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Certification Application Requirements
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The current application window is NOW OPEN through October 12, 2018. 


Applicants for certification (CERP and CERPIT) must achieve minimum requirements for each of the following five elements:

  • Knowledge Base – a combination of academic credentials and/or accumulation of knowledge relevant to the profession of ecological restoration (see table below)
  • Professional-level Experience – experience performing restoration project and/or program work, not only in terms of the number of years of experience but also in terms of the depth and breadth of an applicant’s experience (e.g., significant experience in performing pre-project baseline and reference site inventories, participating in project planning and implementation, and monitoring).
  • Foundations of the Profession – knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts of ecological restoration through the e-learning course.  You can sign up at to get a login using the code "2018CERPWindow"



Credit Requirements 

Course Examples
 Biological Science  15 credits (at least 9 credits in ecology)  General biology (e.g., cell biology, genetics); ecology (e.g., forest ecology, wetland ecology, freshwater ecology, ecosystem ecology); botany (e.g., plant taxonomy, plant physiology); zoology (mammology, wildlife population biology, entomology)
 Physical Science 15 credits (at least 6 credits in soils, hydrology, and/or climate science)  Soil science, hydrology, geology, climate science, physics, chemistry, fluvial geomorphology
 Resource Management and Conservation  12 credits (at least 3 credits in ecological dimensions and at least 3 credits in human dimensions)  Ecological dimensions (e.g., forest management, fire management, range management, management of native or natural communities, invasive species management, conservation of wildlife populations, plant conservation, project planning and management)


Human dimensions (e.g., ethics of resource management, human behavior, public administration, interpersonal communications, natural resource policy/law, conflict resolution)

 Quantitative Science  9 credits (at least 6 credits in inventory, monitoring, or assessment)  Sampling theory and design, monitoring and assessment, data management, field techniques, GIS, remote sensing, biometrics, statistics
 Ecological Restoration  6 credits  Ecological restoration, restoration ecology


During the first 5 years of the program (2017-2022) there will be a Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) provision.  This will allow applicants and those who do not currently have the specified coursework (e.g., graduated prior to the development of ecological restoration-related course and degrees) to demonstrate they have obtained the required knowledge through alternate means. 

An initial application fee is due with submission of a full application. This fee is non-refundable, regardless of the outcome of the application.

Once certified, the certificant will pay an annual maintenance fee each year. In order to renew certification, the certificant will pay the recertification fee (in lieu of the annual maintenance fee that year).

Fees are shown below in US Dollars. 

Fee Membership Status Practitioner Practitioner-in-Training
Initial Application Fee SER Members $250 $100
Non-Members $350 $200
Annual Maintenance Fee SER Members $75 $50
Non-Members $100 $75
Recertification Fee SER Members $125 $100
Non-Members $225 $200
Upgrade from CERPIT to CERP SER Members NA $100
Non-Members NA $150