UPOV Distance Learning Course DL-205

Course dates 2014

Session I:  Study period: May 5 to June 8, 2014
Registration: February 17 to March 31, 2014

 On-line registration is available between February 17 and March 31.  After March 31, registration will not be possible. 
For Category 1 and 2 participants, all endorsements must be provided by April 5, 2014.

How to register for the UPOV DL-205 Course

Session II:  Study period:  October 6 to November 9, 2014
Registration period:  July 28 to September 7, 2014

Introduction to the UPOV System of Plant Variety Protection under the UPOV Convention

The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants is pleased to inform you about the next sessions of the distance learning course "Introduction to the UPOV System of Plant Variety Protection under the UPOV Convention" (DL-205). The objective of the course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the UPOV system of plant variety protection under the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants. The course comprises 11 modules.

The course is followed on-line, via the internet. Each student studies at their own pace, on their PC or, alternatively, may download the course to study on paper. The course is estimated to require around 36 hours of study, which can be undertaken at any time within the 4-week study period. The course contains comprehensive explanations, diagrams, self-assessment questions and end of module tests to guide participants. Tutoring by UPOV experts provides students with the opportunity for further clarification and discussion.

The course materials and tutoring are available to the participants for a period of four weeks. The final exam is taken in the fifth week of the course. Certificates are issued at the end of the course.

The DL-205 course is particularly aimed at:

Government officials/officially appointed persons:

- responsible for running PBR offices
- responsible for drafting PBR legislation
- key staff of PBR offices
- organizers of DUS trials
- DUS examiners

Private Sector:

- breeders
- IP managers
- IP agents/attorneys
- IP students

Registrations can be made in three different categories:

Category 1:

Government officials of members of the Union nominated by the relevant representative to the UPOV Council
No fee

Category 2:

Officials of observer States / intergovernmental organizations nominated by the relevant representative to the UPOV Council
(One non-fee paying student per State / intergovernmental organization;
Additional students: CHF1,000 per student)

Category 3:

Fee: CHF1,000


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