Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program
Society of Wetland Scientists
Professional Certification Program
"The PWS program is very special, in the fact that it upholds strong ethical values and it shows support for the hard working wetland professionals. "
Key McMurry, Owner, Key Environmental Solutions

Certification Information

Overview of Program
Certification Committees
Standing Rules
Renewal Process

Wetland Scientist

Body of Knowledge
Code of Ethics
Application Forms
Professional Short Courses

Annual Maintenance Fee
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PWS Seal Order Form
Search for a Certified Professional Wetland Scientist
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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 the Nation's resources.
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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Is it OK to include the SWSPCP logo on documents? 3/5/15
That is a question we hear frequently. There are some permissible uses of the logo on personal documents or social media. The first thing to keep in mind is that the logo is owned by SWSPCP, with trademark pending. Please click on the link to learn about Trademark Infringement.

SWSPCP Body of Knowledge Survey 2/18/15
The Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP) is accredited by the Council of Engineering & Science Specialty Boards (CESB). CESB accreditation requires that the SWSPCP create and maintain a Body of Knowledge (document) that outlines specific skills, knowledge, and abilities that a Professional Wetland Scientist should possess.

Please click this link to take the online survey at your earliest convenience.

Starting January 1st 2015 SWSPCP will be amending the fees for the annual PWS maintenance fee, the five year PWS renewal fee, and the one time Emeritus fee by a minimal $25 increase.
The SWSPCP Board unanimously voted to increase these fees after thorough review and due diligence reviewing the current financial and budget demands. The fees have remained the same for the past five years and will be effective for years to come. The remaining fee structure will remain intact.

2015 Annual Meeting 12/5/14
The 2015 Annual Meeting will be held in Providence, RI, on May 31 - June 4.
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Why Become Certified?

The Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP) is the only widely available wetland scientist certification program.
Public Sector Perspective
Academic Perspective

Certification Checklist

Becoming a Professional Wetland Scientist
Requirements of Certification
Frequently Asked Questions
Code of Ethics and Practice
Application Forms - View and Download
   Certification Renewal
Application Forms - View and Download
Certification Renewal vs. Certification Maintenance
   Professional Short Course Pre-Approval Program
PSC Course Provider Application
Section 32 of the Standing Rules to view the PSCPP Requirements
PSCPP Announcement

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.
Learn more at

Application to join the SWS
Wetland related Job Announcements
SWS Forum
Conferences and Meetings 
Wetland-related Training Courses

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:
The Center for Association Resources
2800 W. Higgins Rd. Suite 440
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Toll Free: 877.226.9902
Fax: 847.885.8393

Program Administrator
Jocelyn Cordero

Robert D. Shannon, Ph.D., PWS, SWSPCP President, Email
Leandra Cleveland, PWS, SWSPCP Immediate Past President, Email
John Lowenthal, PWS, Certification Review Chair, Email
Patrick M. Frost, PWS, Certification Renewal Chair, Email
Harold Jones, PWS, Professional Short Course Pre-Approval Panel, Chair, Email


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Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program
Last Updated 3/25/15