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Water Security Agency

Qualified Persons (QP) Training Courses

Qualified Persons Training Courses

  • Introductory Qualified Persons (QP) Training Course
  • Agricultural Drainage Application Mapping (ADAM) Course
  • The Art of Influential Communication Course
  • Point of Adequate Outlet Course

Introductory Qualified Persons (QP) Training Course

The Introductory Qualified Persons (QP) Training course is designed to ensure qualified persons have the skills they need to work as a QP.

The purpose of this course is to provide QPs with the knowledge and tools to help agricultural producers better integrate climate change considerations into agriculture water management decision-making, and to help producers adapt to and mitigate the impacts of a changing climate. The course will consist of five three-hour virtual online workshops delivered over two weeks, as well as online training materials, including e-modules, e-workbooks and videos. The course consists of six half-day virtual sessions offered over a three-week period or in a one-week intensive course, as well as online training materials, including e-modules, e-workbooks and videos.

The course will continue to include introductory concepts that are important to ensure QPs have the appropriate skills and knowledge necessary to assist in the continued growth and resiliency of the agricultural sector. However, learners will now also learn about how to use WSA’s ADAM (Agricultural Drainage Application Mapping) software to map wetlands and drainage works within the Intro QP training Course. The new ADAM will have both asynchronous and virtual components, and it will also give attendees the chance to use ADAM to run through a case study network.

The course is targeted at professionals who have related knowledge and experience equivalent to an undergraduate degree. This is typically professionals who have a P.Ag, P.Eng., or A.Sc.T. designation; however, other professionals with experience in this area are also welcomed to take the course. After the completion of the Introductory QP Training course, a certificate will be awarded that is endorsed by the Water Security Agency and Southeast College.

Spring classes for Introductory Qualified Persons Training have been suspended until further notice.

Point of Adequate Outlet Course (Pre-requisite is the ADAM Course)

The purpose of this course is to provide participants with:

  • An explanation of key technical concepts required to determine the Point of Adequate Outlet (PAO).
  • A generalized approach for hydrological assessment of the PAO.
  • Step by step instructions procedures for determination of the PAO for a drainage application.
  • An adequate outlet worksheet for submission with an application for drainage works.

Course Dates

The next Point of Adequate Outlet Course will be delivered in June 2024:

Refresher Point of Adequate Outlet course (This course is intended for people who have previously taken the Point of Adequate Outlet course before)

  • June 13, 2024 – This course will consist of a one-day in-person session on June 13, 2024, between 10am and 3pm near Esterhazy, SK – exact location to be determined)

Introductory Point of Adequate Outlet course (This course is intended for 1) anyone who has not previously taken the Point of Adequate Outlet course before, and 2) people who haven’t conducted a PAO assessment in the past 2 years)

The delivery of this course consists of three components, including an asynchronous component, a virtual session, and a day in the field.

PAO course Dates:

  • WSA expects attendees to complete the asynchronous component of the course prior to the first virtual session
  • June 10, 2024 – 9am -11am online virtual session to prepare for Field day
  • June 12, 2024 – Field day near Moose Jaw (9am – 3pm)

PAO course Dates:

  1. WSA expects attendees to complete the asynchronous component of the course prior to the first virtual session
  2. September 20, 2024 – 9am – 11am online virtual session to prepare for Field day
  3. September 26, 2024 – Field day near Yorkton (9am – 3pm)

PAO course Dates:

  1. WSA expects attendees to complete the asynchronous component of the course prior to the first virtual session
  2. October 4, 2024 – 9am – 11am online virtual session to prepare for Field day
  3. October 9, 2024 – Field day near Moose Jaw (9am – 3pm)

Please email Heather Davies (heather.davies@wsask.ca) to register.

The Art of Influential Communication Course (Pre-requisite is the Introductory QP Training Course)

Effective communication is an art, there’s always room to keep learning, growing, and developing your skills. Here are a few of the benefits of developing your communication skills that will help you in your role as a Qualified Person.

During this course you will learn:

  • what drives behaviour to transfer messages and ideas that affect or change how someone thinks, feels, or behaves;
  • negotiation skills; and
  • skills on managing and resolving conflict. This course is asynchronous, allowing you to complete it when it works for you.

This course is 100 per cent online and allows you to learn on your own schedule, when it works best for you. It is estimated to take approximately 1.5 hours to complete this course.

How to register

  • Go to https://www.southeastcollege.org/courses/the-art-of-influential-communication/
    • Click on the Register (green button) in the left panel of the webpage
      • This will take you to the Checkout: Step 1
        • Click on the Complete Registration! (green button) in the left panel of the webpage
        • Fill in your registration information
        • Click on the Proceed to Payment button at bottom of webpage (note: This course is free).
          • A pop-up box will appear with your reference number – click Hide

How to log in

Existing user:

  • Username: Initial of your first name followed by your last name (e.g., bsmith)
  • Password: You should use your current password. If you have trouble logging in (e.g., you forgot your password), you can phone Southeast College toll free at 1-866-999-7372 and they will reset your password or help you log in.

Note: If you would like to register for The Art of Influential Communication Course, but you have NOT taken the Intro to QP Training Course through Southeast College, please contact Heather Davies at heather.davies@wsask.ca for further direction.

AgH2Onward (No prerequisite)

The Water Security Agency invites you to join an online 2½ hour AgH2Onward workshop that will explore how to adapt to climate change and the water challenges facing the agriculture sector.  THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE.

The workshop will focus on:

  • WSA’s Agricultural Water Management Strategy and how it is designed to improve the livelihood of producers
  • Tools for agricultural water management and to improve farm efficiency and profitability
  • How to be better stewards of the land
  • Decision making and ways to work together to reduce conflict
  • How to secure a drainage approval that can be transferred to the next generation or with the land title if the land is sold

Click here to register for the March 5, 2024, AgH2Onward Workshop that will be held between 9:00am – 11:30am

Click here to register for the March 27, 2024, AgH2Onward Workshop that will be held between 1:00pm – 3:30pm

This event is an opportunity to discuss water management topics that affect Saskatchewan producers.

If you have questions or comments about the event, you may send an email to agh2onward@gmail.com

For a sneak peak of some of the course materials please go to: https://www.agh2onward.ca/

We’d really appreciate your help spreading the word, so please feel free to share the event with your neighbours, colleagues and networks.