2022 MWPCP Training Courses

 

Virtual Training:

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

Day One (Feb 15, 8:30am-noon) (3 CEC per day)

Introduction to wetland regulatory programs in MN, WCA 101, Local Government Unit (LGU) duties, Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP) procedures, WCA application procedures, and enforcement procedures.

Day Two (Feb 16, 8:30am-noon) (3 CEC per day)

Basic WCA decision types, wetland replacement plans, and wetland banking.

Basic Wetland Delineation and Regulation Class:  

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

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

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. Class tuition: $900 ($400 for employees of MN SWCD, WCA LGU, or State Agency TEP members).

Please register for only one Basic Class at a time.

Regional Training:

MWPCP regional training courses are intended for all wetland professions.  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.  Class tuition for regional training classes is $50 per day.

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, Spicer - May 17-18 (6 CEC per day) (complete)

This two day course will begin with a WCA administration crash course.  There will be an emphasis on the ag exemption, ag banking, and an introduction to offsite aerial interpretation.  Day two will be a wetland delineation refresher for LGU/TEP members and 3 parameter-focused field station exercise.

Mankato Armory, Mankato - May 25-26 (6 CEC per day) (complete)

This two day course will cover the wetland banking review process (including “road banks”), replacement plans, Local Government Road Wetland Replacement Program (LGRWRP) project reviews, and ditch maintenance.  Day two will be a wetland delineation refresher on ag land (including offsite methods interpretation) with an emphasis on critical definitions, completing and interpreting soil data sheets , plant ID, and a discussion on the correlation of soil units & plant communities.

Cloquet Forestry Center, Cloquet - August 16-17 (6 CEC per day) (complete)

This two day course will cover wetland banking and monitoring report review, reviewing utility projects, and replacement plans.  The second day will provide a delineation refresher in forested wetlands with a focus on difficult vegetation transitions, mosaic wetlands methods, and a discussion on the correlation of soil units & plant communities.

Beltrami Electric Cooperative building, Bemidji - October 5-6 (6 CEC per day) (complete)

This two day course will start with a WCA crash course with an emphasis on the Ag exemption, Ag bank, reviewing drainage projects, and the LGRWRP review process.  The second day will focus on offsite aerial photography interpretation, reviewing boundary/type applications, and a 3 parameter field exercise.

Advanced Technical Training: 

Interpreting Wetland Hydrology Data- North Branch Library, North Branch - May 3 (6 CEC) (complete)

This advanced course is intended for wetland professionals with a basic understanding of wetland hydrology.  The course will cover hydrology monitoring well installation, interpreting hydrology data, antecedent precipitation data, and aerial imagery.  Class tuition for advanced technical training classes is $50 per day.

 

Professional Exams

Both the MWPCP Professional and Professional In-Training Exams will be offered at 1pm on the Friday of the 2022 Basic Classes (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

 

Completed MWPCP Events for Continuing Education Hours

Regulation and Delineation Regional Training

Beltrami Electric Cooperative Building, Bemidji- October 5-6.  This training event is eligible for 6 hours of continuing education credit hours per day for MWPCP.

Cloquet Forestry Center, Cloquet - August 16-17. This training event is eligible for 6 hours of continuing education credit hours per day for MWPCP.

Mankato Armory, Mankato - May 25-26. This training event is eligible for 6 hours of continuing education credit hours per day for MWPCP.

Prairie Woods ELC, Spicer- May 17-18. This training event is eligible for 6 hours of continuing education credit hours per day for MWPCP.

Crash Course in Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) Administration Virtual Training - February 15-16, 2022

Day One (Feb 15, 8:30am-noon) This training event is eligible for 3 online hours of continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.

Day Two (Feb 16, 8:30am-noon) This training event is eligible for 3 online hours of continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.

Wetland Delineation and Regulation Course- 2021

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

One Day Delineation Refresher Course Basic- 2021

August 26, Nye Park Nature Center, Maple Lake, MN. This training event is eligible for 6 hours of continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.

Regulation and Delineation Regional Training- July 28, 2021

Douglas County Public Works Building, Alexandria, MN.  This training event is eligible for 6 hours of continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.

Regulation and Delineation Regional Training- July 22, 2021

Rochester Community and Technical College, Rochester, MN.  This training event is eligible for 6 hours of continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.

MWPCP Virtual Regulation Training- April 29, 2021

This training event is eligible for 3 hours of continuing education credit hours for MWPCP. These are online hours. Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period. 

MWPCP Virtual Technical Training- April 15, 2021

This training event is eligible for 3 hours of continuing education credit hours for MWPCP. These are online hours. Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period.  

Participants do not need to submit a Credit Hour Reporting Form for these MWPCP continuing education hours.  Also note that pre-registration will not be required for the virtual MWPCP events.  Participation will be confirmed by documenting active participants and the completion of a survey at the end of the event. 

 

Upcoming Events Approved for Continuing Education Hours (non-MWPCP sponsored)

Check back for more training opportunities.

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.

 

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.

