MBI offers a number of training courses aimed at professionals and citizen groups alike. MBI has conducted technically intensive personalized trainings for many years, and offers a wide range of high quality courses for anyone interested in increasing their knowledge and skills in aquatic resource ecology and evaluation. We believe that when environmental and conservation professionals are fully informed, better decisions about the wise use of resources are made possible.
*Please Note: Ohio EPA adopted revised credible data rules effective March 1, 2021. As a result, there is no longer a stand-alone Level 3 QDC Certification for QHEI. In addition, the rules added Level 3 specialties for Salamanders and Headwater Habitat Evaluation Index (HHEI). We anticipate that new training requirements will be forthcoming from EPA, and MBI hopes to offer training that meets these requirements at that time. Until then, we are not offering our Primary Headwater Habitat Training (PHWH). However, we will continue to offer Level 3 training for Fish/Habitat (QHEI) and Macroinvertebrate/Habitat (QHEI) specialties. We will also continue to offer Level 2 QHEI training and testing as we have in the past.
Our educational offerings cover many aspects of wetland, stream, and river monitoring and bioassessment, including courses that provide certification as Level 2 and Level 3 Qualified Data Collectors.
The QHEI is a tool used to assess the habitat quality of streams and rivers. Originally developed for use in Ohio, the QHEI is now broadly used in other states.
ORAM is used in Ohio's wetland permitting program to categorize wetlands for permit reviews and is also an excellent rapid assessment tool for determining wetland ecological condition.
Vegetation Index of Biotic Integrity (VIBI) and Vegetation Index of Biotic Integrity-Floristic Quality (VIBI-FQ) Monitoring Protocols training to fully prepare attendees for their wetland plant community assessment work.