Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists
Regulations Governing Certified Professional Wetland Delineators [18 VAC 145 ‑ 30]
Action General Review of Regulations Governing Certified Professional Wetland Delineators
Comment Period Ended on 12/8/2023
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10/31/23  10:37 am
Commenter: Jennifer


In regard to the Professional Wetland Delineator (PWD) requirement changes which include the removal of the wetland delineation course requirements, removal of applicable education and degree requirements, less delineation experience, and those who are certified in another state automatically will receive a PWD in Virginia. 

As an active wetland scientist and in my professional opinion, the current requirements necessary for this PWD certification ensure the integrity and quality of wetland delineations by requiring individuals to receive the necessary wetland course training, having a wetland-related background, and state-specific experience. All of these requirements are the building blocks that are imperative prior to sitting for the actual exam. Additionally, these requirements filter and remove non-qualified individuals who would otherwise likely not pass the rigorous exam due to lack of training, as well as experience.

I am in support of maintaining the current qualifications and requirements necessary to obtain a PWD certification.

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