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Methodology for Delineating Wetlands

Course Code: EH0401CA17

This course is eligible for continuing education credits toward the Society of Wetland Scientists’
Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) Certificate Program.

Methodology for Delineating Wetlands

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Date & Time

October 25-28, 2016
8:30am - 5:00pm (Check-in time on Day 1: 8:00am)

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Learn the methods of the experts! This four-day course will introduce you to delineating wetlands using the Federal Interagency Wetland Delineation Manual, which is required for use in New Jersey. Techniques taught will also be applicable to individuals interested in using the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual

Learn how to recognize key indicators of wetlands (hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils and other signs of wetland hydrology) and how to use them to follow the delineation methods outlined in the manual.  Immediately apply criteria learned in the classroom while performing wetland determinations during team field exercises.

Features of Wetland Indicators

  • Vegetation: Analyze plant communities and identify dominant plants and indicators of hydrophytic vegetation
  • Soils: Identify sandy and non-sandy hydric soils based on the National List of hydric soil field indicators
  • Hydrology: Recognize direct and indirect indicators

Prerequisite: If you are planning to earn the Wetland Delineation Certificate, completion of Vegetation Identification for Delineating Wetlands is required prior to attending this course.

NOTE: This is not an introductory course. For an introductory course, please enroll in our Introduction to Wetland Identification course.

See what past attendees said about this course!

Recertification Credits

In addition to 3.2 Rutgers CEUs, this wetland training course is approved for the following credits:

Certified Public Works Manager (CPWM) - 5 Technical, 5 Management, 2 Government

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) Credits - 32 hours

Landscape Architects (NY) - 14 hr CL; 18.5 hr EA

Land Surveyors (NY) - 12 hours

Professional Engineers (NY) - 12 hours

Professional Engineers (NJ) - 24 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) credits

SAF (Society of American Foresters) - Pending

ATTENTION HEALTH OFFICERS AND REGISTERED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS: Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 26 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP) - Methodology for Delineating Wetlands has been pre-approved for 1.8 equivalent semester hours by the SWSPCP as meeting standards for content and instruction toward SWSPCP Professional Certification or SWSPCP Professional Certification Renewal. Approval per course is calculated based upon 15 hours of contact time per credit. Click here for more information about the Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP).

raplph tiner, wetlands instructor

Ralph Tiner, M.S., M.P.A. has 40 years of practical experience in wetland delineation and has written extensively on the subject.  He has written several field guides including: Field Guide to Non-tidal Wetland Identification, Maine Wetlands and Their Boundaries, A Field Guide to Coastal Wetland Plants of the Northeastern United States, and In Search of Swampland, as well as Wetland Indicators: A Guide to Wetland Identification, Delineation, Classification, and Mapping.

Wetlands instructor Mal Gillbert

Mallory N. Gilbert, PWS, CPSS, CPSSC (Mal) has been a private consultant since 1986 and has more than thirty-five years of professional experience in plant sciences, natural resources management, and wetland and soil sciences. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and Forestry Facilities Design (1972) and a Master of Science degree in Agronomy/Soil Physics (1975), both from the University of Connecticut. Mal has authored numerous environmental reports, publications, and regulations for a variety of state, federal, and private organizations. In addition, he has worked as a contributing scientist contractor for the former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station (WES) in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Mal has edited and published The Land Judging Guide for Vermont (third and fourth editions), has authored portions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Laboratory Engineer Research and Development Center, Wetlands Research Program: Wetlands Engineering Handbook (ERDC/EL TR-WRP-RE-2) and, most recently, served on the peer review panel for the "Regional Supplement to the Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual: Northcentral and Northeast Regions." Mal is currently serving as Ethics Committee Chair for the Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program, Inc. (SWSPCP). He has also served the SWSPCP as an Executive Board Member, as President Elect (2007-2008), President (2008-2009), and Immediate Past President (2009-2010).


Required Textbook
Wetland Indicators: A Guide to Wetland Identification, Delineation, Classification, and Mapping [ISBN 0873718925] Ralph W. Tiner - $85.00

Recommended Textbook
Munsell Soil Color Chart - $185.00

You may purchase either of these textbooks on your own or through our office with your registration. If you purchase them through our office, they will be given to you on the first day of the course.

Early Registration Fee $1,030.00 Register on or before October 11, 2016 and save!
Multi Course Fee Registration Fee $990.00 Save when you register for this class and Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: North or South only!
Registration Fee $1,050.00 After October 11, 2016

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


We strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Somerset County Environmental Education Center - Lord Stirling Park
190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
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(Day 4 is held at a separate location. Further information will be provided in your registration packet.)

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


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Program Questions? Contact Us!

Senior Program Coordinator: Dalynn Knigge, 848-932-7315
Administrative Assistant: Bianca Scardina, 848-932-7316

Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for tuition reimbursement through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.

Jump-Start Your Career with a Rutgers Certificate!

Promote your education and experience in wetland plant identification and delineation -- earn the nationally recognized Rutgers Wetland Delineation Certificate today! The certificate program consists of 6 days of training: our 2-day Vegetation Identification course (North or South sessions ONLY) and our 4- day Methodology of Delineating Wetlands course. Participants must also complete the take-home exam with a score of 70% or better in order to earn the certificate. This nationally-recognized certificate program will demonstrate that you have completed extensive training in wetland delineation and give you an edge in the marketplace.

Past Students Reveal What They Learned in the Course

"I did not just give excellent ratings to the instructors because I want to look good. I truly felt that both instructors were attentive, knowledgeable, and understanding."
- Daniel P. Laue, Environmental Scientist

"I want to thank your office for actually offering these continuing education courses; they truly are one of a kind in the area, well worth the time and resources it takes to attend.  The professors are definitive experts in their related fields and are extremely enlightening.  I look forward to taking additional courses in the future."
Nicholas Ginther, Landscape Designer, DW Smith Associates, LLC

"I learned what the alphanumeric codes in a Munsell [soil color chart] mean and I know how to apply them now to determine soil chroma and value. The materials/tools that accompany the course proved very useful when applied in the field."
- A. Holly, Environmental Scientist

"Soil identification and its use in wetland delineation."
- J. Mabus, Biologist

"Good emphasis on plant sampling techniques to determine dominance."
- S. Lacy, Environmental Scientist

"How to justify the wetland line."
- T. D'Angelo, Environmental Consultant

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