How to become a qualified person

If you have the right knowledge and experience, you can apply to become an accredited qualified person (QP). A QP oversees growing trials and other aspects of a plant breeder's rights (PBR) application.

What is a qualified person?

Each application for a new PBR requires a QP to act as a technical consultant. The QP works with our examiners to ensure the evaluation of the new candidate variety is rigorous, which provides robust protection for the PBR owner.

A QP is accredited to work as an expert in a particular plant species or group of species. As a QP you can:

  • Work as a consultant QP for PBR applicants
  • Work as a non-consultant, overseeing growing trials for your own candidate varieties (or your employer's).

The role of a QP

We'll publish the names of consultant and non-consultant QPs in the Plant Varieties JournalWe'll also publish the phone number of consultant QPs in the qualified persons directory to help people get in touch with you.

As QP accreditation is directly assigned to you, it can't be transferred to other people within your company or institution.

How to become a QP

A step by step guide to applying for QP accreditation.

1. Gather your documents

You'll need to gather:

  • Contact details for three referees.

2. Apply in writing

Send us the referee contact details plus a statement containing:

  • Full contact details
  • Current employment details
  • Relevant qualifications and experience
  • The species or group of species for accreditation
  • The region where you will provide services
  • Whether you are applying to be a consultant or non-consultant QP.

There are two ways to send your documents to us:

  1. By email to PBR@ipaustralia.gov.au
  2. By post.

You'll need to pay a $240 fee when you submit your application. If successful, this fee covers your accreditation for three years.

3. Complete the training

We'll be in touch to let you know the outcome of your application. If you're identified as a suitable candidate, we'll send you a link to our online Plant Breeder's Rights Qualified Person Training. You'll have 30 days to complete it, and submit your certificate of completion to us.

4. Receive your accreditation

Once you've successfully completed your training, we'll accredit you as a QP. It's your responsibility to manage and maintain your registration.

5. Renew your accreditation

Once accredited, you'll need to renew it every three years by completing some quick paperwork and paying a fee. We'll be in touch when your renewal is due.

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A plant growing trial demonstrates that a plant variety is distinct, uniform and stable. You'll need to complete a growing trial as part of your plant breeder's right (PBR) application.  

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Role of a Qualified Person

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Plant growing criteria

You need to grow your plant variety in a way that demonstrates it meets the distinct, uniform and stable (DUS) criteria.