Welcome to the North Dakota Weed Control Association (NDWCA)Self Study Course for new county weed board members, weed officers and employees. Individuals completing the course by working through each module and submitting  a completed quiz for each module with a passing score of 85% or greater will receive a certificate of completion from the North Dakota Weed Control Association.



Course Syllabus

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Overview of on-line learning

The advantage of an online course is the ability to access it from any location at any time. Weed officers and weed board members are widely scattered across the state. Many are part-time and have other jobs or occupations which are limiting factors for attendance at meetings and live training sessions.  Information learned in an on-line course can help make the most of limited resources and time. This course is not intended to replace live training and learning opportunities and should be considered a supplement to other opportunities offered by the North Dakota Department of Ag, the North Dakota State University Extension Service, and the ND Weed Control Association.

Questions relating to the course can be emailed to the course author at anytime. Participants are encouraged to join the Noxious weeds list-serve hosted by the North Dakota Department of Ag and to make use of this list-serve for submitting questions and information relating to noxious weed control so we can all continue to learn. To join the listserv email ndda@state.nd.us

The practice quizzes are an important part of this on-line course which can provide you with immediate feedback about your progress through the course. They can be repeated as often or as many times as you like. Although each quiz is only ten questions long there will be additional questions added to the database over time. The questions in the quizzes are presented randomly so you may see different questions each time you take a practice quiz.

Course Overview

This online course consists of 5 modules, designed to provide a new weed officer or weed board member with a general introduction to North Dakota weed law, noxious and new invasive weeds, plant id terminology, weed management, mapping and other duties.

Each of the five study modules will provide you with specific information relating to the completion of that module. Some modules may be easily completed in a single afternoon or evening. Other modules may take three to four afternoons or evenings to complete.

 A practice quiz and a submittable quiz are located on the homepage for each module. The practice quiz is designed to provide you with immediate feedback relating to the learning goals of the module. The submittable quizzes will provide the NDWCA education committee with a record of your progress through the course.

Learning Outcomes

Module 1-ND Weed Law: The participant will exhibit familiarity with ,and understanding of, the North Dakota Century Code Chapter 63-01.1, including the responsibilities of landowners, weed officers and weed boards and the jurisdictions of weed boards.

Module 2-Id & Biology: The participant will exhibit familiarity with the 12 plants currently on the state noxious weed list and the key identifying factors of each. Participants will understand the concept of new invasive weeds and become familiar with concepts and terms used to describe and identify plants.

Module 3-Management and Control: Participants will understand the difference between control and eradication. Participants will understand the concept of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Participants will understand the four methods of weed control, mechanical, cultural, chemical and biological and recognize the primary pros and cons of each.

Module 4-Mapping: Participants will understand the benefits of mapping and be familiar with the tools which can be used for mapping. Participants will exhibit understanding of the pros and cons of the tools presented in the module.

Module 5-Administration: Participants will become familiar with the similarities and differences of weed officers duties across the state. Participants will understand how local resources can be adapted to serve  local needs and issues while meeting the requirements of state law.

Course Structure

Because of the dual purpose of this website as a reference site and a study course each of the main content sections is accessible directly from the main navigation bar at the top of each page. The main navigation bar also contains a link to the study course main page. The main page of the study course contains general information about the course and the course syllabus, including information about the purpose and features of the course, on overview of the course learning outcomes, course structure, course use policy, technology requirements and support. The individual course module pages contain the instructions for completing the module, practice quizzes and a quiz to be submitted to the course author and the NDWCA education committee.

ND Noxious and New Invasive Weeds 101

Study Course

Module 1-ND Weed Law: Read the North Dakota Century Code Chapter 63-01.1. Complete the practice quiz and submit the final quiz. A basic understanding of this law is a prerequisite to modules 3 and 5.

Module 2-Id & Biology: Read the weed descriptions on this page and on the links provided in the text. Complete the practice quizes and submit the final quiz. Memorization of this material is not a goal of this course but understanding the growth habits and biology of the weeds featured in this section will help you find solutions to the problems presented in module 3 and those you will encounter on the job.

Module 3-Management and Control: This section is based on a case library documenting problems often faced by a weed control officer and the solutions found in those cases. Course participants will be asked to devise solutions to additional sample problems.

Module 4-Mapping: Weed officers across the state have been asked to describe the tools they use for mapping , what they like or dislike about those tools and relate how they use them. Course participants will review these descriptions and be asked to describe how they might use mapping in their job.

Module 5-Administration: Job descriptions and weed management plans from several counties will be found here. The duties of a weed officer and weed board are described in the North Dakota Century Code Chapter 63-01.1 but the division of those duties and the methods for fullfilling them varies widely from county to county. Participants will review the information provided and be asked to describe  how those duties will be fulfilled in their county.


ND Weed Law

Id & Biology

Management and Control




Course Use and Grading

This course designed and intended for use by weed control officers and weed control board members in the state of North Dakota. Any interested person may use the site and go through the course if they choose but the North Dakota Weed Control Association reserves the right to issue certificates of completion only to those who are members of the NDWCA.

Grading will be done on a pass/fail basis only. A "pass" grade for the course requires a score of 85% or better on a submitted quiz from each of the five modules.

Technology Requirements

Participants must have a computer with internet access. File sizes have been kept small to insure a minimum of loading time for dial-up users. Practice quizzes are based on Macromedia Flash and users must have a Flash player or allow the installation of a Flash plug-in.


If you have difficulty accessing parts of this course, cannot view the quizzes or find broken links please email the course author

For additional information about this page contact course author Dan Folske, NDSU Extension Service/Burke County