The AIS Detectors Core Course is an introduction to aquatic invasive species (AIS) science, identification, and surveillance. You will learn how to report invasive species, best practices for preventing the spread of AIS, relevant rules and regulations, and how to search for AIS on your own.

The self-paced online course takes approximately 8 hours to complete, followed by two live, 3-hour online workshop sessions. The online course will open on Monday, April 12th, 2021. The self-paced content must be completed prior to the start of the online workshops. You will select which workshop session pair you will attend when registering. You must complete both workshop sessions in order to receive credit for the course and become certified as an AIS Detector.

The course has two tracks: Community Member and Professional. The Community Member track is for those who are planning to volunteer as AIS Detectors and who are not conducting AIS activities professionally. The Professional track is for those who do not plan to volunteer and are instead looking to increase their knowledge base for work-related activities. Please select the appropriate track when you register, as they involve some differences in course content.

Your registration fee includes unlimited access to the online course, access to two online workshops, course materials that will be mailed to you, an advance copy of the new edition of our AIS identification field guide, and networking opportunities with other AIS Detectors and experts. If the $150 registration fee presents a barrier to your ability to participate in the AIS Detectors Core Course as a Community Member, please visit our scholarship page to learn more about scholarship opportunities.

To learn more about the program and review FAQs visit www.aisdetectors.org.

To register for the course, click a green "Available" button on the right side of your screen to expand the section details. Verify that you are viewing the section with the workshop dates and track (Community Member or Professional) that you are interested in. Only the first date of the workshop session pair appears in the tan box. Please confirm both dates for the workshop sessions once you expand that section to view additional details. Then, click the "Add to Cart" button to register for that combination of track and live workshop dates.

You will need a tablet, laptop or desktop computer, or smart phone with a good internet connection to access all course materials. The experience will be best on a larger screen, so a laptop or desktop computer are strongly recommended. You will need to have a working microphone and camera to connect to the live workshops. Technical skills required for this course include: ability to access Zoom (including breakout rooms), ability to create a University guest account and access Canvas online course, ability to mute and unmute yourself in Zoom meetings, ability to watch videos, and ability to open and view multiple windows simultaneously. We will offer a Tech Check before workshops begin to make sure that you are ready to learn on the day of your first workshop.

Course Contact

Patrick Mulcahy, 612-626-1433, mulcahyp@umn.edu

Registration questions

Extension Registration, ext-reg@umn.edu

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