1.6 Trainers and training Trainers receive licences allowing them to train unlicensed bat workers in some or all the activities covered by the standard licence. Conservation licences are of most direct relevance to the work of bat groups, and every bat group should have at least one authorised conservation licence trainer. Initially, each trainer should be able to take on four or five students, but this will obviously vary according to circumstances and should decrease as the number of trainers increases. The training system allows bat workers without any experience of a particular aspect of bat work, such as handling or the use of hand-nets, to train under their trainer’s licence in order to gain the necessary
experience to obtain their own licences. It also helps to ensure that conservation activities are carried out to a high standard and that appropriate conservation advice is given when responding to enquiries. The knowledge and skills required for each type of licence are set out in the training syllabus (Appendix 7). Both knowledge and skills can be gained in a variety of ways, such as attending talks, conferences or training days, background reading, participation in bat group projects or roost visits under the supervision of a trainer or other licensed bat worker.