The purposes of this committee are to organize, facilitate, and lead a functioning committee of NAISMA members whose purpose is to accomplish the professional development objectives set by the NAISMA Board of Directors. The committee will provide the membership with opportunities to identify gaps in professional development opportuniites that NAISMA may be able to provide in order to further the NAISMA mission of promoting and empowering invasive species management in North America.

This committee is also responsible for the Certified Manager of Invasive Plants Committee and the tasks associated with that program which include: Development of the exam, coordinate and administer the NAISMA certification CMIP exam, approve the applications of those desiring to sit for the exam, grading the exam, notifying applicants if they have passed or must retake the exam, approving the continuing education of all certified managers, tracking the CEU's for all passing the exam.

2016 Goals:

  • Reviewing the CMIP program and updating the program
  • Provide valuable services for membership
  • Evaluation of a new professional designation program
  • Holding educational webinars for the membership
  • Improve professional images of the invasive species management profession

Committee Members

 Julie Knudson, Kelly Cooley, and Stephanie Naftal