The Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme (NMACP) defines the standards for people to meet to provide certified nutrient management advice. The process brings the qualification and continuing professional development requirements into a uniform framework.
The programme has developed a transparent and recognised system of formal certification of advisers for use across the primary sector.
This collaboration and networked approach to nutrient management advice produces local, national and international benefits through providing greater quality assurance. The programme has processes for standard settings and certifying qualified individuals as well as managing an ongoing certification system.
To become certified, nutrient management advisers will have to demonstrate they have appropriate qualifications, or equivalent field experience, with a suitable training record for a range of subject matter prescribed by the NMACP.
Advisers are required to have successfully completed the Intermediate and Advanced courses in Sustainable Nutrient Management in New Zealand Agriculture via Massey, plus demonstrate their skills and knowledge meet required standards through a competency assessment.
To maintain certification a nutrient management adviser must complete a minimum of 15 hours of continuing professional development each year. For details of the types of activities that can be attributed to CPD see CPD Requirements document.
Once certified, an adviser will be listed on the website. Farmers and the public will be able to view the list of certified advisers.
All advisers are bound by a Code of Ethics and Rules of Conduct setting out the standards required of them when engaging with clients and third parties.
As part of the certification programme a formal complaint resolution process has been established should any concerns arise that indicate best industry practice has not been followed. The Disciplinary Committee will have a disciplinary review for any complaint received.
Certification is open for all nutrient management advisers who wish to be recognised as meeting the standards set for New Zealand. This includes farm advisers whose scope of work goes beyond nutrient management advice because it is recognised that sound nutrient management advice underpins any plan for farm related operations.
The fertiliser industry and primary industry stakeholders have taken this valuable opportunity to drive this development and also integrate the initiatives of agricultural sector groups to improve our economic well being while meeting environmental limits.
Massey University Sustainable Nutrient Management Courses
Intermediate SNM courses are held at regular invervals throughout the year depending on demand. Attendance at a three-day contact course is required, along with some pre-course study and successful completion of a two-hour examination. The intake for the Advanced SNM course is currently in February each year with a requirement to complete four assignments, attend a three-day contact course and successfully complete a two-hour examination. For further information about both the Intermediate and Advanced SNM, and to register your interest to receive enrolment information, visit the website.