AABR accreditation is widely accepted recognition of competency as a bush regenerator and increases your employment prospects. It is awarded to those having shown they posess AABR’s 12 bush regeneration competencies.
A Standard Accreditation application is open to anyone who has completed an AABR-recognised course in bush regeneration and has 500 hours or more practical experience in ecological restoration work (voluntary or paid) under an AABR-recognised supervisor over a period of at least 2 years.
A Non-standard Accreditation application is available for bush-regenerators who feel they have gained the 12 AABR competencies but not completed an AABR-recognised course and have the same extent of field experience (i.e. 500 hours over 2 years ) as a Standard applicant. A field assessment may be required to confirm the competency of the applicant.
Both Standard and Non-standard applications use the same ‘Accreditation application form’ (available on this page) and are asked to fill in the table listing the sites at which their bush regeneration experience has been gained and the table listing any relevant courses.
The annual fee for accreditation of $30 per accredited member ($15 unwaged), supports the administration and promotion of the accreditation system.
Behind the scenes of the Accreditation process
Assessing an applicant for AABR accreditation is a comprehensive process performed by highly experienced volunteer assessors. The assessors are bush regenerators who have extensive industry expertise along with a commitment to maintaining the standards of the bush regeneration industry to ensure the best possible restoration outcomes for the environment.
AABR Assessors are accredited practitioners who have themselves been through an application process to become an Assessor. They are required to observe 1-3 assessments with the Principal Assessor and then be an assistant for 1-2 applications before undertaking an assessment by themselves.
When an application for accreditation is received a regional assessor will review the documentation and determine if the qualifications and field experience are adequate for a Standard Assessment. If the qualifications are from an AABR recognised course and 500hr of experience over two years under an AABR accredited supervisor has been obtained, the application is automatically approved.
If, for a variety of reasons, the knowledge obtained in the qualifications needs to be explored, or the skills gained through field experience need confirming a non-standard assessment is undertaken involving either one or two assessors preferably in the field with phone/Skype options for those applicants that appear to already have the required knowledge and skills, this can be confirmed by a conversation.
Determining an applicant’s merit is not just up to one individual assessor. There is an Accreditation Subcommittee , currently of 6 members, who consider the Principal Assessors report and its recommendations. The Accreditation subcommittee then put forward a recommendation to the AABR committee, currently at 11 members, the majority of whom are accredited practitioners themselves.
As you can see it is quite a rigorous process and because of this AABR Accreditation is highly regarded within the bush regeneration community and by contractors and land managers.
Why get Accreditation?
“I’m so excited to be able to even apply for Bushcare/Regenerator accreditation, as we don’t have anything like this in my state. I have wanted my industry to get something together for many years because I consider Bushcare or Bush Regeneration skills to be extremely unique and technical” – Wendy Maddocks ,Balanced Habitats
” I became accredited when working as a bush regenerator in the early 2000s. I have maintained my accreditation over the years as I have found it really useful when applying for jobs. Even though I no longer work on ground in my day to day life, accreditation means I can clearly demonstrate my on the ground experience which is valued by employers as a back ground to environmental community engagement and management roles.” – Vanessa