COPE Curriculum

Objectives and courses of the COPE training

The COPE in-service training courses are designed with the objective of enhancing participant's knowledge and skills for the development and maintenance of fully functional and effective national Phytosanitary systems. It further enhances harmonized Phytosanitary procedures for improved regional and international agricultural trade while preventing introduction and spread of pests.

The specific objectives of the course are to:

  1. Enhance capacity of national Phytosanitary systems to protect national agriculture from introduction and spread of pests of plants and plant products through trade.
  2. Impart knowledge and skills on the structure, mandate and operations of National Plant Protection Organizations in implementation of Phytosanitary measures.
  3. Increase African countries’ ability to compete in international markets by meeting market requirements.
  4. Enhance awareness and understanding of the national, regional and international legislations, standards and agreements supporting Phytosanitary systems.
  5. Create awareness on international Phytosanitary treaties and standard setting procedures.
  6. Contribute to sustainable crop production and agricultural trade

Target audience

The training courses are intended for local and international participants with varying levels of Phytosanitary capacity and therefore, the facilitators will be expected to give examples and case studies with an international outlook. To maintain this international outlook, COPE secretariat will strive to invite expert facilitators from both local and international institutions. The actual delivery of the courses will be tailored to fit into the requirements of specific clients from the flower industry, vegetable and fruit industry, grain associations, public and private regulatory agencies, agricultural extension & service providers and trainers in agricultural training institutions of higher learning. Therefore, the course duration, composition and specific content of units will be flexible to satisfy the clients’ needs.

The short-term in-service training courses are open to the following local and international participants:

  1. Phytosanitary managers and senior technical staff (heads of national plant quarantine service, heads of laboratories, regional Phytosanitary managers, heads of phytosanitary inspection departments) working in National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs), agricultural extension services, and other governmental regulatory agencies.
  2. Subject matter specialists and technologists such as plant pathologists, seed scientists, entomologists, weed scientists and nematologists working in plant quarantine stations and diagnostic laboratories in NPPOs and other phytosanitary regulatory bodies.
  3. Phytosanitary inspectors and field inspectors working for NPPOs, and other regulatory agencies in Phytosanitary systems.
  4. Private sector actors including exporters and importers, farmers, agronomists, crop protection practitioners and trainers involved in agricultural production and trade.
  5. Trainers from institutions of higher learning involved capacity building in agricultural sciences

Each course unit will have exercises and case studies provided at the end of the course. The indicated exercises and case studies are just a guide to the facilitators and the facilitators and participants will be expected to cover examples from various countries from where the participants will be drawn from. Prior to arrival, the participants will be requested to complete a pre-course questionnaire in order to gauge their level of knowledge. At the end of each course unit, the participants will be subjected to evaluation in the form of written quizzes, reports and group presentations.

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Course Unit
Duration
Mode of Delivery
Assessment
1
21 Hours

Lectures, exercises, group discussions and presentations, role plays
case studies

CATs, quizzes, reports
2
29 Hours

Lectures, field practicals, exercises, group discussions, role plays and presentations, case studies 

CATs, quizzes, reports
3
26 Hours

Lectures, field practicals, exercises, group discussions, role plays and presentations, case studies 

CATs, quizzes, reports
4
40 Hours

Lectures, exercises on use of data bases, group discussions and presentations, practicals, case studies

CATs, quizzes, group reports
5
33 Hours

Lectures,  exercises, group discussions and presentations, field practicals, case studies, field visits

CATs, quizzes, group reports, examination
6
34 Hours

Lectures, laboratory exercises, field visits

CATs, quizzes, reports
7
24 Hours

Lecture, exercises, group discussions presentations, practicals and case studies

CATS, quizzes, group reports
8
11 Hours

Lectures, exercises, group discussions,  presentations and case studies

CATs, group reports
9
23 Hours

Lectures, field visit, exercises, presentations and practicals, case studies

CATs, quizzes, practical and reports
10
11 Hours

Lecture, exercises, group discussions and presentations

CATS, quizzes, group reports
11
9 Hours

Lectures, exercises using PCE software, group discussions and presentations, case studies

Group Reports
12
40 Hours

Lecture, exercises, group discussions and presentations

CATS, quizzes, group reports
13
14 Hours

Lecture, exercises, group discussions and presentations, field visits

CATs, quizzes, reports
14
24 Hours

Lecture, exercises, group discussions and presentations, laboratory exercises

CATs, quizzes, reports
15
40 Hours

Lecture, exercises, group discussions and presentations, laboratory exercises

CATs, quizzes, reports
16
10 Days

Lecture, exercises, group discussions and presentations, laboratory exercises

CATs, quizzes, reports

Training outcomes

At the end of the training course, the participants will:

  1. Understand concepts of Phytosanitary systems
  2. Understand the relevant international treaties and their impact on application of Phytosanitary measures.
  3. Have knowledge of national, regional and international phytosanitary standards and evaluation of national capacity to implement these standards
  4. Have knowledge on the use of the Phytosanitary capacity evaluation tools in strategic planning
  5. Have improved capacity to carry out pest surveillance.
  6. Understand risk and risk based application of Phytosanitary measures.
  7. Understand concepts and procedure for undertaking pest risk analysis (PRA) and its implications for import regulation.
  8. Be able to use relevant software to strengthen decision making in PRA
  9. Have knowledge on import regulation within framework of national bio-security.
  10. Have improved skills in diagnosis and identification of pests of Phytosanitary significance.
  11. Have enhanced capacity to efficiently carry out the management functions of NPPO and implementation of Phytosanitary regulations.
  12. Have increased awareness on private standards and their implications on international agricultural trade
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