Home > Wetland Training > Methodology for Delineating Wetlands

Join Our Mailing List button

Methodology for Delineating Wetlands

Course Code: EH0401CA21

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

Methodology for Delineating Wetlands

Bookmark and Share
Date & Time

October 20-23, 2020
8:30am - 5:00pm (Check-in time on Day 1: 8:00am)

View upcoming offerings of this course.


“I just wanted to compliment Rutgers on such an excellent course: the professionals, the location, and the knowledge. It was fantastic and I truly enjoyed learning all of the 'science' and methodology behind what I have been taught to do over the past three (3) decades. I can't tell you how many 'light bulbs' went off in my brain as I absorbed as much as I could. This is a course that I will be certainly recommending to others in the future. Well done.”

-Barbara Wolley-Dillon,
Zoning Official/ Land Use Administrator
Borough of Mantoloking

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

NOTE: The Corps Regional supplements for the Atlantic Coastal Plain and Northeast-Northcentral Regions will not be covered in this class.

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

Please be advised that 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

The October 20-23, 2020 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

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

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) Credits - Pending

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

NJ Landscape Architects - Pending

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

NY Landscape Architects - 14 hr CL; 18.5 hr EA

NY Land Surveyors - 12 hours

NY Professional Engineers - 12 hours

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). CEs for Methodology for Delineating Wetlands are still pending.

Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP) - Methodology for Delineating Wetlands has been pre-approved for 2.1 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).

The Wildlife Society - 24 hours

raplph tiner, wetlands instructor

Ralph Tiner, M.S., M.P.A., SWS Fellow has over 40 years of practical experience in wetland delineation and is a nationally recognized authority in the field. He recently retired from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service where he directed wetland mapping in the Northeast United States as part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's National Wetlands Inventory (NWI). He is a nationally recognized expert on wetland delineation and has been actively involved in improving wetland delineation techniques for decades. In addition, he was compiler and principal author of the Federal Interagency Wetland Delineation Manual, which was published in 1989 and is the standard for identifying and delineating wetlands in New Jersey.

Ralph has written extensively on the subject of wetlands and is the author of 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 an update of the Wetland Indicators book entitled Wetland Indicators: A Guide to Wetland Formation, Identification, Delineation, Classification, and Mapping. His most recent books are: Tidal Wetlands Primer: An Introduction to Their Ecology, Natural History, Status, and Conservation and Remote Sensing of Wetlands: Applications and Advances (for which he is senior editor and authored several chapters).

In addition to writing about wetlands, he has been teaching wetland identification and delineation courses through the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Office since the mid-1980s.


Wetlands instructor Mal Gillbert

Mallory N. Gilbert, CPSS; PWS, Emeritus; CPESC, Retired; LtCol USAF, Retired (Mal) has been a private consultant since 1986 and has more than forty 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 and the U.S. Department of Interior Fish and Wildlife Service. 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), is a contributing author and editor of Wetland Mitigation: Planning Hydrology, Vegetation and Soils for Constructed Wetlands by Gary J. Pierce, and has also served on the peer review panel for the "Regional Supplement to the Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual: Northcentral and Northeast Regions." Mal completed his tenure as an appointed Board Member of the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS), International in 2017, having served three-years as the SWS Awards Committee Chair. He has also served as an Executive Board Member of the Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP), as SWSPCP President Elect (2007-2008), President (2008-2009), Immediate Past President (2009-2010), and as Ethics Committee Chair for the SWSPCP (2011-2016). He continues to serve the SWSPCP as a Member of the Professional Certification Renewal Committee. In 2019, Mal was honored with the SWSPCP's R. Harold Jones Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his achievements as a professional wetland scientist.


Both of the following textbooks are required:

Wetland Indicators: A Guide to Wetland Formation, Identification, Delineation, Classification, and Mapping / Edition 2 (ISBN # 9781439853696) Ralph W. Tiner - $100.00

Munsell Soil Color Chart - $215.00

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.

Multi Course Registration Fee TBD Save when you register for this class and Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: North or South!
Early Registration Fee TBD  
Registration Fee TBD  
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and deli buffet 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
Directions and Map

(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.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

Would you like to be notified when the next offering is scheduled? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Methodology for Delineating Wetlands" or Course Code EH0401) 
2. Call us at 848-932-9271, select option 3
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Suzanne Hills, 848-932-7234
Administrative Assistant: Arleth Mendoza, 848-932-7764

Attention U.S. Veterans

This course is approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill®. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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 7 days of training: our 2-day Hydric Soils class, 2-day Vegetation Identification course (North or South sessions ONLY), and our 3-day Methodology of Delineating Wetlands course. Participants must also complete the online 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

Back to top

See all Rutgers Wetland Training Programs