All 2020 Minnesota Wetland Professional Certification Program (MWPCP) Training Classes and Exams have been cancelled.
Certification Renewal Period Extended
All classes and certification exams that were scheduled for 2020, including those slated for September (14-18 in Brainerd and 23-24 in Bemidji), are now officially cancelled for the year. As of now we are not planning to reschedule or otherwise conduct any in-person training classes in 2020.
All MWPCP-certified (professional or in-training) individuals are now certified until December 31, 2023. This extension allows for an additional year to obtain credits for certification renewal.
The MWPCP will be developing and offering virtual/online learning opportunities this fall/winter. We will inform everyone when those opportunities are available.
Questions & Answers
Q: Will refunds be issued for registrants that have paid course and/or exam fees?
A: Registrants may request a refund. However, it is our preference to not issue refunds and instead allow the paid fees to be applied to next year’s classes. This payment credit will be applied to the entity that issued the check, not the registrant. So, an entity (LGU, private firm, etc.) could choose to use the payment credit for a different registrant for a future class. We have an accurate accounting of all paid fees and associated payees on file, and we can send you confirmation of your payment credit upon request. If it is important that you receive a refund, please contact Amy Waters at BWSR.MWPCP@state.mn.us. Note that you must be a vendor in the State’s financial system (SWIFT) in order to receive a refund. Many LGUs are already vendors in the system and refunds can be issued to them relatively easily. Others will have to register as a vendor before they can receive a refund. We are hoping that most registrants are comfortable applying their payment to a future class because we certainly did not anticipate or plan for such a large-scale cancellation of classes.
Q: Will the MWPCP be issuing new certificates that reflect the revised 12/31/2023 certification expiration date?
A: New certificates will not be issued unless requested and not until after 6/31/2022. We expect that many certified individuals will obtain their certification renewal credits prior to the 12/31/2022 expiration date on their current certificate at which time we will issue them a new certificate. Individuals that need the extra year to obtain their renewal credits can request a new certificate if they believe it is necessary to show that they are still certified during that extra year (2023). Keep in mind that all certifications will be kept up to date on the list of certified individuals posted on our website (unless you requested not to be on that list).
Q: Will the MWPCP be issuing credits for their virtual/online training to be held this fall/winter?
A: No. Rather than change current program policies related to continuing education credits for online versus in-person training events, we have instead chosen to simply extend the renewal period for an extra year. We hope that you will participate in our online/virtual training to learn more about wetland delineation, wetland regulations, etc. even though there are no continuing education credits associated
with them. We believe that the extra year will provide ample opportunity to obtain your certification renewal credits through future, in-person, hands-on courses. The MWPCP will consider changes to its continuing education credit policy if COVID restrictions affect our ability to offer in-person training in 2021.
General Program Information
The Minnesota Wetland Professional Certification Program (MWPCP) is a certification program for Minnesota wetland professionals administered by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). The program includes Professional and In-Training Professional certifications. Certification indicates an individual has a fundamental understanding of the basic technical tools, rules, policies and guidance associated with wetland regulatory compliance in Minnesota. This includes the following subject areas: wetland identification and delineation; wetland restoration; State and Federal wetland regulations (rules, policies, procedures); wetland functional assessment; and wetland monitoring.
The program emphasizes the practical components of these subject areas as they apply to wetland regulatory implementation. The program does not test for, nor does it certify the competency of a wetland professional. It certifies that a wetland professional has successfully completed foundational training developed specifically for those working in the wetland regulatory field in Minnesota and that they have the basic background knowledge and training to become competent at conducting work associated with wetland regulatory compliance.
Program Plan (pdf)
Frequently Asked Questions About the Program
Do I need to be certified to delineate wetlands or prepare wetland-related applications in Minnesota for the WCA regulatory program?
No. The MWPCP is a voluntary certification program and there is no state requirement for certification to conduct professional wetland work.
I was a certified delineator under the University of Minnesota's Wetland Delineator Certification Program (WDCP). Does that mean I am certified by the MWPCP and if not, what do I have to do to become certified?
The WDCP no longer exists. If your WDCP certification was current as of 1/1/20, you should have received a transfer form from the University of Minnesota that would allow you to transfer your certification to the MWPCP. If you think you were certified and did not receive a form, contact Elizabeth Wells at the University's Water Resource Center and request a transfer form. If you completed a transfer form, you should be on the certification list on this page (scroll down) unless you opted not to be listed. Otherwise, you should have received or will soon receive a certificate confirming your MWPCP certification (we are still sending them out, almost finished). If you did not keep your WDCP certification current as of 1/1/20, then you would have to pass the new MWPCP certification exam to be certified.
I want to be an MWPCP certified professional or in-training professional. What do I need to do?
