A MPI Accredited Person is at the front line of biosecurity, playing a key role in maintaining New Zealand free from unwanted pests and diseases associated with imported sea containers. Since April 2018, air containers are also required to be checked by MPI Accredited Persons.
MPI Accredited Persons (APs) are responsible for effectively checking and managing contamination risks associated with imported air and sea containers.
All Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI - formerly MAF) Approved Transitional Facilities for air and sea containers must have access to one or more APs. Having a member of your own team approved by MPI as an AP helps you to avoid delays and potentially additonal charges when clearing goods.
By the end of the Accredited Person Training, you will be able to:
explain MPI's role and responsibility in relation to biosecurity
identify and describe some unwanted pests and diseases
explain the role and responsibilities of an Accredited Person
check a container
describe the actions to take when you find pests or contamination.
New Zealand Biosecurity Academy provides simple to understand, interactive training for you to become a MPI Accredited Person. We also provide refresher training and supplementary support to assist you in meeting MPI regulatory requirements via our Biosecurity Assistance Programme (BAP).
Please note, a good level of English comprehension is needed, as is a basic level of written English in order to complete the MPI assessment requirements.