Botanist Certification NorCal Exam - Nov 2019

Date:
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location:
Camp Pollock (Venue may change within Sacramento/Yolo County)

Professional certification for field and consulting botanists is good for the profession and good for the environment! Certification helps ensure that the most qualified people conduct California’s environmental reviews and that our decision-makers have the information they need to make sound land-use decisions.  That’s why CNPS and other leading botanical organizations have partnered to create a consulting botanist certification to formally recognize botanists that:

  • Incorporate scientifically sound botanical principles in decision-making
  • Meet a minimum set of standards in knowledge and experience
  • Adhere to high ethical standards

Two levels of certification:  Field Botanist, Consulting Botanist

Those botanists that have become certified have each passed rigorous examinations to determine their knowledge and experience.  A total of four examinations have been developed to measure a botanist’s knowledge. Many of the test questions are based on years of experience, not from a course lecture.  Two of the exams measure the botanist’s knowledge and skill at identifying the California flora. The remaining two exams measure the botanist’s knowledge of terminology, taxonomy, floristics, statistics, field measurement and survey methods, vegetation ecology, environmental regulations and processes, and everything else that field and/or consulting botanist working in California needs to know.  The Certified Botanist has passed each exam with at least a score of 75%, as well as signing their name to a Botanist’s Code of Ethics that requires the Certified Botanist to hold and follow high professional standards in conduct.

If you have previously taken the exams, but did not pass, you may retake any exam you did not pass. The cost to retake is $115 per exam.

Learn more at https://www.cnps.org/education/botanist-certification

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