Why be an NPDN First Detector?

The risks that face our agricultural and ornamental industries as well as our natural ecosystems and the impact that exotic pests and diseases can have on our crop biosecurity, we need as many people as possible monitoring for exotic plant pests, plant diseases, and weeds.

Upon completion of NPDN First Detector Training Course, you will be able to:

  • Successfully submit diagnostic samples to your local plant diagnostic clinics and understand how the information regarding a newly detected invasive pest is transmitted to the various agencies.
  • Become familiar with some national and/or local pests of concern and be able to monitor for them
  • Receive the bimonthly First Detector newsletter via email
  • Obtain a certificate of completion and CEUs
  • Receive local and/or regional updates from NPDN state and regional coordinators as information is available.

In addition, you will be able to receive further training in specialized topics as they are developed.