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)
2021 Training Update
The MWPCP is pleased to announce the following in-person courses:
Basic Wetland Delineation and Regulation Course
September 13-17, Central Lakes College, Brainerd, MN
September 20-24, Central Lakes College, Brainerd, MN
October 4-8, Arden Hills City Hall, Arden Hills, MN
Registration for the Basic Classes will open on August 2, 2021. An "open registration" email will be sent the week of July 26 to the MWPCP and WCA contact lists with information on how to register for these courses. The Professional and Professional In-Training exams will be administered on the final day of each course.
One Day Delineation Refresher Course
August 26, Nye Park Nature Center, Maple Lake, MN
This course is intended to serve as a "refresher" for individuals with some wetland delineation experience or LGU/TEP members who have a basic understanding of conducting and/or reviewing wetland delineations.
To register, please go to: https://www.cognitoforms.com/BWSR9/MWPCPTrainingAndExamRegistrationForm2021
Regulation and Delineation Regional Training
July 22, Rochester Community and Technical College, Rochester, MN (Full)
July 28, Douglas County Public Works Building, Alexandria, MN (Full)
Please note that both of these courses are full due to the cancelation of the 2020 Regional Training courses. Preference was given to individuals who had registered for the canceled courses. The MWPCP is committed to attempt a full return to Regional Training in 2022.
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.
The MWPCP has recently hosted two virtual training events and is closely watching for pandemic-related updates from the Governor's office before scheduling in person training. Please go to the Wetland Training Opportunities page for more information and a guide to upcoming virtual training events.
The MWPCP has developed the following training videos related to wetland identification and Wetland Conservation Act regulatory administration. Viewing of these videos is not eligible for MWPCP continuing education credits because they do not provide verification of who viewed them. However, they provide useful information, particularly for individuals that are relatively new to WCA and wetland science.
The Three Wetland Parameters (10 mins, 37 sec)
Wetland Classification Systems (32 mins, 27 sec)
WCA 101 - Basic WCA Administration (12 mins, 33 sec)
WCA Basic Decisions (16 mins, 44 sec)
WCA Application Procedures (14 mins, 5 sec)
Offsite Methods (19 mins, 2 Sec)
The following videos are recorded presentations from the spring 2021 MWPCP virtual training courses:
Drainage Projects and WCA (43 mins, 55 sec)
Local Government Road Wetland Replacement Program (51 mins, 50 sec)
Overview of Wetland Conservation Act & Public Waters Work Permit Program (50 mins, 10 Sec)
The following videos are excerpts of presentations MWPCP trainers gave during a recent Wetland Restoration webinar in collaboration with the BWSR Technical Training and Certification Program:
Wetland Functions and Values (8 mins, 37 sec)
Introduction to the Hydrogeomorphic Method (HGM) (8 mins, 19 sec)
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?
Q: Are you certified and would like to report a training event that you attended toward your continuing education requirement?
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.
Exam Study Guide and Reference Materials