Certified Wetland Delineator
Field Test Dates*:
- May Session – August 2019 – Pittsburgh, PA
- December Session – April 2020 – Pittsburgh, PA
The main objective of the Swamp School’s Certified Wetland Delineator Program (CWD) provides a certification that identifies individuals who are highly skilled in the technical aspects of wetland delineation. This enables clients of certified delineator to make informed decisions when choosing to engage these individuals for wetland delineator services. A Certified Wetland Delineator (CWD) is able to reliably demonstrate that he or she can acutely depict areas of land that would be subject to the Clean Water Act and the Rivers and Harbors Act regulations as administered by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
To become a Certified Wetland Delineator (CWD) you will be asked to participate in a wetland delineation methods program that will conclude with an in-person field practicum examination. The instructional portion of this program is offered online. The field exam is offered several times a year in various locations. The location of the field exam will be based in part upon the location most central to the majority of students enrolled in the program.
A prerequisite to this class is the successful completion of each of the three wetland criteria modules. These include:
- Wetland Botany
- Wetland Hydrology
- Wetland Hydric Soils
You will need to provide all three certification numbers before you will be able to start this class. Your certifications must also be in good standing.
As a Certified Wetland Delineator (CWD) you will receive a certificate and an electronic seal that can be used for reports and proposals. This certification will remain valid for 5 years and is eligible for renewal with additional continuing education.
12 Week Program
Weekly assignments are to be turned in within the timeframe indicated for each assignment, normally ten days from the start of the lesson. Daily assignments in weeklong courses are due the next day. You must complete all class requirements by the official end date of the course. If you are unable to complete the class within that time frame you MUST notify the Swamp School in writing. Late work may be turned in after due dates but may be penalized. If you have not completed the course by the official end date, additional time extensions can be requested but may be subject to an additional fee. If you wish, you may transfer into the next scheduled session of the course, however, some or all of your previous coursework may not carry over to the new session and you may also be subject to a re-enrollment fee. The Swamp School reserves the right to modify this policy on a case-by-case basis. The student time commitment for the 12-week class represents about 3-4 hours per week to complete the course work.
NOTE: In the event that the student falls more than two weeks behind during the class term, the student’s course access will be suspended without notice until the student contacts the Swamp School to discuss continuation in the class or transfer to another session. It is up to the student to contact the Swamp School to discuss re-enrollment options.
The Swamp School offers this course as a Fast Start 2-week program. The Fast Start program is meant to accelerate the learning schedule and includes daily presentations and assignments. Each day you will work on local field data collection, preparation of maps and other graphics, write short site information descriptions, and participate in class discussions. The class starts on a Monday and runs for 2 weeks with work due at the end of each day. There will be daily field work assignments for the preparation of your virtual herbarium. Your instructor will comment and grade your work within two business days after you send it in. The student time commitment for the Fast Start program represents about 3-4 hours per day to complete the course work.