BBBO has hosted twelve bander certification sessions sponsored by the North American Banding Council (NABC). For experienced banders, certification confirms that you have knowledge and skills required to be a leading member of the banding community.
Announcement for Fall 2016 NABC Certification Session
The North American Banding Council (NABC) will be holding a Certification Session for passerines on September 9-11, 2016 at Powdermill Avian Research Center (PARC). Testing will be available at the bander level for up to six candidates, and at the trainer level for up to three candidates. If space permits, candidates will also be accepted at the assistant bander level; contact Andrea Patterson for more information.
Bander-level 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. Candidates not yet bander certified may apply for both the bander and trainer candidate positions, and will be evaluated for trainer based on first passing the bander certification at this session. Trainer candidates should note that we will be field testing a new trainer evaluation protocol; up-to-date information on expectations and procedures will be sent at the time of application or upon request.
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 August 20 to Andrea Patterson, 144 Greystone Lane #24, Rochester, NY 14618; phone 585-490-5361. Please include a CV detailing past experiences banding landbirds and extracting birds from mistnets, including approximate numbers of birds and species handled, number of seasons, etc. Accepted candidates will be notified no later than August 25.
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. Checks or money orders should be made out to Andrea Patterson, and sent with the application.
Fall 2015 NABC Certification Session