Announcing a New Certification Program for Ecological Restoration Practitioners!


SER is excited to announce the Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner Program (CERP)! This program will certify qualified ecological restoration practitioners (and practitioners-in-training). Certification will be based on a combination of:

  • Knowledge base (there will be a grandfathering clause during the first 5-year cycle)
  • Professional-level experience
  • References
  • Review and agreement with SER’s ethics and disciplinary policies
  • Successful completion of SER e-learning course (estimated at ~90 minutes) on the foundations of ecological restoration



Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioners (CERPs) and Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioners in Training (CERPITs) can be recertified by earning a minimum of 50 continuing education credits (CECs) within the five-year period since they were last: certified,  recertified, or upgraded from CERPIT to CERP status. A minimum of five CECs must be earned in each year.

  • Completion of college-level continuing education coursework: 1 hour of classroom instruction/attendance = 1 CEC
  • Attendance or instruction of specialized training (e.g., short courses, workshops, field tours, webinars): 1 hour of attendance = 1 CEC
  • Attendance at conference sessions and symposia: 2 hours of attendance = 1 CEC
  • Preparation of publications, technical documents, or educational materials:
    • Book = 10 CECs
    • Book chapter = 5 CECs
    • Peer-reviewed publication = 5 CECs
    • Other educational materials = 1 CEC
  • Completion of leadership roles in SER, SER chapters, or SER/chapter activities: Board member = 5 CECs/year
  • Committee member= 3 CECs/year
  • Organizing SER or SER chapter events = 2 CECs/event
  • Completion of volunteer service for a not-for-profit organization, focusing on ecological restoration-related activities
    4 contact hours = 1 CEC

For more information on CECs: