Individuals wanting to become accredited to apply the Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM) are required to have:
- Successfully completed the Biodiversity Offset Scheme Training for accredited assessors.
- Be able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge, skills and experience, including academic qualifications and relevant work experience. The Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM) training provider will inform the Department of the successful completion of the six compulsory modules for accreditation after each training course.
The Department will then send an invitation to submit an application for accreditation, including access to the Biodiversity Assessor Accreditation System (BAAS).
From 2019, the training is current for 6 months and applications for accreditation must be submitted in BAAS within 6 months of completing the training.
An application for assessor accreditation is to be made by submitting a completed and compiled application form.
Download the application form (DOC 117KB).
The form has 6 parts:
Part 1 – Applicant details
Part 2 – Fit and Proper Person Declaration
Part 3 – BAM assessor code of conduct
Part 4 – BAM Assessor Experience and qualification report
Part 5 – Certified copies of relevant academic transcripts
Part 6 – BAM Assessor Referee Report (2 reports from recent referees are required).
An application fee will be required to be paid on submission of your application.
An accreditation term fee will be payable after your application has been assessed and approved.
Fees are paid via BAAS portal.
See the list of current fees.
Required skills, experience and qualifications
The accredited person's 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 either:
- relevant tertiary education in the natural sciences including subjects that relate to the observation and description of terrestrial biodiversity and landforms
- 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
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 three years of experience within the last 7 years.
4. In any other case, at least 5 years of experience, two 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 BAM and its application.
Notes about relevant work experience – and demonstration of technical skills
The BAM 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. This figure is based on experience of previous assessors.
Note: There will also be continuing professional development requirements for assessors to carrying out a similar level of field work to maintain their botanical skills once accredited.