PI-005: Chapter 5 - Seed Potato Crop Inspection
3.1 Training for Crop Inspection
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In order to qualify to perform seed potato crop inspection, the inspector must have completed the appropriate training which includes but is not limited to the following:
- Become familiar with the Seeds Regulations Part II - Seed Potatoes, C.R.C., c.1400 and directives related to the seed potato program, including the PI-005: Seed Potato Manual.
- Have participated in the national seed potato training session e.g.: Ridgetown.
- For new inspectors, participation at the Ridgetown training is mandatory (preferably within their first two years of working in the program).
- For experienced inspectors (more than three years of experience), participation every 5 years for a refresher is recommended. Also, participation as a leader is recommended as a developmental opportunity for inspectors with extensive experience.
- The two first years of crop inspection must be done in collaboration with a senior/mentor inspector. (mentoring/shadowing process).
- The first year of potato crop inspection must be done accompanied by an experienced inspector.
- During the second year of potato field inspection, the inspector should be under periodic surveillance and mentoring by an experienced inspector.
- When scheduled, participate in training session planned by the Operations Branch and the Policy and Program Branch before the crop inspection season starts.
- Prior to doing seed potato crop inspections on their own, newly trained inspectors should undergo a regional evaluation to ensure they are qualified to conduct the inspection by themselves.
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