The suite of EUROWA modular courses, developed by the EUROWA project partners, build on the basic training created in 2012-2013 for initial first aid of oiled wildlife via the POSOW (Preparedness for Oil-polluted Shoreline cleanup and Oiled Wildlife interventions) project.
The new EUROWA courses include four additional levels (ADVANCED, SPECIALIST, SECTION HEAD, and MANAGER) each produced in a modular form and consisting of a combination of online testing prior to admission to any of the higher level training courses, and course packages which combine lectures, hands-on training, skill labs, exercises and evaluation of individual skills.
The four training levels
The ADVANCED course level positioned immediately above the POSOW course level (which produces BASIC responders according to EUROWA terminology), aims to create a pool of personnel who can provide advanced care to oiled wildlife following standard protocols and independent from supervision. Individuals who qualify as ADVANCED responders can train personnel at the BASIC responder level. ADVANCED Responders provide a solid layer of high-level capabilities on the work floor during a response.
The SPECIALIST performs the highest technical function on the work floor. True SPECIALIST qualification cannot be obtained via a one-off course of a few days as people in this position must be able to create a safe and efficient environment on the work floor, ensure that each department in a facility is functional and productive, and contribute to the overall objectives of the facility as a whole. It is, therefore, a function requiring life-long learning and constant upgrading of skills. This is reflected in the concepts and qualification requirements that have been developed as part of the EUROWA project, including literature reviews, skill labs, and exercises. A separate path has been developed within this suite for training VETERINARIANS to become specialised in providing for the unique needs of oil-affected wildlife.
The MANAGER course materials take a similar approach to that of the SPECIALIST and include lectures, skill labs, and a range of exercises. Here also it must be understood that a true MANAGER qualification cannot be obtained via a one-off course of a few days but requires a life-long revisiting of knowledge, skills, and experience via lectures, skill labs, and a whole range of exercise models that have been defined under the EUROWA project.
The SECTION HEAD level (also a managerial role) training also utilises some of the materials developed for the MANAGER level training can be accessed by individuals who have qualified as an ADVANCED responder.
International mobilisation and the future use of EUROWA training packages
Last but not least, the specialised EUROWA Team packages are available to individuals who qualify to be considered as part of an international mobilisation (SPECIALIST, SECTION HEAD, MANAGER). These packages provide additional training directed towards the four functions that are considered for such a mobilisation: Module Team Leader, Module Technical Director, Module Team Member and the Module Duty Manager.
In function of the future use of this material, a database has been developed by Sea Alarm that allows for documentation of modular training materials, designing of courses with those materials, assignment of qualifications for course completion, and central registration of individuals who have successfully qualified. In this way, quality control is guaranteed and a EUROWA qualification granted to an individual is only valid when the qualification has been registered in this database.
The EUROWA project organisations aim to provide these courses to interested persons in Europe after the end of the EUROWA project. Further details will be published in 2017 on this site.