Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program
Society of Wetland Scientists
Professional Certification Program

Certification Information

Overview of Program
Certification Committees
Standing Rules
Renewal Process

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Body of Knowledge
Code of Ethics
Application Forms
Professional Short Courses

Annual Maintenance Fee
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Application Forms

The Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP) is the only widely available wetland scientist certification program. SWSPCP works to meet the needs of professional ecologists, hydrologists, soil scientists, educators, agency professionals, consultants, and others who practice wetland science. The program also is aimed at serving the public's need to identify qualified individuals to assess and manage the Nation's wetland resources.

Online Applications:

Pay your Annual Maintenance Fee online.

Complete your Application for PWS WPIT or Upgrade online.

  • Contact Information
  • List of College/University Education by category
  • List of Additional Wetland coursework
  • List of Qualifying Experience
  • Statement of Expertise Essay (for PWS & upgrade only)
  • Transcripts/Course completion certificates
  • Contact information for five (5) references, including 1 SWS Member and 2 PWS References
  • Application Fee

Complete your Certification Renewal Application for PWS online.

Download the Application forms:

The Overview and Form A explain the program and the requirements for certification. Form B and Form C make up the application form (forms updated 1/1/2012).
Some of the forms are PDF files and require the Adobe Acrobat Reader (its Free!) to view and print it out. Click Here if you need more information on Adobe Acrobat.

Download the Application:

The download contains:

  • Application Checklist
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Form A - Application Overview
  • Form B - Certification Application Form
  • Form C - Certification Reference Form

More Information

SWSPCP in an effort to serve you more efficiently has moved to an on-line certification renewal application process. To have the PWS forms mailed to you, or if you have any questions about the Certification Program, please contact the SWS Certification Program Office:

Society of Wetland Scientists
Professional Certification Program

2800 W. Higgins Rd. Suite 440
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Toll Free: 877.226.9902
Fax: 847.885.8393

Program Administrator
Jocelyn Cordero



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Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program
Last Updated 5/20/15