The experience and qualifications required for accreditation include:
1. A person’s relevant academic qualifications, being either:
- relevant tertiary education in the natural sciences including subjects that relate to the observation and description of terrestrial biodiversity and landforms
- any other qualifications that 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, including:
i conducting plant and animal surveys
ii identification of plant community types
iii identification of ecological communities.
3. In the case of a person possessing the relevant academic qualification, at least 3 years of experience within the last 7 years.
4. In any other case, at least 5 years of experience, 2 of which have been gained within the last 7 years.
Ongoing accreditation will also require ongoing involvement in maintaining skills and knowledge related to the Biodiversity Assessment Method and its application.
Notes about relevant work experience – and demonstration of technical skills
The Biodiversity Assessment Method requires an assessor to have a strong focus on botanical skills involving plots, quadrats, and transects to sample species composition. This sampling is used to identify plant community types and ecological communities.
Assessor applicants should be aiming to demonstrate a reasonable level of recent relevant work experience. As a guide, approximately 50 days (cumulatively) over the last 3 years of plant-based field work, involving plots, quadrats and transects, is considered reasonable. This is a guide only, and each application is considered individually and on its merits against the criteria. The figure is based on experience of previous assessors.
Note: There are also continuing professional development requirements for assessors to carry out a similar level of field work to maintain their botanical skills after accreditation.