Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification ProgramSociety of Wetland Scientists
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Current Senior Professional Wetland Scientists (SPWS) and Professional Wetland Scientists (PWS) may be granted an extension to apply for certification renewal due to hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the SWS-PCP Renewal Certification Committee, following completion and submittal of this form to:

Deadline extensions will be granted for up to a 2-year period. Request forms must be completed by the applicant and include a brief summary that clearly communicates the reason for the request.

Applicant Name:
I am a:  SPWS
Year Certified:
Email Address:
Phone #:
Please describe the nature of your hardship, including how the COVID-19 pandemic caused your hardship, the current duration of the hardship and its anticipated end, if known, and any other specifics pertinent to your request. “Hardship” is considered to be the situation where the applicant’s loss or depreciation of income or a lapse in employment, due only to COVDID-19, makes it impossible for them to pay their certification renewal fees on time. Additionally, “hardship” applies to difficulty in obtaining the proper Certification Renewal Points, such as employment in the wetland field, wetland instruction, attendance and presentations at wetland conferences, etc. (see Section 26 of the Standing Rules at: for a full list) that make it impossible for the PWS/SPWS to apply for certification renewal on time. Applicants should include or attach any information they believe is relevant to demonstrating their hardship case. The Certification Renewal Committee will endeavor to review requests and respond within 60 days of the date of request.
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Signature: By checking this box I certify that the information included above is accurate to the best of my knowledge.


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