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Army Corps of Engineers Regional Supplement Wetland Delineation Training

This training prepares one to delineate wetlands using the Army Corps of Engineers' Regional Supplements that have been adopted.


This 16-Hour Course

  • Covers, in detail, the knowledges necessary for one to delineate wetlands per the Regional Supplement Manuals of the Army Corps of Engineers,

  • Is designed for the experienced delineator who is competent with the 1987 Wetland Delineation manual protocol and has completed a 35 - 40 hour Wetland Delineation Training class or equivalent,
  • Is all hands-on field training,
Note: This course was upgraded from an 8-hour course this year


Skills & Knowledges you will gain

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to effectively use the Regional Supplement Manual protocol to:
  • Adapt to the use of other Regional Supplement Manuals from other regions,
  • Be able to determine dominant vegetation species using plots and transects with the prescribed methods,
  • Be able to determine if a site passes the Dominance Test, Prevalence Index Test, Morphological Adaptations test and Problematic Hydrophytic Vegetation test,
  • Be able to determine if a site satisfies the hydrology requirement based on in-situ field indicators of hydrology,
  • Be able to determine if a site has hydric soils, based on the in-situ field indicators,
  • Be able to determine if a site is within a wetland,
  • Be able to determine the boundaries of a wetland.


    • This course is held on a Thursday or Friday.

    • 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.

    • Lunch is on your own.  Because this is a field class, we will generally stop at a mutually-agreeable location for a sit-down lunch but may elect to bring a brown bag lunch with us.  You will be notified in advance of the lunch arrangement.

    • 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; our classes range from cold weather (<20 F) to very hot (>90 F).  If you are not sure what the expected weather is, please see The Weather Channel. For cold climates, we recommend Sorel or Lacrosse (or equivalent) insulated, waterproof boots; multiple socks; multiple layered clothing; head covering and mittens (preferred) or gloves.  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 may be appropriate. All persons should carry drinking water and a snack, and, if appropriate, sunscreen and / or insect repellant.

    • The instructor will generally 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 400+ field trips, we have never experienced anything more severe than athlete's feet!


    Links of Interest

    Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineator Certification Program

    Advanced Wetland Delineation and Management Training Class

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