We provide wetland delineation & wetland training

Florida Statewide Wetland Delineation Training (62-340 FAC)

We provide wetland delineation & wetland training

This course is a follow-up to our Wetland Delineation and Management Training Class and addresses the protocols used by Water Management Districts, Department of Environmental Protection, and Counties in Florida, specifically:

  • Introduction to the Statewide method
  • Wetland delineation history
  • Definitions of strata
  • Stratum measurement procedures
  • Selecting appropriate stratum
  • Protocol for combining strata or shifting strata
  • "a" and "b" vegetation testing
  • Hydrology indicators
  • Field determination of saturation
  • Capillary fringe
  • Relationship between saturation & capillary fringe
  • Saturation and Inundation wetland hydrology requirements
  • "Aufwuchs" definition
  • Aquatic fauna
  • Morphologic adaptations
  • Field examples of soil profiling
  • Overview of soil taxonomy
  • Application of "c1" test
  • Application of "c2" test
  • Identifying the seven prima facie soil great groups
  • Introduction to hydric soils
  • Field identification of hydric soils
  • Proper usage of the Munsell chart
  • Interpreting a soil survey
  • Field examples of hydric sandy soils
  • Field examples of histosols
  • Field examples of hydric mineral soils
  • Oxidized root channels
  • Use of 2' 2' dipyridil
  • Soil hydrogeochemistry processes
  • Oxidation / reduction processes
  • Soil colors
  • How to dig a soil pit
  • How to test for saturation
  • Wetland exemptions
  • Field exercises (8 hours)
  • Review
  • Question and answer period


Completion Awards

Each participant will receive:
  • A Certificate of Completion,
  • 1.6 Continuing Education Units,


Skills & Knowledges

By the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Be able to select the appropriate stratum
  • Determine if a site passes the vegetation requirements of the "a" and "b" tests
  • Determine if a site satisfies the hydric soils criteria
  • Determine if a site satisfies the hydrology criteria
  • Apply the "a", "b", "c", and "d" tests
  • Determine what is a pine flatwood is and when it is not a wetland
  • Determine what sites have depressional or frequently flooded map units for the "c" test
  • Determine what sites have taxonomic great groups that pass the "c" test
  • Determine if a site is not a wetland even if it passes the "a", "b", "c", or "d" tests


    • 1 Day: Classroom lecture and group discussion
    • 1 Day: Field exercises to determine jurisdiction and wetland boundaries of selected reference wetlands



    The prerequisite for this course is one of the following:

    • Competency in the topics of our Wetland Delineation and Management Training Class



    • This course is two days long. Orientation begins at 7:30 am on the first day.  Courses start at 8:00 am and end at 5:00 pm daily, with an hour-long lunch and (2) 15-minute breaks.  The instructor will be available from 7:30 - 8:00 am daily for questions.

    • You will be confirmed within 2 days of registering by telephone, email, or fax.

    • Your cancelled check or credit card statement is generally accepted by the IRS; however, we give you a receipt at the end of a course.   if you need a receipt from RCET before the course, please let us know and we will mail, email, or fax you a receipt before the course.

    • Your comprehensive workbook will be provided on the first day of class.  You only need to bring pens, although they are often provided by the hotel.

    • We generally provide coffee in the morning and soft drinks after lunch.  Occasionally a continental breakfast is included, if so, you will be notified beforehand.

    • Lunch is on your own; on field trip days, we will stop at a mutually-agreeable location for a sit-down lunch.

    • Transportation  is generally provided from the training center to the field.  Occasionally, we may ask for a volunteer to drive to a site.

    • Dress appropriately for the weather.  For hot weather, we recommend full skin covering (i.e., long sleeves and long pants), and leather Gore-Tex® or rubber mid-calf (preferably white) boots.  Snake chaps or snake boots are generally not necessary. All persons should carry drinking water and a snack, and, if appropriate, sunscreen and / or insect repellant.

    • The instructor will have a cellular telephone for emergencies.

    • If you are allergic or may be allergic to bee or wasp stings or ant bites, contact your physician and the instructor before the field trip.

    • Now, a note from out legal counsel:  Because of the field nature of this course, there are hazards that we cannot foresee (including, but not limited to, slips; trips; and falls, sharp objects, uneven terrain, venomous snakes, bees; wasps; and ants, cold and heat stress, lyme disease, chiggers, large mammals, alligators, & poison ivy). 

    • That said, the field trip portion of this course carries no more health and safety risk than what the typical wetland scientist would expect in a day's assignment!  And after 200+ field trips, we have never experienced anything more severe than athlete's feet!


    Links of Interest

    Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineator Certification Program

    Wetland Delineation and Management Training course

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