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The Minnesota 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.

Administrative Policies and Documents

Program Plan (pdf) (10/1/19) - Overall program purpose, structure and components

Continuing Education Policies (pdf) (1/6/20) - specific policies and requirements for continuing education hours for certified individuals

Certification Exam Policies (pdf) (1/1/20) - specific policies and requirements for certification exams

 

Forms

Credit Hour Reporting Form (dox) (1/24/20) - use this form to report continuing education credit hours toward your continuing education to maintain your certification.

Credit Hour Determination Request Form (dox) (1/24/20) - use this form to request a determination from the MWPCP on the number of continuing education credit hours a particular training event is eligible for.

Application for Professional Certification Exam (dox) (1/24/20) - use this form to apply to take the Professional Certification Exam.

Application for Professional In-Training Certification Exam (dox) (1/24/20) - use this form to apply to take the Professional In-Training Exam.

 

Training

The following table lists and describes MWPCP Training Courses offered in 2020.

 

2020 MWPCP Training and Exam Schedule

Title

Date

Time

Location

Capacity

Cost

Description

MWPCP Continuing Education Hours

MN Wetland Regulation & Delineation (intermediate-advanced)

April 22

9:00 – 4:00

Ramsey Co. Public Works, Marsden Rm, 1425 Paul Kirkwold Dr., Arden Hills, MN

60

$40

Classroom-based course on regulatory rules, processes, guidance and wetland delineation.

Agenda Topics: Use of new WCA forms, Delineation methods and case studies, WCA no-loss/Exemption case studies, Local Government Road Wetland Replacement Program, WCA special considerations, EAWs and WCA, Wetland bank reviews, Growing season determinations for delineation.

6

MN Wetland Regulation & Delineation (intermediate-advanced)

May 12

9:00 – 4:00

SWWC, 1420 East College Drive, Marshall, MN

50

$40

Classroom-based course on regulatory rules, processes, guidance and wetland delineation.

Agenda Topics: WCA administration overview, Use of new WCA forms, Drainage project and WCA case studies, Use of WCA ag bank exemption, WCA replacement plan procedures for ag projects, Wetland banking overview.

6

MN Wetland Regulation & Delineation (intermediate-advanced)

May 13

9:00 – 4:00

SWWC, 1420 East College Drive, Marshall, MN

50

$40

Half day classroom and half day field course on regulatory rules, processes, guidance and wetland delineation.

Agenda Topics: Wetland classification for regulatory purposes, WCA application processing procedures, Hydric soil indicators, Delineation field exercises (veg plots, soil texturing/coloring, hydrology and soils field indicators)

6

MN Wetland Regulation & Delineation (intermediate-advanced)

May 19

9:00 – 4:00

MnDOT, Lake Pepin Rm., 2900 48th St. NW, Rochester, MN

50

$40

Classroom-based course on regulatory rules, processes, guidance and wetland delineation.

Agenda Topics: Use of new WCA forms, TEP findings, WCA application timelines & extensions, WCA enforcement procedures, WCA restoration orders, WCA ag exemptions, Wetland banking process.

6

MN Wetland Regulation & Delineation (intermediate-advanced)

May 20

9:00 – 4:00

MnDOT, Lake Pepin Rm., 2900 48th St. NW, Rochester, MN

50

$40

Half day classroom and half day field course on regulatory rules, processes, guidance and wetland delineation.

Agenda Topics: Offsite hydrology/wetland determinations in cropland, Sloped wetlands, HGM classification, Hydric soils in southeast MN, Delineation field exercises (veg plots, soil texturing/coloring, hydrology and soils field indicators)

6

Basic MN Wetland Regulation & Delineation (introductory)

June 22 - 26

9-5 (day 1), 8-5 (days 2, 3, 4), 8-12 (day 5)

Ramsey Co. Public Works, Marsden Rm, 1425 Paul Kirkwold Dr., Arden Hills, MN

30

$900, $400 for employees of MN SWCD or WCA LGU

Introductory multi-day course on the basics of wetland regulation, delineation, functional assessment, monitoring and restoration. Emphasizes Minnesota-specific aspects of these topics, particularly the Minnesota Wetland Conservation Act (WCA). Wetland delineation and regulation are covered in the most detail. Includes a combination of classroom and field components. Participants should have a basic background in natural resources/ecology, particularly soils, hydrology and vegetation. Optional certification exam follows course (register separately for the exam).

