Skills in possum population monitoring are needed so that agencies responsible for possum control:
- can monitor possum population numbers in their areas of responsibility, and
- measure, through Quality Assurance checks, whether or not possum numbers have been reduced by possum control operations to the level specified in work contracts (the Residual Trap Catch Index– RTCI).
The Quality Assurance process must be designed specifically for the area involved. Agencies usually contract out both the designing and monitoring work and require that the contractors be qualified as monitors or designers.
The following courses are available for people seeking accreditation in possum population monitoring. The courses are organised by Eurotafts International Limited on NPCA's behalf.