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CERP and CERPIT Maintenance

In order to maintain certification, practitioners and practitioners-in-training must: 1) pay certification maintenance fees and 2) participate in continuing education to stay abreast of rapidly evolving knowledge, approaches, strategies, techniques and requirements in the field of ecological restoration.

CERPs and CERPITs can be recertified after they have earned continuing education credits (CECs) as follows:

  • At least 50 CECs within the five-year period since they were last: certified,  recertified, or upgraded from CERPIT to CERP status
  • No more than 10 CECs for any single event
  • A minimum of five CECs must be earned in each year

If certificants are not able to achieve the minimum credits in any given year due to extenuating circumstances, they should notify SER so that alternate arrangements can be considered. 

There are seven broad categories of training and other professional activities with content relevant to ecological restoration for which CECs may be granted.  The maximum number of CECs for any single event is 10 credits.

Training or Professional ActivityCategory

Available for pre-approval?

Assignment of Continuing Education Credit Hours

1. Completion of college-level continuing education coursework


1 hour of classroom instruction/attendance = 1 CEC

2. Attendance of specialized training (e.g., short courses, workshops, field tours, webinars)


1 hour of attendance = 1 CEC

3. Attendance at conference sessions and symposia [1]


2 hours of attendance = 1 CEC

4. Instruction of speciatlized training (e.g., short courses, workshops, field tours, webinars) [2]


1 hour of instruction = 1 CEC

5. Preparation of publications, technical documents, or educational materials


Book = 10 CECs

Book chapter = 5 CECs

Peer-reviewed publication = 5 CECs

Other educational materials = 1 CEC

6. Completion of leadership roles in SER, SER chapters, or SER/chapter activities


Board member = 5 CECs/year

Committee member [3] = 3 CECs/year

Organizing SER or SER chapter events = 2 CECs/event

7. Completion of volunteer service for a not-for-profit organization, focusing on ecological restoration-related activities [4]


4 contact hours = 1 CEC

[1] Specific sessions and symposia within larger conferences may be pre-approved for credit.

[2] Continuing education credits will only be awarded once to college or university instructors for teaching regular semester- or quarter-long courses pertaining to ecological restoration.  If courses are taught multiple times (e.g., each year), only the first time it is taught will be considered for CECs.

[3] If the certificant serves on the Board and a committee at the same SER organizational level (e.g., both for a chapter), then he/she should only count the Board service.  If the certificant serves on the Board and a committee at different organizational levels (e.g., chapter board, SER committee) then both may count toward CECs.

[4] No more than 5 CECs can be obtained through volunteer service over the 5 year period.  

Regardless of whether CEC approval is sought before or after the event, CECs will be evaluated based on a number of standards including content, structure, instructor quality, and other qualifying factors (as applicable).

Content and Structure

  • Training or instruction must meet the definition of SER continuing education: Learning opportunities that keep practitioners abreast of rapidly evolving knowledge, approaches, strategies, techniques and requirements in the field of ecological restoration.
  • The content must fall into the one or more of the categories of educational requirements for SER certification of restoration practitioners (see Society for Ecological Restoration Certification Program Educational Achievement Criteria).
  • Educational objectives must be clearly stated.
  • Contact time must be a minimum of one hour.  Time spent on breaks, meals, administrative presentations, social events and travel (unless instruction occurs during travel) does not count toward instructional time. 
  • Participants who complete the training or activity must obtain a Confirmation of Completion certificate or other documentation.  If grades are assigned, the participant must obtain a passing grade and provide documentation. 
  • For distance learning (e.g., webinars, online courses), the sponsor or instructor will provide estimated contact time and the means of attendance verification. 

Instructional Personnel

  • Instructors must meet one of the following criteria:
    • be certified by SER or
    • be certified in a discipline appropriate to the course content by an appropriate society or government entity, be employed at an accredited college or university, or possess credentials appropriate for the subject matter of the proposed training as agreed upon by a majority of the SER Continuing Education Committee.
  • Instructors will abide by the SER Code of Ethics.
  • Instructors will not promote commercial products or include proprietary information in presentations.

Other Specifications

  • Publications are not eligible for CECs until they have been accepted by the publisher.
  • Qualifying volunteer service must be at a not-for-profit organization and service must focus on ecological restoration.
  • Documentation of volunteer hours (number of hours and description of the task) must be provided by the organization’s administrator or their designee.

Continuing Education activities can be submitted for pre- or post-approval at  Submitted CECs are reviewed by the Certification Program Coordinator and three members of the SER Continuing Education Committee. The applicant will be notified in writing (e.g., email) of approval or rejection of the CECs no later than 4 weeks after submittal. Once approved, the Certification Program Coordinator will update the CERP/CERPITs journal. 

You can pay your annual maintenance fees using the following links:

CERP: Pay My CERP Maintenance Fees

CERPIT:  Pay My CERPIT Maintenance Fees