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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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PWS Seal
The SWSPCP is proud to announce that we have developed a new Seal for use by Professional Wetland Scientists. We have developed this new seal in response to PWSs wanting a way to show their level of certification on delineations, reports, and mitigation. The new seal, designed by Board Member R. Harold Jones, is a great idea for PWSs to showcase their certification and skill level. The seal is completely unique to each individuals PWS. It contains the SWSPCP logo, the phrase "Professional Wetland Scientist", the individual's name, and PWS number.
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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

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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

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The 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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