In 1992, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) established a program for the training and certification of individuals as wetland delineators. The intent of the Wetland Delineator Certification Program (WDCP) was two-fold.
(1) To improve the quality and consistency of wetland delineations submitted to the Corps; and,
(2) To streamline the regulatory process by developing procedures for expediting review and consideration of delineations submitted by certified delineators.
From 1993-1994, the Corps ran pilot certification testing in three districts – Baltimore, Jacksonville, and Seattle. However, the Corps never conducted certification testing thereafter. The Corps published proposed rules for the WDCP on March 14, 1995. No further action has been taken as the Corps is awaiting publication of the Final Rule in the Federal Register. As such, there is currently no official certification program offered through the ACOE.
It is important to note, however, that the proposed rules serve as guidelines for the minimum requirements needed to perform accurate wetland delineations. Inconsistent wetland delineation reports are routinely submitted to the ACOE, which require significant modification and, in many cases, re-delineation efforts. Persons interested in doing successful wetland delineation work are strongly encouraged to get training in the ACOE Wetland Delineation Manual.
The Rutgers University Wetland Delineation Certificate Series is also accepted by the Society of Wetland Scientist Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP) as part of the requirements for both their Wetland Professional in Training (WPIT) and Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) Certification Programs. Professional short courses are prorated based on 15 hours of instruction equaling 1 equivalent semester hour. The two-day (16-hour) Vegetation Identification course is worth 1.1 credit hours and the four-day (36-hour) Methodology for Delineating Wetlands course is worth 2.4 credit hours.
Independent state certification programs have been developed in Virginia, New Hampshire, and Minnesota. Illinois has also developed four independent county certification programs in the Chicago metropolitan area – Lake, DeKalb, Kane and Cook counties.