Certification Process and Exam Information

Certification Process Overview

Wetland delineators in the state of Minnestoa are not required to be certified, although certification brings with it a variety of benefits to the delineator, their organizations, clients and projects. Certification is proof that the practicing expert has a well-rounded combination of both classroom and in-field training and maintians up-to-date knowledge on delineation subject matter by completing continuing education requirements biennially.

Application and Registration

Please note that completion of a basic four or five day wetland delineation course alone does not satisfy requirements to become certified. Exams are offered on Friday of the 5-Day Basic Wetland Delineation trainings; however, exam registration is not included with the course.  One must APPLY FOR, COMPLETE, AND PASS a certification exam.  

The following three steps are necessary to complete the certification process:

First, review the Certification Criteria (.pdf).  This will determine whether you are eligible for the In-Training or Professional exam.

Second, complete the appropriate APPLICATION and mail/email it to the Wetland Delineator Certification Program.  You MUST apply and be approved for certification before taking the exam.

Third, after receiving approval of you application, select a date below to REGISTER for the exam session of your choice.

To apply, please complete and mail the appropriate application form to the address listed at the bottom of the form. Emailed or faxed applications are also acceptable. You will receive an email confirming your application has been accepted or denied. Please note: if you are re-taking a certification exam there is no need for you to fill out a new application; simply re-register for the exam date of your choice.

2018 Exam Dates

*Exam times and locations may be subject to change.

You MUST have sent an exam application (above) and received approval before registering for an exam - the registration form (below) is NOT the application.

Date: March 15, 2018 
Time: 1:00  - 3:00 PM
Location: University of MN, St. Paul, MN 
Application and Registration Deadline: March 12
       *Register for this session with a credit card Online - Section 100
       *Register with a check or purchase order: 2018 Exam Regisrtation Form (.docx) 

Date: June 8
Time: Noon - 2:00 PM
Location: Arden Hills, MN
Application and Registration Deadline:
       *Register for this session with a credit card Online - Section 200
       *Register with a check or purchase order: 2018 Exam Regisrtation Form (.docx)

Date: September 14
Time: Noon  - 2:00 PM
Location: Little Falls, MN
Application and Registration Deadline: 
       *Register for this session with a credit card Online - Section 300
       *Register with a check or purchase order: 2018 Exam Regisrtation Form (.docx)

A $30 processing fee will be withheld from a registration if a person cancels, in writing, up to three business days prior to the exam. Any cancellations after that point will not be refunded. Test dates may be transferred one time, within at least 5 business days of the exam, without penalty.

* Registration online is placed through learning.umn.edu, any questions with login/passwords should be directed to the number or email on the homepage of that site.

2018 Exam Fees


  • Exam Fee: $100
  • Re-test Fee: $50
  • Biennial fee to maintain certification: $40


  • Exam Fee: $200
  • Re-test Fee: $100
  • Biennial fee to maintain certification: $140

Please note both In-Training and Professional exams are given at the same time and locations. The time listed is the actual start time of the exam. We recommend you arrive 20 minutes early to ensure you are checked-in and can begin on time. Late arrivals will not be allotted extra time to take the examination.

Exam Policies
A $30 processing fee will be assessed if you cancel up to three working days by 4:30 pm prior to any session. Any cancellation after these dates will forfeit the entire registration fee. Cancellation requests must be submitted vial email, mail, or fax.

A $20 fee will be added to any returned checks.

As of 7/1/2011: Any writing or marking on an exam will be subject to a $25 office and administrative fee. If the fee goes unpaid, no further testing will be allowed until the balance is zero.

Certification Process and Exam Information