FAQ for NPIP Workshops

1. How does one register for an NPIP authorized workshop?
Registration for the workshop will take place first through invitation only, approximately two months prior to the workshop dates. Laboratories on the priority list will be invited to register first via e-mail. Registration form and instructions will be included.
2. Who needs to attend the workshop?
Individuals from NPIP authorized laboratories who are due for training are required to attend per the NPIP authorized laboratory requirements in 147.52. For example, laboratories which last sent an individual to complete training in 2012 are due for an employee to receive training in 2016.
3. If I don't receive an e-mail invitation, can I still register for the workshop?
You may still register after the priority registration period, which usually lasts for two weeks. Please check the NPIP website at http://www.poultryimprovement.org for updates for workshops and check your email for important NPIP workshop announcements.
4. What is priority status?
Priority status is recognition of certain laboratories which are offered the chance to register for the workshops first. Priority status is earned by either being due naturally for training or by having gone through or anticipating a significant change in laboratory staffing or testing (retirement, maternity leave, new test offered, etc.) that would otherwise leave the laboratory non-compliant. If the laboratory has had or anticipates an event or change that would prevent compliance, the director can contact the NPIP for a contingency form.
5. How is it handled if there has been a change in personnel who is scheduled to attend the workshop?
To address these concerns, NPIP has a contingency plan in case your laboratory needs to send an individual to the next training but does not have priority status. The Laboratory Director must contact NPIP for a workshop contingency form. The lab must have a specific need that would otherwise endanger the ability to remain compliant with the CFR. For registrants that are already set to come to the next workshop, substitutions will be allowed on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the NPIP if a substitution for a workshop registrant needs to be made.
6. How much does the workshop cost?
7. What does the $500.00 cover?
It includes all lectures, wet labs, and materials for the workshop, breakfasts, lunches and snacks during the workshop, transportation to and from the hotel and university site, and a dinner banquet on the final night of the workshop at which time student certificates for successful course completion are awarded. The fee does not include dinner on the first night (or on the second night for our 3-day workshops), hotel accommodations, or travel to and from the airport.
8. If the dates of the workshop are on March 1 and 2, 2016, for example, when should I arrive?
We suggest that you plan to arrive the day before the start date of the workshop and plan to depart on the day after the end date of the workshop.
9. If I am not able to attend this workshop, will there be a waiting list for another workshop?
There will be no waiting list.
10. How many workshops are planned per year and what happens if I cannot attend?
Most years, the NPIP will host between 3-5 workshops, which are generally 1 Mycoplasma Workshop, 1-2 Avian Influenza Workshops, and 1-2 Salmonella Workshops. If you cannot attend one year, you will either need to send a substitute to meet compliance requirements or you will need to request a Workshop Contingency form to attend a different workshop. These will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and approved or denied according to situation and space availability.
11. Can my laboratory send more than one individual when it's my priority year?
NPIP conducted a survey in 2015 among authorized laboratories. The results of this survey led to the planning of the number of workshops for the future. The number is based on laboratories meeting the CFR requirement, which is one technician every four years. Your laboratory may or may not be able to send an additional person when it is your laboratory's priority year and will be dependent on how many other laboratories require training that year.
12. How many slots are available for this training?
20 to 30 slots may be available, depending on the location of the workshop.
13. How does an attendee provide proof of attendance?
Each student must earn a workshop certificate, which is typically provided at a banquet on the final evening of the workshop. Students must complete all components of the workshop, including participation in lectures and laboratories, to successfully earn a certificate.
14. Can students receive veterinary continuing education credits for this workshop?
Currently we are not offering veterinary continuing education credits for any workshops.
15. Are the workshops always located in Georgia?
No. Traditionally, we have hosted workshops at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center in Athens, GA and will continue using this venue in the future. However, to meet the demand for workshops in other locations, we are partnering with several universities and poultry entities to offer workshops in other states. Other locations where we have hosted workshops include Gainesville, GA; Fayetteville, AR; and West Lafayette, IN. We are also investigating holding future workshops in at least 3 other states.
16. Why can't we have a workshop in my state?
The workshops are a collaborative effort from many people, most of which volunteer time and energy without extra pay or compensation. Additionally, funding, available space and equipment, and other logistics contribute to a successful workshop. Finding the appropriate mix of all necessary components to give students the best experience possible can be a challenge. If you would like to host a workshop in your state, we suggest that you identify key resources for a more thorough discussion with NPIP.
17. Can I change my priority year for when I am naturally due to attend?
Laboratories who wish to change their natural 4-year cycle will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Laboratories that are interested in changing the 4-year cycle for when they are naturally due for technician training (e.g., the laboratory technician last attended in 2013 and will be due next in 2017, 2021, etc. but the lab wishes to change the cycle to 2016, 2020, etc.) should contact the NPIP office.

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