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Taxonomic Certification Program

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The Taxonomic Certification Program is supported by the Society for Freshwater Science.

The Society of Freshwater Science Taxonomic Certification Program was implemented to certify that trained and skilled persons are providing aquatic invertebrate identifications in North America. The certification program tests a candidate’s knowledge and skills in aquatic invertebrate taxonomy and provides the successful applicant with a certificate of proficiency. The program also helps promote undergraduate and graduate training of new taxonomic experts, training of taxonomic technicians through workshops, development of new manuals for identifying aquatic invertebrates, and taxonomic excellence in other disciplines and other parts of the world.

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Exam Opportunity in Ontario
Exam Opportunity in Ontario
February 22, 2018: Certification exams will be offered at Dorset Environmental Science Centre in Dorset, Ontario. Read More
Exam Opportunity in West Virginia
Exam Opportunity in West Virginia
April 3, 2018: Certification exams will be offered at Cacapon State Park in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Read More
Exam Opportunity in North Carolina
Exam Opportunity in North Carolina
May 18, 2018: Certification exams will be offered at the Highlands Biological Station in Highlands, North Carolina. Read More
Exam Opportunity in Michigan
Exam Opportunity in Michigan
May 21, 2018: Certification exams will be offered at COBO Center in Detroit, Michigan. Read More
Exam Opportunity in North Carolina
Exam Opportunity in North Carolina
August 3, 2018: Certification exams will be offered at the Highlands Biological Station in Highlands, North Carolina. Read More

The Taxonomic Certification Program is administered by Stroud Water Research Center and supported by the Society for Freshwater Science.

About Stroud Water Research Center
Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. Since 1967, the Stroud Center has been leading the effort to produce innovative solutions for preserving and restoring fresh water. Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

About the Society for Freshwater Science
The Society for Freshwater Science is an international scientific organization whose purpose is to promote further understanding of freshwater ecosystems and ecosystems at the interface between aquatic and terrestrial habitats. The Society fosters exchange of scientific information among the membership, and with other professional societies, resource managers, policy makers, educators, and the public. Society members study the genetics to community structure of freshwater organisms, freshwater ecosystem function, physical processes that affect fresh waters, and linkages between freshwater ecosystems and surrounding landscapes. Applied aspects of their science include habitat and water quality assessment, conservation, fisheries and invasive species management, integrated water resource management, and restoration. Learn more at https://www.freshwater-science.org/