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The Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program, serving the public's need to identify qualified individuals to assess and manage wetland resources around the world.
This program is intended to meet the needs of professional ecologists, hydrologists, soil scientists, educators, agency professionals, consultants, and others who practice wetland science.

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COVID-19 SWSPCP Connect Session 5
COVID-19 SWSPCP Connect Session 5 on Tuesday February 16th at 10:30am CT

SWS 2021 Annual Meeting
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the SWS Board of Directors and Staff have decided to hold the SWS June 2021 Annual meeting virtually. Online registration and meeting details will be coming soon.

Submission Process

The call for organized symposium and workshop proposals will open Wednesday, July 15, 2020, and abstract submission will open Wednesday, October 28, 2020. For more information on how to submit a proposal once it is available, visit the 2021 Annual Meeting website. Be on the lookout for additional communications regarding the submission process as dates near.

If you previously had an accepted abstract, symposium or workshop proposal for the Quebec RE3 conference and would instead prefer to present your stand-alone abstract or host your symposium / workshop at the SWS 2021 Annual Meeting, you should withdraw your submission from RE3 as soon as possible. Special consideration will be given to proposal submissions that were previously accepted to the RE3 conference.

We hope you can join us and share your research at the SWS 2021 Annual Meeting. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

PresentationDuring the meeting in Seoul South Korea past president John Lowenthal proudly presented the PWS Certificate to Professor Wei-Ta Fang.

Why Become Certified?

The Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP) is the only widely available wetland scientist certification program with international coverage.
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SWS Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the SWS Board of Directors and Staff have decided to hold the SWS 2021 Annual meeting virtually. Online registration and meeting details will be coming soon.
A meeting in Spokane will now be happening in 2023, as 2022 is another Joint Aquatic Societies Meeting in the mid-west.
As we move the SWS 2021 Annual Meeting completely online, we look forward to offering you the same vibrant programming, impactful networking, and opportunities to reflect and connect over the emerging and important topics in our field. The virtual meeting will include opportunities for engagement, including symposia, contributed sessions, workshops, plenary sessions, and space to connect with other attendees from across the globe. In addition to participating in the live event, all attendees will have access to on-demand recordings following the live event.
Moving our face-to-face meeting to a fully virtual format presents us with the unique opportunity to create meaningful collaboration and the ability to reflect and connect with colleagues around the world. Because of this, our program reflects the different time zones of our attendees to the best of our ability. We hope that you will join us for this reimagined event and celebrate our collective resilience and dedication to tackling the world’s more challenging wetland management issues.
Remember the abstract submission deadline has been extended. Submit your abstract by January 22!
We look forward to welcoming you to the SWS 2021 Virtual Meeting in June!

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About SWS

SWS logo The Society of Wetland Scientists was formed to further non-profit scientific and educational objectives related to wetland science, thus encouraging and strengthening professional standards in all activities related to wetland science. The Society deleloped this program for certification of wetland science training and experience as a separate not-for-profit corporation.
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About CESB

www.cesb.orgThe SWS Professional Certification Program is accredited by the Council of Engineering and Science Specialty Boards. The Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) is an independent, voluntary membership body created for its member organizations who recognize, through specialty certification, the expertise of individuals practicing in engineering and related fields. Its creation on April 24, 1990 was the culmination of organizing work by volunteers from among the 130 attendees (23 organizations represented) who participated in the April 1988 National Conference on Engineering Specialty Certification.
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Certification Questions?

Contact the SWS Professional Certification Program:
2800 W. Higgins Rd. Suite 440
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Toll Free: 877.226.9902
Fax: 847.885.8393

Program Coordinator
Adrianna Borczyk

Kimberli J. Ponzio, M.S., PWS, SWSPCP President, Email
Gillian Davies, PWS, SWSPCP President-Elect, Email
Matthew Simpson, PWS, SWSPCP Immediate Past President, Email
Robert D. Shannon, Ph.D., PWS, Certification Review Chair, Email
Patrick M. Frost, PWS, Certification Renewal Chair, Email
R. Harold Jones, PWS, Emeritus, Professional Short Course Pre-Approval Panel, Chair, Email

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Last Updated 1/11/21