NABC Certification

On behalf of the Eastern Bird Banding Association, BBBO has served as host for eleven North American Banding Council
(NABC) certification sessions. For experienced banders, certification confirms that you have knowledge and skills required to run a station in a way that is safe, ethical and accurate.

Occasionally, BBBO is able to offer the opportunity for individual candidates to be evaluated by local certified trainers, outside of a formally organized certification session. For more information, contact Andrea Patterson.

Announcement for 2019 Session:

The North American Banding Council (NABC) will be holding a Certification Session for passerines on October 4-6, 2019 at Powdermill Avian Research Center (PARC). Testing will be available at the assistant, bander, and trainer levels. Applicants must pass written and field exams to be NABC-certified.

Candidates are encouraged to contact an NABC trainer as early as possible to proctor the written exam portion of the certification before to coming to PARC; however, for those not able to do so, the exam may be taken at PARC by prior arrangement. Trainer candidates who have previously passed bander certification need not retake the written exam if they obtained a grade of 90 or better in the last five years.

Applications and information, including the Expectations for Bander-level Candidates, may be obtained from the NABC website at http://www.nabanding.net/certification-process/.  Applications should be submitted no later than September 10 to

Annie Lindsay

To apply, please include the following: 1) your complete CV detailing your experience extracting birds from mist nets and banding/processing landbirds, including approximate number of birds and species handled, number of seasons, etc., 2) your completed application, 3) written exam score and name of trainer who proctored the exam (if you’ve already taken it), 4) your contact information. Accepted candidates will be notified no later than September 14. If possible, do not wait until the deadline to apply – early applications are preferred.

Once accepted, candidates will be responsible for the testing fee of $35/level, as well as an additional $35 for meals and expenses. Those wishing to stay on site may do so for an additional $35/night.

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