Advanced Hydric Soils Online with Field Practicum (2019)

How Does This Course Work?

This course begins with 8 hours of online lectures on soil formation, redoximorphic features, soil color, drained hydric soils, and wetlands not meeting indicators. The 2-day field practicum includes field exercises and additional instruction on regional hydric soil indicators and problematic situations. Informed insights and a focus on field techniques and proper documentation should greatly improve the participant’s command of the Field Indicators of Hydric Soils, a major aspect of the Regional Supplements for wetland delineation. Field visits will examine natural, landscaped, and disturbed conditions and include time for in-depth questioning of a knowledgeable instructor to reinforce the lectures. Participants will receive Lecture Notes, 2017 Pocket Guide to Hydric Soils Indicators, and a USB drive containing the current Regional Supplements and other pertinent reference publications.

Expect to spend a minimum of 8-lecture-contact-hours online and 16 hours in the field. Online lectures can be started (and reviewed) at any time, but must be completed prior to attending the field session selected at time of registration. Successful completion of this course requires participation at one in-person 16-contact-hour field session. See dates and locations below.


Course tuition:

Your Course Includes

2017 Pocket Guide to Hydric Soil Field Inidcators

This field guide is published exclusively by WTI and is based on the National Technical Indicators of Hydric Soils in the United States v. 8.0.

Printed Lecture Notes and Electronic Resources

Receive a copy of lecture notes and a thumb drive of essential electronic resources to reference after the course.

Certificate of Completion

You will receive a certificate of completion with instructional contact hours documented once you have completed all course requirements (i.e. online lectures, field practicum, discussion forum participation).

Frequently asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

You can begin your online lectures as soon as you register and pay for your course. Your printed and electronic course materials should arrive in the mail within about a week. You must complete all online lectures before your in-person field practicum date. You can review online lectures anytime until November 30th (online course close date).

Can I view lectures at my own pace?

Yes! You can view and review lectures as many times you wish until your course closes. All online courses close on November 30th each year.

Can I have face to face interation with Instructor

Yes, you will have face-to-face interaction with your WTI instructor during your field practicum dates. Beforehand, you are free to contact the online course instructor via our direct messaging system from the member’s area. Our instructors are are available to answer specific questions during and after your course.

Does this course count towards my certification program?

Your certificate of completion can be used to document instructional hours received in this topic. You should contact the specific certifying agency or association directly to find out how they will assess or credit this WTI course. Typically, our courses are accepted by all state and national certifying agencies and associations; however, you should confirm that with the specific certification program to which you are applying or renewing.


Dates and location options for Advanced Hydric Soils field practicum:

2019 Dates Locations Register by Location
February 13 – 14, 2019 San Diego, CA Purchase Course
May 13 – 14, 2019 State College, PA CANCELLED
June 19 – 20, 2019 Anchorage, AK Purchase Course
June 24 – 25, 2019 Twin Cities, MN CANCELLED
July 11 – 12, 2019 Denver, CO Purchase Course
October 23 – 24, 2019 Portage, WI Purchase Course


Course Curriculum

  • Discussion: Welcome and Introduce Yourself Here (AHS)
  • Discussion: I have questions!!!??!?! (AHS)
  • Welcome to Advanced Hydric Soils Online
  • Soil Formation
  • Hydric Soils and Redox
  • Soil Color
  • Field Indicators of Hydric Soils
  • Problematic Hydric Soils