NAISMA’s Online Invasive Species Management Training Program

NAISMA’s Online Invasive Species Management Training Program is designed to provide the education needed for professionals and students who are managing or learning to manage invasive species.

Courses provide the most current invasive species identification, control, and management techniques and comply with local and federal regulations:

  • Choose from 6 Courses
  • Completion of ISM 110 or successful test-out is required to take upper level courses
  • Courses can be taken one or two at a time
  • Students may register and start courses at anytime so that the training program will be made flexible to your schedule.
  • The average time required for each course is approximately 1-2 hours per week
  • Upon completion of the six courses, students will receive a Certificate of Invasive Species Management from NAISMA.


Efforts to control invasive species are often piecemeal and under-funded. Compounding the problem is a lack of trained field specialists to lead/assist with control and management efforts. People seeking invasive species management positions usually have training in biology, forestry, agronomy, or related fields – but generally no training or field experience in controlling invasive species.

In response to this need, NAISMA is offering a unique college-level online professional development program to train Invasive Species Field Specialists. The program provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of ISM (Invasive Species Management) – including strategies and methods for Prevention, Early Detection and Rapid Response, and Control.

The Summer 2019 Online Training Program will begin on Monday, June 10, 2019, and end on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. NEW this year: Students may register and enroll at anytime. The training program will be flexible to students’ individual schedules. 

Online Invasive Species Management Training Program Developers, Directors, and Instructors:

  • Dr. Randy Westbrooks (U.S. Federal ISM Prevention Specialist – 1979-2012)
  • Rebecca Westbrooks (ENV Science and Biology Instructor – Southeastern Community College, Whiteville, NC – 1989-2015).

Pesticide Applicator CEU credits are now available for ISM courses from many states including CA, CO, ID, MT, SC, UT, and WY with expected credits from AZ, OR, SD, WA, and the province of AB. The Society of American Foresters (SAF) credits (14 credits for each ISM course) have also been approved.

Curriculum & Course Descriptions