NPDN First Detector Modules Required To Become a Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Pest First Detector
The First Detectors program is part of the National Plant Diagnostic Network – NPDN (http://www.npdn.org). To access the four NPDN modules you will need to create a First Detector volunteer account. Doing so puts you under no further obligation.
1. Go to the NPDN training and education web page ( http://firstdetector.org )
2. On left hand column scroll down to ‘Training Site Login’ and click.
3. The NPDN training and education web page opens. On the page click on ‘Create New Account’ and follow the instructions. An email will be sent to you with an ‘activation link.’ Your account will not be set up until you click on that link in the email you receive (be sure to check your email junk or spam folder for the email).
If you are having trouble creating a new account, try a different web browser (if using Explorer try FireFox for example).
4. Once your account is activated, follow steps 1 and 2 above. Enter the Username and Password you have have chosen to open the NPDN E - Learning Modules page. Complete the following Crop Biosecuirty Course modules (top row) and associated test (second row) by clicking on their name:
- Mission of the NPDN
- Monitoring for High-Risks Pests
- Diagnosing Plant Problems
- Submitting Diagnostic Samples
Once you exit a module you may need to re log-in to reach the E-Learning page with the modules and tests. (some modules exit' buttons take you to a similar looking overview page that does not have access to the modules and tests).
Each module includes text, graphics and links to more information and a few questions. complete the not difficult 'test'- really a quiz - after going through each module.
You may complete other modules if you wish.