Accredited Person 

A MPI Accredited Person (AP) 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 (APs)

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 (ATF) for air and sea containers must have access to one or more Accredited Person (AP). Having a member of your own team approved by MPI as an Accredited Person (AP) helps you to avoid delays and potentially additional 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.

Accredited Person Online Course

The Accredited Person online course is 4 hours in duration. 

  • After successful completion of this course, NZBA will issue participants with an Accredited Person training certificate along with a set of instructions that need to be followed to become an MPI Accredited Person

The course consists of learning activities via webinar. Candidates must have access to:


  • a good quality, stable internet connection

  • a laptop or desktop computer

  • a web cam and microphone

A private training establishment granted registration by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

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9E Beatrice Tinsley Crescent
Albany, Auckland 0632

New Zealand

​Phone: 09 447 1998

All prices are in New Zealand dollars and exclude GST unless otherwise stated