This principles and best practice course provides an overview of weeds, their impact, and the control, inventory and monitoring methods DOC uses.


This course provides an overview of managing weeds. It outlines:

  • the impact of weeds
  • planning for their control
  • control options
  • surveillance
  • herbicide trials
  • control methods and use of herbicides
  • use of labels and safety data sheets
  • reporting
  • where to find information
  • working with the public.

It also covers monitoring methods most commonly used by DOC, including a mark and map field exercise.

This course is for anyone who works or wants to work or volunteer in weed management, including:

  • regional council staff
  • volunteers
  • members of community groups, trusts and funding recipients.

It is a 2 ½ day course split between classroom and field activities.It is assessment-based and a specified level of competence must be achieved to pass the course. Successful completion of the course and achievement of the learning outcomes counts toward the National Certificate in Conservation (Level 4).

Learning outcomes:

  • discuss why to undertake environmental weed control
  • discuss approaches to weed management
  • discuss planning for weed management and weed management processes
  • record basic details of daily work, results achieved and report on surveillance
  • discuss a range of weed control methods
  • explain and demonstrate the principles of monitoring. 


You need to have completed three online courses:

How to enrol

This DOC field skills course is delivered and administered by Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) in partnership with DOC. For course dates, costs and venues, and how to enrol visit the NMIT website.

Arrangements can be made to hold the course at venues throughout New Zealand for groups of 8 or more – for more information contact NMIT.

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