Introduces a NEW curriculum:
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Are you interested in learning how to run
Water Quality at a Koi Show?
Quarantine without a filter?
This K.O.I. Specialist Program may be for YOU!
K.O.I. Specialists are people who have passed a series of courses that provided symbiotic knowledge about one aspect of Koi keeping.
A Specialist may also be a Certified Koi Keeper with generalized knowledge about Koi Heath. Or, a Specialist may be someone that is only interested in one aspect of Koi Health, and has no other certifications. A person may have several Specialist certifications.
A K.O.I. Certified Koi Keeper that is in good standing is only required to take any additional courses that they have not already taken in order to become certified as a Specialist. A Specialist in good standing is only required to take any additional courses that they have not already taken in order to become a Certified Koi Keeper.
To maintain certification, a K.O.I. Show Water Quality Specialist must complete the courses, use the recommended procedures and maintain the continuing education requirements all as specified by Koi Organisation International, Inc. (K.O.I). The Show Water Quality Specialist Courses are designed to present a method of preparation for Koi shows, how to maintain water quality during a show, how to deal with emergencies and how to safely arrange to ship Koi home. Techniques detailed in this course can be used to provide excellent water quality while Koi are being held for any reason in quarantine.
This Specialty requires an internship. The intern works under the direction of a K.O.I. Certified Koi Show Water Quality Instructor at an actual Koi Show, and must demonstrate their knowledge and proficiency to the instructor before achieving Specialist Certification, which qualifies them to now be the Water Quality Manager at any Koi Show in the USA.
All Specialists will require 7 CE credits to be obtained every 2 years in order to maintain that certification. Credits for multiple certifications are additive – e.g., a person that is a Certified Koi Keeper and a K.O.I. Biology Specialist will require 22 CE credits every 2 years in order to maintain those certifications.
The K.O.I. Show Water Quality Specialist Courses may be purchased as a package deal for only $250 (that’s a $55 savings over buying the courses individually!) from the K.O.I. store at a bundled discount. If you’ve already taken one of these courses, credit may be applied to the Specialist Certification by contacting Kevin Fuess (email@example.com).
More About K.O.I. Certified Specialists
If you don’t want to commit to the full Certified Koi Keeper curriculum but do have a specific area of interest, then the Koi Organisation International Specialist Program may be for YOU!
K.O.I. Specialists pass a minimum of four K.O.I. courses relating to one specific aspect of the Koi hobby. They achieve a Specialist Certification. In order to maintain that Certification, they are require to obtain 7 CE credits every 2 years (One CE credit is approximately equal to one hour of time either teaching or learning more about their specialty – see details in the CE area of the K.O.I. website).
A student wishing to define their own specialty may select 4 or more courses, create a title and then submit their proposal to Karen Pattist (firstname.lastname@example.org) for approval.
K.O.I. seeks to partner with other groups who specialize in areas of the Koi hobby. Any group that believes they have material that may be used as a K.O.I. course is encouraged to contact Karen Pattist (email@example.com) to discuss the creation of new K.O.I. courses, Specialists and Certifications.