years,

4. In any other case, at least five years of experience, two of which have been gained within the last seven years.

Ongoing accreditation will also require ongoing involvement in maintaining skills and knowledge related to the BAM and its application.

Application process

People wishing to become accredited will first need to successfully complete the BAM training through the training provider, Muddy Boots. When the training provider notifies OEH that the training course participant has been evaluated as competent in all the assessment tasks presented during the training course, OEH will send an invitation to submit an application for accreditation.

An application is to be made by submitting the following:

  1. a completed Accredited BAM Assessor Application Form (including Fit and Proper Person Declaration)
  2. a completed Accredited BAM Assessor Code of Conduct Declaration 
  3. a completed Accredited BAM Assessor Person Experience and Qualification Report
  4. two completed Accredited BAM Assessor Referee Reports
  5. certified copies of originals of relevant academic transcripts
  6. payment of the Application Fee.

An Accreditation Term Fee will be payable after your application has been assessed and approval is being recommended.

The Biodiversity Assessors Accreditation System (BAAS)

OEH is developing an on-line portal to support the administration of the scheme. Once in operation, it will facilitate expression of interest for training and allow for the upload of forms and reports, and processing of fees. Further information will be provided when the system is ready for operation during the second half of 2017.

Interim process

Until the Biodiversity Assessors Accreditation Scheme (BAAS) is operational, OEH will facilitate a manual process. As people successfully complete training, OEH will make contact with them via email to provide details about the process.  

Training for accreditation

People interested in undertaking accredited assessor training should complete an Expression of Interest with the training provider.

The training provider will advise you when training courses are being offered.

Training is competency based, and people undertaking the training will need to demonstrate knowledge of the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme (BOS) as well competency in the use of the BAM, including allocating PCTs and EECS from quadrat information. 

More information is available through the training provider Muddy Boots.

Accredited assessors who work within a project team

OEH is aware that many companies undertake biodiversity assessments in project teams. This means that there are times where the accredited person who prepares and submits the BAR for a particular project is unlikely to do all the ecological assessment and writing of the BAR.

Where an accredited person is working within a project team or using information required by the BAM that was gathered or prepared by another person, the accredited person must:

  • be accountable for correctly applying the BAM and preparing the BAR
  • ensure staff and contractors operating under their direction have adequate skills and knowledge to undertake the field work accurately and in accordance with the BAM
  • have knowledge and skills (pre-requisite and BAM-training skill competency) required to provide quality control, confirm validity and accuracy of all information used in the assessment, oversee preparation and sign-off on this work
  • operate within the code of conduct
  • acknowledge the roles of support team members in the preparation of a BAM report and include it in the BAR write up.

To help ensure the quality of work carried out by non-accredited staff and contractors, OEH recommends they attend the BAM Field Skills training course provided by Muddy Boots.

Page last updated: 09 October 2017