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Seed Sampling and Phytosanitary Inspector Training

Cost: $820 + GST per person

Course overview

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Course overview

Seed Sampling

This course teaches the basic skills of seed sampling. Participants will learn how to draw samples from officially certified seed lines for the purposes of obtaining official purity and germination certificates

Phytosanitary Inspector

This course teaches the basic skills of phytosanitary inspection. Participants will learn how to draw samples and inspect seed intended for export in order to gain plant health certification. Upon successful completion of the course attendees will also be able to carry out post-inspection product security inspections on seed lines being relocated from a seed store. You must be part of a MPI approved system for the store where sampling has occurred. 

Course Length

1 day seed sampler course
2 day seed sampler and phytosanitary Inspector Training

What is covered?

  • What is Biosecurity?
  • Legislation relating to Biosecurity
  • Testing of your company’s RORP plan
  • Seed lot uniformity
  • Varietal certification
  • The processes and actions involved in the seed sampling process
  • Obtaining up to date Importing Country’s Phytosanitary Requirements (ICPRs)
  • The processes and actions involved in the phytosanitary process
  • Post inspection seed lot(s) security

Key benefits

  • Understand the processes involved in seed sampling and phytosanitary
  • Learn how to fill in appropriate paperwork and what it means to you
  • Train with a NZQA recognised Private Training Establishment (PTE)

Who should attend?

Anyone wishing to become a seed sampling officer or phytosanitary inspector.


Before being approved for a Full Authority, you will need to complete the following:

  • Seed Sampling Officer
    One proficiency audit in the form of a multi choice test at the end of the course, followed by one competency audit. You will also need to update your company’s MPI approved system within five days of the change.
  • Phytosanitary Inspector
    No proficiency is required but you will need one competency audit and your company’s MPI approved system will need to be updated within five days of the change.
    Following proficiency and competency audits you will be audited two or three times per year depending on your seed store’s operating period.


1 day Seed Sampling Only - $520 + GST per person

2 day Seed Sampling and Phytosanitary Inspector Training - $820 + GST per person

Entry Requirements


There is no prerequisite for attending the course, however, to operate in either of these roles you must be listed as a Seed Sampling Officer or Phytosanitary Inspector under any companies you sample/inspect for.

English Proficiency

All students are required to have a level of written and oral English equivalent to IELTS 5.5 or higher to be eligible to attend the courses. The person responsible for making bookings or authorising attendance on the course must agree to this entry requirement. 

Please note that evidence of English language proficiency is exempt for those trainees whose enrolment has been organised, paid or required by their employer.

Age requirements - You will be required to be 18 years old or older to be able to enrol into our courses.

Learning Support

Please contact our team in advance if you have any special learning needs or additional support is required on the day.  Trainees with literacy concerns may request a reader/writer support for non-unit standard based training.


Note: Currently this course is only available to domestic students. Please contact us if you are not a domestic student and would like to register your interest in this course.