Meet the Team behind the Registered Soil Practitioner Training and Accreditation
Soil Science Australia has dedicated team members delivering the new Registered Soil Practitioner (RSP) Training and Accreditation. RSP is being rolled out as part of the Enhancing Soil Education and Expertise Program, part of the National Soil Strategy, with the support of the Australian Government. The team includes:
- Felicity Harrop, Training Manager (Enhancing Soil Education and Expertise program)
- Salirian Claff, Accreditation Manager (Enhancing Soil Education and Expertise program)
Felicity Harrop, Training Manager
A passionate agricultural educator, building the capacity of landholders and agricultural professionals to support the adoption of sustainable agricultural management practices to protect and improve our greatest resource – soil.
I have 30 years experience in agricultural extension across all industries and states, with landholder groups, the University of New England, Bendigo Tafe and the North Central CMA. Most recently I managed a soil extension project for the Soil CRC (co-funded through the National Landcare Programs Smart Farms Building Landcare Community Capacity program), establishing and managing three Soil Community of Practice groups across Australia, building their technical capacity for improved soil management. The project successfully increased the soil knowledge and technical capacity of 30 grower group and NRM project officers to deliver soil health information to farmers. The extensive networks established by these communities has enabled them to share their knowledge and promote the adoption of improved soil management practices in the broader farming community.
I am looking forward to working with Soil Science Australia and the branches to enhance soil education and expertise through the delivery of accredited training programs including the Registered Soil Practitioner accreditation. The National Soil Strategy Education, Training and Accreditation Program will ensure that those engaged with providing practical and scientifically valid advice to farmers and other land managers are appropriately qualified to give advice.
Dr Salirian Claff, Accreditation Manager
A keen interest in acid sulfate soils in general, and acid sulfate soil chemistry in particular, lead to a PhD looking at trace meta mobilisation, and from there working in a makeshift lab in the back of the greenhouse, looking at rice root-iron interactions, and the impact on zinc uptake.
From here Salirian decided to change direction – undertaking the decidedly more social Master of Science Communication.
Touring with the Questacon Science Circus, Salirian spent time working in school outreach, then leapfrogged into lecturing at Monash University, where the focus was education, climate science and society.
Salarian now turns her now her focus to SSA, and the Accreditation Program, and looks forward to working with everyone.
Juliette Greenway, Training and Accreditation Administration Officer
I am happy to be on board as the new Training and Accreditation Administration Officer for the Enhancing Soil Education and Expertise project.
I have worked, administered and facilitated training in a broad range of Queensland soil dependent industries.
Looking forward to contributing as part of the SSA team and meeting members, learning more about Australian soils and along the way!