Types of Certification
SER's ecological restoration practitioner certification program encourages a high professional standard for those who are designing, implementing, overseeing, and monitoring restoration projects throughout the world. Two levels of certification are offered:
- Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioners (CERPs) are senior level practitioners who have greater than 5 years of full time experience with restoration.
- Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioners-in-Training (CERPITs) are recent graduates and those practitioners who do not yet have more than 5 years of full time experience with restoration – OR- those practitioners with sufficient experience who are still working on the educational criteria.
Both certification types are valid for 5 years after approval. In order to be recertified, CERPs and CERPITs must earn a minimum of 50 continuing education credits within the five-year period since they were last certified. Appropriate continuing education opportunities are those that keep practitioners abreast of rapidly evolving knowledge, approaches, strategies, techniques and requirements in the field of ecological restoration. Credits may be provided for approved short courses, webinars, symposia, workshops, technical publications, and other events that contribute to the field of ecological restoration.
The SER certification program goals include:
- Goal 1: Establish and validate the credentials for ecological restoration practitioners
- Goal 2: Encourage practitioners to practice ecological restoration according to consistent, comprehensive “standards of practice”
- Goal 3: Increase public, client, employer, and peer confidence in ecological restoration practice and practitioners
- Goal 4: Fill an increasing demand for a skilled workforce to design, implement and monitor effective ecological restoration projects
- Goal 5: Improve the quality of ecological restoration projects on the ground
- Goal 6: Facilitate the exchange of information and promote the advancement of proven techniques used in ecological restoration
- Goal 7: Define a clear pathway into, and provide a supportive environment within the restoration community
Benefits of Certification
- By promoting practitioner standards, we hope to improve ecological restoration and the associated benefits on the ground.
- Individuals can improve their professional status through formal recognition of their training and experience
- Academic institutions with ecological restoration degree programs can use the knowledge requirements to evaluate curricula so that graduates will have the core competencies specific to the field
- Employers, agencies, organizations, and the general public will benefit by easily being able to identify those practitioners who meet the high standard set by SER.