Exam Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Is certification required to conduct wetland delineations/determinations in Minnesota?
A: No, not necessarily. Currently, the certification program is voluntary. However, local units of government administering the Minnesota Wetland Conservation Act can and sometimes do require delineations conducted in their jurisdiction to be completed by a certified delineator. Also, many agencies, local governments, and consultants that hire staff to complete or review delineations require that thy be certified delineators upon hire or within a specified time-frame after hire. In addition, some private and government contracts involving wetland delineation/determination as a component of the contract require certified delineators as a minimum qualification. The WDCP keeps a current list of certified delineators and that list is posted on the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources website for the employers and contractors to verify certification. Continued certification indicates that an individual has kept up-to-date on the latest wetland delineation techniques and methodologies.

Q: What is the advantage of being a Professionally certified delineator versus an In-Training certified delineator?
A: Individuals with In-Training certification have the appropriate background and education, but lack experience. Most of the employers and contractors requiring delineation certification are likely referring to Professional certification as opposed to In-Training. In-Training certification demonstrates background and knowledge, but does not convey the experience component as does professional certification. The In-Training certification often serves as a stepping stone to Professional certification after experience is gained. Please see the question above regarding advantages of certification.

Q: Will the certification or in-training exam be available at the end of the 5-day training?
A: Yes, the exams will be available at the end of the 5-day delineation training. Although, you must have an approved application prior to registering for the exam. Visit the certification process and exam information page for details.

Q: Can I pay for courses, exams or continuing education renewal with a credit card?
A: Yes! All of our courses can be paid for with a Check, Purchase Order, or Credit card.  

Q: Is there a separate fee for the exam or is it included in the cost of the training?
A: The cost of the exam is NOT included in the cost of the training. Although, once your application for either exam has been accepted you can send in one check to cover the price of the exam and training.

Q: There are a few people from my company that will be going to the training session. Do we all need to send in payments separately?
A: No, you do not need to send in separate payments for each person, but please make sure the following items are in order.

  • If you mail in the payments when the registration is mailed, please mail all registration forms together with the payment.
  • If you mail in the payment after the registration has been mailed, please either include a list of people the registration is meant to cover or copies of the registration forms.
  • If more than one person from the company is planning on taking the exam, a separate application must be sent for each person. The check for the exams may be sent together in one payment AFTER the applications have been approved.

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