Continuing Education Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What is the difference between direct and indirect credits for Continuing Education?
A: Direct credits are allocated to educational activities directly related to the skills and knowledge associated with conducting and reviewing wetland delineations. This typically involves activities related to soils, hydrology, and vegetation in terms of their relevance to delineation. Indirect credits are allocated to educational activities that are indirectly related to the skills and knowledge associated with conducting and reviewing delineations. This typically involves such topics as wetland regulations, wetland restoration, and others that do not directly address skills and knowledge related to conducting or reviewing wetland delineations. Indirect credits are assigned at a ratio of 1 credit for every 4 hours of activity and can be used for up to half of the biennial required continuing education hours.
Q: Why did I only get 2 credit hours for attending the 6 or 8 hour session or conference?
A: One of two reasons are possible. It could be that the credits are "indirect credits" (see previous FAQ) and they were assigned at the ratio of 1 credit for every 4 hours of activity. Another reason might be that the agenda of the session includes only a portion that relates to the skills and knowledge associated with wetland delineation and crediting was based on the estimated time devoted to those.
Q: How do I know how much a particular training session, conference, etc. is worth in terms of WDCP continuing education hours?
A: Certified delineators should first check the WDCP website to see if the event is posted with assigned credits. If not, then the detailed agenda should be submitted to the WDCP with a request for a credit determination. It may take a few weeks to hear back, so send the agenda as soon as possible.
Q: How does the WDCP determine credits for any session?
A: The WDCP reviews agendas of sessions and assigns credit based on the approved continuing education policy. If agendas are vague, lacking detail, credit assignment is conservative in terms of allocating less credit if it is not clear that the topic or topics are related to wetland delineation per the policy.
Q: Why doesn't the WDCP just give credits for anything related to wetlands, like they did in the past?
A: Because the WDCP was specifically established to educate and certify professionals in the process of wetland delineation, not wetland science in general. Expanding the program to include all wetland-related aspects would make the certification more like the Society of Wetland Scientists certification for all wetland professionals regardless if they are involved in wetland delineation or not. Certifying professionals in this more general way would provide even less assurance that certified individuals have the knowledge to become competent at delineating wetlands.
Q: Now that the renewal is on a biennial basis, can I still carry-over hours?
A: No. Now that an extra year is allotted to earn continuing education hours, carry-over is no longer allowed.