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Applications are currently open through October 16, 2020). **

 **  If the COVID-19 pandemic continues through this year, we will likely keep the application systems open in between application windows to allow for unforeseen difficulties posed by the situation

 Click each step below to see full application requirements.


In order to become certified, applicants must:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the foundations of the profession by taking the e-learning course
  2. Submit the application fee
  3. Provide an application highlighting your knowledge base, professional-level experience, references, and compliance with the code of ethics.

You can sign up for a login for the E-learning Course using the code "2020CERPWindow". Once you have completed the course SER staff will upload the certificate of completion to your account at

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.  Click the appropriate link in the table to pay your application fee. Make sure that you are signed in to get the correct rate.

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


**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be keeping the application systems open in between application windows.  Applications will still be processed and reviewed following the next application window (August 17 through October 16, 2020).**  

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 – 5 years of full-time experience (or equivalence) conducting restoration in a professional setting.  
  • Project Experience – experience performing restoration projects including performing pre-project baseline and reference site inventories, participating in project planning and implementation, and monitoring.

  • References – demonstration that the applicant is held in high esteem by other restoration practitioners and has exhibited proficiency in ecological restoration.  Download the guidelines for reference letters.  As part of your application, you will be able to enter in the email addresses of your references.  Reference letters must be received before the application window closes.  If you would like referrers to be able to email in their letters before you finalize your application, they may email them to


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 (mammalogy, 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


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition:  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.