Wetland Delineation and Assessment
About this Program
Wetlands are highly productive, diverse environments that provide critical habitat for specialist plants and wildlife, mitigate flooding, remove excess nutrients from water and provide natural fire breaks in the landscape. Though wetlands are protected and regulated in Canada, the loss and degradation of wetland habitats have been extensive.
The Wetland Delineation and Assessment (WDA) non-credit, micro-credential courses address an urgent need for rigorous, unbiased training on the assessment and delineation of wetland boundaries, with topics including wetland classification, functions and values, impact assessment and wetland policy.
- Professionals with a university degree or college diploma in a science or engineering discipline
- Individuals seeking professional development (e.g., for a professional association or society)
- Practicing resource professionals: agrologists, biologists, engineers, hydrologists, industrial managers, foresters, technologists and planners
- Land managers employed in forestry, agriculture, fisheries, hydrology, water treatment, land development, and wildfire resiliency
- Different levels of government (municipal, provincial, federal, and Indigenous)
- Conservation organizations and agencies
- Individuals seeking employment in an environmental field
- Post-secondary students seeking to gain practical experience
Program Structure and Delivery
The WDA micro-credential consists of 50 hours of online and in-person learning activities, delivered through two courses that stack to earn a credential:
- Fundamentals of Wetland Delineation and Assessment (WDA1)
- May 8 – 10 | From 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Pacific
- Online using Zoom web conferencing
- Wetland Delineation and Assessment Field Training and Capstone Project (WDA2)
- In-person field days with additional online, asynchronous components before and after the fieldwork
- Choose one of the available sessions:
- May 16 – 17 | From 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Pacific
- May 18 – 19 | From 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Pacific
Fundamentals of Wetland Delineation and Assessment
Learn methods to identify wetlands and delineate their boundaries, and build technical skills for plant identification, description of soil profiles, evaluating hydrology, and using data to determine wetland boundaries.
Wetland Delineation and Assessment Field Training and Capstone Project
Gain hands-on experience in wetland field delineation methods, classification and functional assessment.
Learners who successfully complete both the Fundamentals of Wetland Delineation and Assessment and Field Training and Capstone Project courses will receive:
- a UBC Okanagan Non-credit Letter of Proficiency
- This non-credit learning opportunity has no prerequisites
- The content is designed for adult learners; participants must be 18 years or older
- Knowledge of plants, soils and ecology will be beneficial but is not required. Topics will be presented with no expectation of prior knowledge
- Fundamentals of Wetland Delineation and Assessment (WDA1) is a prerequisite for Field Training and Capstone Project (WDA2)
- The language of instruction is English
- Access to a computer with a recent operating system, web browser and updated version of Zoom
- High-speed internet connection
- Microphone, speakers and webcam
The standard program fee is $1750. For May 2023, the program will be offered at a special introductory price of $1400.
Learners will be asked to take part in pre- and post-course surveys that include information regarding current employment status, educational background, professional goals, and an evaluation of subject matter knowledge prior to and following the learning experience. In particular, there will be a survey distributed 6 months after the completion of this course. This information will be collected privately and used solely for the purpose of understanding the impact of the course in meeting the professional development needs of participants.
This credential is offered by the Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science at UBC Okanagan. Questions about department courses and programs should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: 2023-06-01 01:15