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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11/21/23  9:37 am
Commenter: Lauren Conner, PWS, PWD, VSWD, InterAgency

Retain Current Regulatory Framework for PWD Certification

I am writing to express my concern over the removal/alteration of the current regulatory requirements for the PWD Certification. Specifically, the proposal to remove the educational requirements of the 32-hour wetland delineation course and the semester hours in relevant biological, physical and quantitative science coursework.  This educational background is the foundation of the professional knowledge and development essential for a professional wetland delineator. The PWD certification provides a benefit to the public by setting a high standard for professionalism in this field. Stripping requirements that would ensure a knowledgeable professional would not benefit public agencies or private clients who rely on the expertise of the consultant that they have hired for their project. Please reconsider these proposed changes. 

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