Basic Wetland Delineation (2019)

How Does This Course Work?

This 5-day in-person course focuses on 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. Class time is divided between lecture and fieldwork (24 lecture, 16 field = 40 contact hours). Scroll down to review topics covered.

Materials include a copy of WTI exclusive publication, 2017 Pocket Guide to Hydric Soil Field Indicators, a USB drive containing current 1987 Wetland Delineation Manual, Regional Supplements, Plant Lists, other references, and Lecture Notes.

This course satisfies the requirements for basic wetland delineation training as specified by the Corps of Engineers and certification programs in many states.  Choose from locations listed below.



Your Course Includes

2017 Pocket Guide to Hydric Soil Field Indicators

This book 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.

Instructor interaction

WTI instructors are available to answer specific questions during and after your course.

Frequently asked Questions

Where is the specific location or venue for the course?

We finalize specific logistics once a course has reached minimum enrollment and is officially “confirmed.” Once confirmed, all registered participants will be notified of specific details so travel and other arrangements can be made as needed.

Will this course cover current Regional Supplements?

Yes, this course will address and use regional supplements as appropriate for the course location. Also note that most WTI courses have broad applicability throughout the United States. Thus, whether you take Basic Wetland Delineation in the Northwest or Planning Hydrology, Vegetation, and Soils for Constructed Wetlands in the Southeast, most of the information in both classes will be applicable in either place.

Does this course have any certificates?

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).

Course Locations

Dates and Location options for Basic Wetland Delineation field practicum:

2019 Dates Locations Register by Location
September 23 – 27, 2019 Portage, WI Purchase Course
Click here to see 2020 course dates.

Also offered as a hybrid course with online lectures and field practicum. Click here to see dates.

What our participants say…

“Instructors were awesome! Course was awesome! A LOT of information, but good information, that I would not have learned anywhere else.”

“The instructor knows the 1987 USACE Manual inside and out and is an expert in the field of wetland delineation. I would recommend this course to anyone wishing to expand their knowledge on the subject.”

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Course Curriculum

This 5-day in-person course focuses 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.

Lecture topics include:

(24 contact hours in the classroom)

  1. Federal Geographic Jurisdiction
  2. Introduction to 1987 Manual and Regional Supplements
  3. Wetland Hydrology Fundamentals
  4. Wetland hydrology field indicators
  5. Fundamental Soil Concepts
  6. Soil Color
  7. Redoximorphic Features
  8. Field Indicators of Hydric Soils
  9. Hydrophytic Vegetation
  10. Vegetation Exercise
  11. Technical Guidelines
  12. Use of Soil Surveys
  13. Methods – Part 1
  14. Methods – Part 2
  15. Difficult Wetland Situations
  16. Problematic Hydric Soils
  17. Disturbed/Atypical situations
  18. Soil Taxonomy

Field Practicum Includes:

(16 hours in the field)

  1. Safety Briefing
  2. Instructor Demonstrations and Use of Data Sheets
  3. Student Characterizatoin of Data Points and Use of Data Sheets
  4. Field Exercises