Besides providing access to visits, several well established herbaria also offer courses and training. The most famous and well established training course is Botanical Research and Herbarium Management System (BRAHMS). It is organised every year at different locations. These training courses are to provide trainees with the tools to develop and manage their own data resources in situ. The institutes listed below are responsible for arranging and organizing these courses.
BRAHMS training courses can be categorized into 5 groups as follows:
1. BRAHMS overview - 1 day course
This full day course includes an overview of the entire system from initial data entry using Rapid Data Entry through editing, reporting and exporting, covering curation (lists, labels, loans) and research applications (check-listing and monography).
2. Training and troubleshooting - 2 day course
This course covers all system essentials starting off with a first overview day as described above.
3. Full database implementation - 5 day course
This course covers all system essentials starting off with a first overview day.
4. Course modules
Modular courses can be organized and tuned into a particular institution. Course modules include: Optimizing the use of Rapid Data Entry; Advanced editing functions; Handling taxon nomenclature; Working with geographic data; Designing report templates; Managing loans and other herbarium transactions; Images - from camera to database to online viewing; A focus on monographic work; Mapping; BRAHMS online and using the BRAHMS online client; Creating a Virtual Herbarium.
5. Long stay students
With suitable funding arrangements, usually project-linked, internships can be arranged whereby a trainee stays and work with BRAHMS programme for up to 3 months. (3)
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew also offers and runs International Diploma Courses. Throughout its history, staff at the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG), Kew has been actively committed to sharing information and skills with colleagues from other botanical institutions around the world. RBG Kew began to establish a series of international diploma courses for people working in botanic gardens, herbaria, arboreta and other plant conservation organizations.
What does an International Diploma course at RBG Kew offer?
The botanical specimens can be sent by mail or brought to the Queensland Herbarium for identification. Relevant information of the specimens is also available on request such as information on poisonous properties, distribution, weediness and conservation status. Fees will be charged for commercial clients. (5)
The Jepson Herbarium at University of California, Berkeley
Plant Identifications include determination of plant name, statement about toxicity and weediness, geographic distribution, and if needed, library research. Fees are charged on an hourly basis, with a 1-hour minimum charge of $75. After the first hour, the fee will be applied in 20-minute intervals. (6)