NMACP celebrates 200 advisers certified
Monday 20 November 2017
Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme celebrates 200 advisers certified and announces introduction of greenhouse gas endorsement
The Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme has marked a significant milestone with the certification of the 200th Adviser to have completed the programme. Joseph Edlin of Waikato Regional Council was presented with a certificate to mark the occasion in Hamilton today.
“It’s exciting to think that the programme continues to experience rapid growth and has now reached this fantastic milestone. This ensures there’s a great pool of people delivering quality nutrient management advice to farmers throughout New Zealand,” says Mike Manning, NMACP Chairman. “We congratulate Joseph - and all our certified advisers. Becoming certified represents a lot of hard work and commitment - they are all nutrient management champions.”
The 200th adviser to have completed the programme coming from a regional council reflects the changing face of the scheme. Dr Vera Power, Chief Executive of the Fertiliser Association explains that in the early days of the programme, certified advisers came largely from the fertiliser companies. “However, we’re now finding that they’re coming from a much broader range of organisations as well as independent consultants. We have people from Councils, sector groups, farm consultancies, and professional services firms – all certified or working towards certification. This means that people from a wide range of organisations now have a common set of knowledge around nutrient management best practice,” says Vera.
In another example of the changing face of the programme, a new greenhouse gas endorsement will be in place by the end of this year, with financial support from DairyNZ. This builds on the Massey University course on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Management. Certified Nutrient Management Advisers will be able to complete this course to additionally become Certified Greenhouse Gas Advisers. “We’re really excited to be introducing this endorsement,” said Vera. “It will expose advisers to the latest in greenhouse gas mitigation policy and research for pastoral and arable farming so it’s a really positive development for the industry as a whole”.
For further information, please contact:
Chief Executive, Fertiliser Association of New Zealand
Ph. 04 473 6552 or mob. 027 244 3739
Photo available on request.
About the Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme
The Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme is an industry-wide certification programme targeted at those who provide nutrient management advice to New Zealand farmers. The formation of the programme was spearheaded by DairyNZ to help ensure farmers could be confident in the nutrient management advice they receive. It is managed by the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand, with ongoing support from DairyNZ.
The programme aims to ensure farmers get nutrient management advice of the highest standard. Relevant qualifications and experience are essential. Once certified, advisers need to undertake continuing professional development and must abide by a Code of Ethics and Rules of Conduct. Find out more at www.nmacertification.org.nz.