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National Certification Scheme for Farm Enviornment Plan Advisors


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RFx ID : 22071434
Tender Name : National Certification Scheme for Farm Enviornment Plan Advisors
Reference # : 20988
Open Date : Tuesday, 10 December 2019 4:30 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)
Close Date : Monday, 10 February 2020 3:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)
Tender Type : Request for Proposals (RFP)
Tender Coverage : Sole Agency  [?]
Categories :
  • 70000000 - Farming and Fishing and Forestry and Wildlife Contracting Services
  • 86000000 - Education and Training Services
  • New Zealand
Exemption Reason : None
Required Pre-qualifications : None
Contact : Anna Long
04 894 0616
Alternate Physical Delivery Address  :
Alternate Physical Fax Number  :


Farm environment plans (FEPs) are becoming increasingly important as a vehicle for delivery of producer actions that demonstrate they have identified risks on their property to water quality, and have identified actions that can be taken to minimize those risks. There is also increasing interest by government and primary industry bodies in using farm environment plans to help address fresh water management.

We are looking for a Provider to implement the certification scheme and associated competency framework developed by New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management (NZIPIM) to certify farm environment plan advisors. This national scheme will, at least initially, fulfil the requirements for certification of fresh water farm environment plan advisors, with recognition that some enhancements will likely be needed as the scheme is implemented.

What we need
The Provider of the proposed scheme will ensure that the certification process for advisors is robust and maintained to achieve high standards of competent advisors. The Provider must understand the rural professional/primary industry advisor sector, environmental issues, national legislation and regional sector requirements for producers (farmers, growers and foresters) to develop farm environment plans, as well as have experience and expertise in competency-based assessment schemes.

A bit about us
MPI provides policy and regulatory advice, market access and trade services, and manages major regulatory systems of biosecurity, food safety, forestry, fisheries management, and animal welfare. MPI also has strong relationships with other government agencies, primarily within the economic, border, and natural resources sectors. With the New Zealand economy set to grow, MPI's important role in leading, regulating, and enabling the primary sectors will only increase.

This RFP is a partnership between central government (MPI and MFE), regional councils, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ (B+LNZ). We have an interest in getting credible primary industry advisors who can assist farmers and growers, and provide information to industry and regulatory authorities.