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MWPCP Professional & In-training Certification Exams

June 26

1:00 – 3:30

Ramsey Co. Public Works, Marsden Rm, 1425 Paul Kirkwold Dr., Arden Hills, MN

30

$50, $25 for employees of MN SWCD or WCA LGU

Exams for MWPCP professional and in-training certification. Must meet MWPCP prerequisites for training and experience prior to taking exam. Must complete and submit application to take exam in addition to registering. See MWPCP page on BWSR website for application forms and exam prerequisites.

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MN Wetland Regulation & Delineation (intermediate-advanced)

July 14

9:00 – 4:00

Douglas Co. Public Works, 526 Willow Dr., Alexandria, MN

50

$40

Classroom-based course on regulatory rules, processes, guidance and wetland delineation.

Agenda Topics: Use of new WCA forms, Coordinating WCA with DNR & local permitting, Ditch maintenance & WCA case studies, WCA Ag exemptions, Wetland banking process with local case studies, Various WCA quick topics.

6

MN Wetland Regulation & Delineation (intermediate-advanced)

July 15

9:00 – 4:00

Douglas Co. Public Works, 526 Willow Dr., Alexandria, MN

50

$40

Half day classroom and half day field course on regulatory rules, processes, guidance and wetland delineation.

Agenda Topics: Wetland delineation & jurisdictional considerations in DNR protected waters with high water levels, Offsite hydrology/wetland determinations in cropland, Local Government Road Wetland Replacement Program, Various WCA quick topics, Delineation field exercises (veg plots, soil texturing/coloring, hydrology and soils field indicators)

6

Basic MN Wetland Regulation & Delineation (introductory)

Sept. 14 - 18

9-5 (day 1), 8-5 (days 2, 3, 4), 8-12 (day 5)

Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Dr., Brainerd, MN

30

$900, $400 for employees of MN SWCD or WCA LGU

Introductory multi-day course on the basics of wetland regulation, delineation, functional assessment, monitoring and restoration. Emphasizes Minnesota-specific aspects of these topics, particularly the Minnesota Wetland Conservation Act (WCA). Wetland delineation and regulation are covered in the most detail. Includes a combination of classroom and field components. Participants should have a basic background in natural resources/ecology, particularly soils, hydrology and vegetation. Optional certification exam follows course (register separately for the exam).

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MWPCP Professional & In-training Certification Exams

Sept. 18

1:00 – 3:30

Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Dr., Brainerd, MN

30

$50, $25 for employees of MN SWCD or WCA LGU

Exams for MWPCP professional and in-training certification. Must meet MWPCP prerequisites for training and experience prior to taking exam. Must complete and submit application to take exam in addition to registering. See MWPCP page on BWSR website for application forms and exam prerequisites.

0

MN Wetland Regulation & Delineation (intermediate-advanced)

Sept. 23

9:00 – 4:00

Beltrami Electric Coop, Spiry Comm. Rm., 4111 Technology Dr., Bemidji, MN

50

$40

Classroom-based course on regulatory rules, processes, guidance and wetland delineation.

Agenda Topics: Use of new WCA forms, WCA ag exemptions, Wetland banking procedures and local case studies, Drainage projects and WCA case studies, Various WCA quick topics.

6

MN Wetland Regulation & Delineation (intermediate-advanced)

Sept. 24

9:00 – 4:00

Beltrami Electric Coop, Spiry Comm. Rm., 4111 Technology Dr., Bemidji, MN

50

$40

Half day classroom and half day field course on regulatory rules, processes, guidance and wetland delineation.

Agenda Topics: Local Government Road Wetland Replacement Program, Hydric soil and hydrology indicators for delineation, Delineation data form reviews, Delineation field exercises (veg plots, soil texturing/coloring, hydrology and soils field indicators).

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Register for any of the classes or exams listed in the table above by clicking here.

 

Courses Approved for Continuing Education Hours

Minnesota Sedge Identification Workshop - June 11 & 12, 2020. Sponsored by Critical Connections Ecological Services - 12 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.

 

Certified Individuals

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Exam Study Guide and Reference Materials

Coming Soon

 

Contact

Ken Powell
Wetland Conservation Act Operations Coordinator
Amy Waters
Wetlands Program Assistant