Federal Wetland / Waters Regulatory Policy

Course Overview

Federal Wetland / Waters Regulatory Policy provides the knowledge that is necessary to proceed through the US Army Corps of Engineers permit process with minimum cost and delay. Progress from a basic understanding of what the federal laws, regulations, and policies require and how the judicial decisions have affected them to a familiarity with the jargon, definitions, nationwide and individual permits, mitigation policies, and the administrative appeals process. Develop a firm grasp on the role of each of the agencies involved and how to effectively deal with the regulatory process.  Note: This course contains all of the content from our Nationwide Permits course plus in-depth coverage of policy topics.

Offered as an entirely online course or in-person (dates and locations below). For the online version of the course, progress at your own pace, review and complete your course before your course closes on November 30th (each year).

Receive: Federal Wetland Regulation Reference Manual with Updates, Nationwide Permits Complete 2022 Edition (book), and a printed copy of Lecture Notes.

32 contact hours/ Instructor pool: Walther, Dearing, Pierce


Course tuition:

Your Course Includes

Nationwide Permits Complete

This exclusive WTI publication remains the single, organized source for all documents required to move effectively through the nationwide permit process.

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

All participants in WTI courses receive a certificate of completion recognizing the course topic and minimum number of hours required to complete the course.

Frequently asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

In-person dates and locations are listed below. For the online version of this course,  it is self paced learning course you can access anytime after December 9, 2021. You can review lectures as many times as you wish until all online courses close on November 30th of each year.

Can I have face to face interation with Instructor

Yes, if you choose the in-person course. No, if you opt for the online version. The online course is self paced. However, you are free to contact the instructor via our course discussion board, or if needed, the direct messaging system from the member’s area. We do offer this course in-person if you prefer.

Does this course apply 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.

Course Options

This course is offered online or in-person:

Dates Locations Register by Format or Location
12 /11/2023 – 11/30/2024 ONLINE REGISTER NOW


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What Our Participants Say…

Your coverage in this policy course was extremely good. I have had significant experience in the policy end of things over the past 40+ years in the field, so I am familiar with the breadth and complexity of the state and federal rules. This course covered all the necessary areas.

“I use the Nationwide Permits Complete book on a daily basis and find it extremely valuable. Thank you for continuing to offer courses and such materials to the public.”

Course Curriculum

  • Discussion: Welcome and Introduction (POLICY – 2024)
  • Discussion: I have questions or comments (POLICY – 2024)
  • Welcome to Federal Wetland / Waters Regulatory Policy Online Lectures (11 minutes)
    11 minutes
  • Authorities and Definitions (51 minutes)
    51 minutes
  • Evolution of the Program (1 hour, 1 minute)
    61 minutes
  • Geographical Jurisdiction (52 minutes)
    52 minutes
  • Geographic Jursidiction Case Law (1 hour, 5 minutes)
    65 minutes
  • Regulated Activities (50 minutes)
    50 minutes
  • Regulated Activities Case Law (31 minutes)
    31 minutes
  • 404b1 Guidelines (37 minutes)
    37 minutes
  • Related Laws and Procedures (55 minutes)
    55 minutes
  • National Environmental Policy Act (48 minutes)
    48 minutes
  • Individual Permit Applications (1 hour, 1 minute)
    61 minutes
  • Individual Permit Case Law (30 minutes)
    30 minutes
  • Administrative Appeals (55 minutes)
    55 minutes
  • Legal Review (1 hour, 35 minutes)
    95 minutes
  • General Permits (48 minutes)
    48 minutes
  • Nationwide Permits – Part 1 (1 hour, 22 minutes)
    82 minutes
  • Nationwide Permits – Part 2 (1 hour, 10 minutes)
    70 minutes
  • Nationwide Permits – Part 3 (1 hour, 13 minutes)
    73 minutes
  • NWP General Conditions (1 hour, 12 minutes)
    72 minutes
  • Mitigation Part 1 (45 minutes)
    45 minutes
  • Mitigation Part 2 (1 hour, 20 minutes)
    80 minutes