For professional certification you need to meet the training and experience requirements to take the certification exam (see certification exam policies below). For in-training professional certification you need to meet training requirements, there is no experience requirement. If you meet the requirements for one of the exams, then you need to register to take the exam (see table showing exam dates under Training below) and complete the appropriate exam application form (see below). The exam covers many aspects of wetland regulation, delineation, functional assessment, restoration and monitoring. A study guide is provided on this page (scroll down). Each exam is prefaced by an optional basic wetland course. This course will cover every topic covered by the exam and listed in the study guide. You can register for the course and take the exam following the end of the course. Attending one or more of the intermediate/advanced courses will not prepare you for taking the exam. These intermediate/advanced courses typically do not address the more basic topics covered on the exam.
I am MWPCP-certified and attended or will attend a course for which I want to count toward my continuing education requirement. How do I get continuing education credit for the course?
If you attended or will attend an MWPCP-sponsored course, you do not need to do anything. You will automatically be granted the associated continuing education credits in your file once you complete the course. If you will attend or attended one of the "approved" non-MWPCP-sponsored courses listed below (scroll down), you need to complete and submit a credit hour reporting form identifying the listed course you attended and the credits it was approved for. If you attended or will attend a course that is not listed, then you need to complete the credit hour reporting form and submit additional information about the course (explained on the form). If you want to simply know how many credits a course is worth, but have not taken the course yet, then submit a credit hour determination request form (see below).
How do I know how many continuing education credits I have?
At the end of every calendar year the MWPCP will send an e-mail to each certified individual indicating the number of continuing education credits you have accumulated to that point in your 3-year renewal period.
I am MWPCP-certified, what abbreviation should I use to indicate my certification?
We have been advising that certified individuals use CMWP (Certified Minnesota Wetland Professional) or CMWPIT (Certified Minnesota Wetland Professional In-Training) abbreviations. For example: John Doe, CMWP.
Forms and Associated Policy Documents
Please use the following questions to help you determine which form to complete and submit.
Are you interested in becoming certified by taking either the Professional or In-Training Professional Exam?
Review the Certification Exam Policies (pdf) document to determine which exam you are qualified to take. Then complete and return either the Application for Professional Certification Exam (dox) or the Application for Professional In-Training Certification Exam (dox).
Are you interested in finding out if a training event you are considering attending is eligible for MWPCP continuing education credits toward either your certification renewal or for meeting the training qualification to take one of the certification exams?
Are you certified and would like to report a training event that you attended toward your continuing education requirement?
Upcoming Event Approved for Continuing Education Hours (non-MWPCP sponsored)
Note that if you attend any of these events you must submit a Credit Hour Reporting Form to receive the approved credits for your continuing education requirements. The reporting form can only be submitted after you attend.
Wetland Delineation with Emphasis on Soils and Hydrology Online with Field Practicum - September 15-17, 2020. Sponsored by Wetland Training Institute - 28 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.
Completed Events Approved for Continuing Education Hours (non-MWPCP sponsored)
Note that if you attended any of these events you must submit a Credit Hour Reporting Form to receive the approved credits for your continuing education requirements.
2020 Wetland Status & Trends - January 23, 2020. Sponsored by Swamp School, LLC - 2 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.
WPA Forum, Assessments of Long Term Floristic Quality and Hydrology on Wetland Mitigation Sites - Feb. 5, 2020. Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association - 2 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.
Assumption 101: Introduction to Assuming the CWA Section 404 Program (Webinar) - February 18, 2020. Sponsored by Association of State Wetland Managers - 2 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP. These are online hours. Up to a maximum of 4 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period. Must have proof of participation (certificate, e-mail confirmation, etc.).
Critical Methods in Wetland Delineation - March 4, 2020. Sponsored by UW-La Crosse - 7 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.
WPA Forum, Wetland Hydrology Related to Development Review - March 11, 2020. Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association - 2 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.
WPA Forum, Making a Statewide NWI Update and Maintaining It - May 13, 2020. Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association - 1 continuing education credit hour for MWPCP. This is an online hour. Up to a maximum of 4 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period. Must have proof of participation (certificate, e-mail confirmation, etc.).
WPA Forum, Restoring Wetland Vegetation Past, Present and Future - June 3, 2020. Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association - 2 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP. These are online hours. Up to a maximum of 4 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period. Must have proof of participation (certificate, e-mail confirmation, etc.).
Certified Professionals and In-Training Professionals List
The following file lists the name, affiliation (if any) and certification status (Professional or In-Training Professional) of all MWPCP-certified individuals except for those who requested their name to be withheld from the publicly available list. Spellings of names and affiliations are as provided by the individuals although we may have erred in the transfer of the information to the list. Please contact one of the listed program contacts if you are on the list and would like to make a correction/revision to your name or affiliation. If you believe that you should be on the list, but are not, please contact one of the listed program contacts. Note that this list is not intended to be a resource for finding a wetland consultant. If you are looking for contact information for wetland consultants one option is to view a consultant directory on the MN Wetland Professionals Association website.
Exam Study Guide and Reference Materials