Wetland Delineation with Emphasis on Soils and Hydrology

Course Overview

This course satisfies the requirements for basic wetland delineation training as specified by the Corps of Engineers and certification programs in many states. Materials and content are the same as identified in our in-person 5-day Basic Wetland Delineation classes with additional time spent developing a stronger foundation in important aspects of soils and Hydrology. Expect to spend a minimum of 28-lecture-contact-hours online. Online lectures must be completed prior to attending your chosen field session. You can proceed at your own pace, rewinding or reviewing lectures as many times as you wish until your course close date (November 30th). Successful completion of course requires participation at one in-person 24-contact-hour field session. 52 contact hours total. See dates below.


Tuition cost:

Your Course Includes

2022 Pocket Guide to Hydric Soil Field Indicators

This field guide is based on the National Technical Committee on Hydric Soils’ Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in the United States v. 8.0.

Printed lecture notes and electronic resources

All participants receive the same lecture notes provided in our in-person courses and a thumb drive of essential electronic resources.

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 anytime after your course opens (December each year).  You must complete all online lectures before your in-person field practicum date. You can review lectures online 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 interaction with Instructor

You will have face to face interaction with your field practicum instructor to ensure you understand all the material as well as standard field practices. During the online componenet of the course, please contact the instructor via the discussion board or our direct messaging system from the member’s area.

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.

Field Practicum Locations

Field session options for Basic Wetland Delineation Online with Field Practicum:

Dates Locations  Register by Field Location
September 17 – 19, 2024 Whitefish, MT REGISTER NOW

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Course Curriculum

The following lectures focus on the application of the Regional Supplements and the portions of the 1987 Wetland Delineation Manual still valid as used by the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and numerous state governments. Learn the technical guidelines for wetland delineations, field indicators of hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils, and wetland hydrology, methods for making jurisdictional determinations and methods to apply in difficult situations. Spend additional time on important aspects of soils and hydrology. Materials include a 2017 Pocket Guide to Hydric Soil Field Indicators, a USB drive containing current 1987 Wetland Delineation Manual, Regional Supplements, Plant Lists, and other publications, and Lecture Notes. Expect to spend a minimum of 28-lecture-contact-hours online that can be started at any time, but must be completed prior to attending the field session selected at time of registration. Successful completion of course requires participation at one 24-contact-hour field session.

  • Discussion: Welcome and Introduce Yourself Here (BWD-2023)
  • Discussion: I have questions or comments (BWD – 2023)
  • Welcome to Wetland Delineation with Emphasis on Soils and Hydrology Online Lectures
    0 minutes
  • Geographical Jurisdiction (52 minutes)
    52 minutes
  • Introduction to 1987 Manual and Regional Supplements (44 minutes)
    44 minutes
  • Wetland Hydrology Fundamentals
  • Landscape Relations (1 hour, 30 minutes)
    90 minutes
  • Wetland hydrology field indicators (1 hour, 44 minutes)
    104 minutes
  • Hydrology in the Field demonstration (18 minutes)
    18 minutes
  • Soil Fundamentals (1 hour, 19 minutes)
    79 minutes
  • Aspects of Soil Color (27 minutes)
    27 minutes
  • Redoximorphic Features (15 minutes)
    15 minutes
  • Hydric Soil Field Indicators (2 hours)
    120 minutes
  • Soil Indicators in the Field demonstration (13 minutes)
    13 minutes
  • Hydrophytic Vegetation (1 hour, 24 minutes)
    84 minutes
  • Hydrophytic Vegetation Exercise Results
    5 minutes
  • Technical Guidelines (13 minutes)
    13 minutes
  • Soil Surveys
  • Surface Water
    0 minutes
  • Groundwater
    0 minutes
  • Monitoring Water Movement
    0 minutes
  • Measuring Infiltration
    0 minutes
  • Assessing Drainage
    0 minutes
  • Methods – Part 1 (48 minutes)
    48 minutes
  • Methods – Part 2 (23 minutes)
    21 minutes
  • Difficult Wetland Situations
  • Problematic Soils (1 hour, 14 minutes)
    74 minutes
  • Disturbed/Atypical situations (1 hour, 13 minutes)
    73 minutes
  • Soil Taxonomy (1 hour, 15 minutes)
    75 minutes

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