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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) Updated April 27, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions About the Program (pdf)

 

MWPCP 2022 Training Schedule

Registration for all MWPCP courses is now open. 

Please follow this link to register for the classes:

https://www.cognitoforms.com/BWSR9/MWPCPTrainingAndExamRegistrationForm2022

More information on each of these courses- including preliminary agendas- can be found on the Wetland Training Opportunities page.

 

Crash Course in Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) Administration Virtual Training - February 15-16 

These two half day virtual courses are intended for wetland individuals with little to no working knowledge of the MN Wetland Conservation Act.

Day One - Feb 15 (8:30am-noon)

Day Two - Feb 16 (8:30am-noon)

Basic Wetland Delineation and Regulation Class  

The Basic Class is intended for individuals with little to no experience as a wetland professional.  The course provides an introduction to both wetland delineation and wetland regulations in Minnesota.  Most days involve a field exercise.  Successful completion of the course qualifies individuals to take the Professional In-Training exam which is administered on the last day of the class. 

Wetland Delineation and Regulation Basic Class: Arden Hills- July 11-15 (Full)

Wetland Delineation and Regulation Basic Class: Brainerd - September 12-16 (Full)

Regional Training

MWPCP intermediate level regional training courses are intended for all wetland professionals.  The two day courses are typically split into a regulatory day (with an emphasis on implementing the WCA) and a technical day with an emphasis on the 3 parameters of wetland delineation.  The second day typically culminates in a field exercise.

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, Spicer - May 17-18

Mankato Armory, Mankato - May 25-26 (Full)

Cloquet Forestry Center, Cloquet - August 16-17

Beltrami Electric Cooperative Building, Bemidji - October 5-6

Advanced Technical Training 

This advanced course is intended for wetland professionals with a basic understanding of wetland hydrology. 

Interpreting Wetland Hydrology Data- North Branch Library, North Branch - May 3 (Full)

 

Professional Exams

Both the MWPCP Professional and Professional In-Training Exams will be offered at 1pm on the Friday of the 2022 Basic Classes.  These specific 2022 exam dates are July 15 in Arden Hills and September 16 in Brainerd.  Remember that per the MWPCP certification exam policy, anyone who intends to take either the Professional or the Professional In-Training exams are required to complete and submit an application to take the exam.  The exception are Basic Class participants who intend to take the Professional In-Training exam at the end of the Basic Class they attend.  They do not need to apply as they qualify for the In-Training exam upon completion of the course.  Exam applications must be submitted and approved prior to taking the exam

 

COVID-related Policies

All classes and certification exams that were scheduled for 2020 were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the current certification renewal period has been extended.  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.

Temporary Continuing Education Policy Updates (pdf) Updated April 27, 2022

Questions & Answers regarding 2020 course cancellations and continuing education credits (pdf)

 

Continuing Education Forms and Associated Policy Documents

Please use the following questions to help you determine which form to complete and submit.

Q: Are you interested in becoming certified by taking either the Professional or In-Training Professional Exam?

A: 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).

Q: 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?

A: Review the Continuing Education Policies (pdf- updated April 27, 2022) document and then complete and return the Credit Hour Determination Request Form (dox).

Q: Are you certified and would like to report a training event that you attended toward your continuing education requirement?

A: Review the Continuing Education Policies (pdf- updated April 27, 2022) document and then complete and return the Credit Hour Reporting Form (dox).

 

Certified Professionals and In-Training Professionals List

The following file lists the name 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 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. 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.

MWPCP Certification List Updated 12/14/2021 (pdf) 

Exam Study Guide and Reference Materials

MWPCP Exam Study Guide 3/5/20 (pdf)

MWPCP Professional & Professional In Training Practice Exam- Version A, 2021 (PDF)

Contact

David Demmer
Wetland Specialist
Ben Meyer
Wetland Specialist
Amy Waters
Wetlands Program Assistant