WPA Forum- Peatland Restoration as a Natural Climate Solution in Minnesota- November 2, 2022.  Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association – 1.5 continuing education credit hour for MWPCP.  These are online hours.  Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

Floodplain Hydric Soils Workshop-September 23, 2022.  Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association – 4 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

U of M Onsite Sewage Treatment Program Hybrid Soils CE- August 26 & September 1, 2022.  Sponsored by U of M Onsite Sewage Treatment Program – 4 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

MN Gray Drift Summer Soil Field Day- July 29, 2022.  Sponsored by MN Association of Professional Soil Scientists – 6 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

Sedges of Minnesota- Three Day Identification Workshop- June 15-June 17, 2022.  Sponsored by Critical Connections Ecological Services – 18 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

WPA Forum- USACE St. Paul District Regulatory: Overview and Updates- June 1, 2022.  Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association – 1.5 continuing education credit hour for MWPCP.  These are online hours.  Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

WPA Wildlife Habitat Tour at Sax Zim Bog- June 4, 2022.  Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association – 3 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

WPA Forum- Enhancing Habitat and Diversity in Cattail Dominated Shorelines- May 4, 2022.  Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association – 1.5 continuing education credit hour for MWPCP.  These are online hours.  Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

Wisconsin Wetlands Association- Virtual Wetland Science Conference - February 15-17, 2022. Sponsored by Wisconsin Wetlands Association – Up to 4 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP. These are online hours. Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period. Must have proof of participation (certificate, e-mail confirmation, etc.).

WPA Forum- Updates from BWSR & Corps- February 2, 2022.  Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association – 2 continuing education credit hour for MWPCP.  These are online hours.  Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

WPA Forum- Geomorphology and Wetlands In Minnesota- January 5, 2022.  Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association – 1.5 continuing education credit hour for MWPCP.  These are online hours.  Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

WPA Forum- Useful Field Apps for Wetland Professionals- November 3, 2021.  Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association – 2.5 continuing education credit hour for MWPCP.  These are online hours.  Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

Water Resources Conference- Wetlands Special Session- October 20, 2021.  Sponsored by MN Wetland Professional Association & University of Minnesota Water Resources Center and College of Continuing and Professional Studies- 5.5 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.  These are online hours.  Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

WPA Hydric Soils Workshop-September 24, 2021.  Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association – 4 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

WPA Forum- Stream restoration, dam removal, and wetland impacts- Value judgements impacting the landscape- September 1, 2021.  Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association – 0.5 continuing education credit hour for MWPCP.  These are online hours.  Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

Minnesota Wetlands Law and Compliance Interactive Webinar- August 24, 2021.  Sponsored by Halfmoon Education- 4 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.  These are online hours.  Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

WPA Forum- Villa Park Wetland and Stormwater Improvement Projects Walking Tour- August 11, 2021.  Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association – 2.5 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Basic Wetland Delineation Class- August 9-11, 2021.  24 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

WPA Forum- Garden Tour: "Useful Plants in the Home Garden"-July 7, 2021.  Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association – 0.5 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

WPA Forum- Field Tour of the Sax Zim Bog and Superior Wetland Bank-June 5, 2021 & June 12, 2021.  Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association – 4 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP (each day).  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

WPA Forum- MNPhrag: Responding to Invasive Phragmites- May 5, 2021.  Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association – 1 continuing education credit hour for MWPCP.  These are online hours.  Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

WPA Forum- Leap into Appreciating Minnesota's Frogs and Toads- April 7, 2021.  Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association – 1 continuing education credit hour for MWPCP.  These are online hours.  Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

Wetland Restoration Webinar- March 16-March 18, 2021.  Sponsored by the BWSR Technical Training and Certification Program- 3 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP for each session.  These are online hours.  Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period.  Please  note that participation will be confirmed by documenting active participates throughout the event and participants do not need to submit a Credit Hour Reporting Form for these CEC.  

WPA Forum- MN Wetland Restoration Projects- March 3, 2021.  Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association – 2 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.  These are online hours.  Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

Critical Methods- Wetland Delineation Workshop Series- March 3, 2021.  Sponsored by UW-La Crosse- 4 online continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.  These are online hours.  Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

Dakota Wetlands Law and Compliance Interactive Webinar- March 1, 2021.  Sponsored by Halfmoon Education- 1.5 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP for each session.  These are online hours.  Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

Wisconsin Wetlands Association- Virtual Wetland Science Conference - February 16-19, 2021. Sponsored by Wisconsin Wetlands Association – Up to 4 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP. These are online hours. Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period. Must have proof of participation (certificate, e-mail confirmation, etc.).

WPA Forum- Updates from BWSR- February 3, 2021.  Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association – 2 continuing education credit hour for MWPCP.  These are online hours.  Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email confirmation, etc.).

WPA Forum- Exploring and Traversing the Red Lake Peatland SNA on Foot – November 4, 2020. Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association – 1.5 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP. These are online hours.  Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period.  Must have proof of participation (certificate, e-mail confirmation, etc.)  

WPA Plant ID Walk – Blaine Wetland Sanctuary & Edenbrook Conservation Area- September 15 & 22, 2020.  Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association- 3.0 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP. 

The Marcell Experimental Forest, Peatlands, and the Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Changing Environments (SPRUCE) Experiment- August 20, 2020.  Sponsored by MN Wetland Professional Association- 1.5 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.  These are online hours.  Up to a maximum of 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period.  Must have proof of participation (i.e. certificate, email 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 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period. Must have proof of participation (certificate, e-mail confirmation, etc.).

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 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period. Must have proof of participation (certificate, e-mail confirmation, etc.).

WPA Forum- Wetland Hydrology Related to Development Review - March 11, 2020. Sponsored by MN Wetland Professionals Association - 2 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.

Critical Methods in Wetland Delineation - March 4, 2020. Sponsored by UW-La Crosse - 7 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.

Wetland Science Conference, A Clear Vision for Wetlands- February 18 – 20, 2020.  Sponsored by WI Wetlands Associates- 10 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP for attending entire event.  Note that participants will only get credit for the sessions they attended.  Please be sure to itemize these sessions (and their length) on the Credit Hour Reporting Form.

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 6 online hours are allowed for continuing education per 3-year renewal period. Must have proof of participation (certificate, e-mail confirmation, etc.).

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.

2020 Wetland Status & Trends - January 23, 2020. Sponsored by Swamp School, LLC - 2 continuing education credit hours for MWPCP.

Contact

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