There are several steps to becoming a Dairy Effluent WoF assessor.
Assessors must complete the 3-day Farm Dairy Effluent System Warrant of Fitness training course, and then follow through with the official Certification process and be issued with a Certificate of Completion.
There are no specific pre-requisites for the WOF assessor certification and training process but it is expected that most people will go onto become Certified WOF Assessors so there is an assumption of prior experience of dairy effluent farm systems. Some level of practical experience will be needed to pass the certification which is likely to have come from either being involved with companies that design and install effluent systems or from people who have previous knowledge of assessing systems such as shed inspector or regional council compliance inspections.
The 3 primary components of WoF Certification are to complete the Application Form, attend the 3-day WoF Training Course, and finally complete the WoF Calibration Exercise.
See below for more details of each component.
Once certification is completed applicants are given access to a number of resources, including the computerised WoF Audit capture system and reporting, calibration software and online training, and marketing material for assessors to use.
Assessors can send in a biography which will be loaded on the WoF website.
Support for the computer systems is available during working hours and assessors are welcome to request help and assistance when completing the digital assessments.
There is no additional charges for these resources.
As a fully certified WoF assessor you are a valuable resource for Farmers to engage.
You offer a very thorough and consistent assessment of effluent systems, and as a Certified WOF Assessor you will use the same methodology every time.
As part of the WOF scheme, DairyNZ has funded the development of this training course to provide potential WOF Assessors with the background skills and knowledge required to become an Assessor.
The course includes a highly practical on farm practical session where each person participates in undertaking a WOF.
Next WoF Training Course proposed dates are 24 - 26 January 2018.
If you have no previous knowledge of effluent systems and how they are designed or installed then attendance at the Massey FDE System Design and Management would be a better course and then gain some practical experience before going on to become a WOF Assessor.