Continuing Education

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Image Credit: USFWS

The Wildlife Society seeks to provide on-going learning opportunities for wildlife professionals. We encourage our members to participate in professional development activities that help expand their foundations of knowledge, keep up-to-date on new developments in wildlife research, management, and conservation, and contribute to career advancement and personal enrichment.

TWS offers pre-approval of contact hours, or Continuing Education Units (CEUs), for attendance at a variety of meetings and trainings through our local Sections, Chapters, Working Groups, and conservation partners.  CEUs  may be applied towards Category 1 of the Certified Wildlife Biologist® renewal application or Category 1 of the Professional Development Certificate application.

Professional Development Certificate

A Professional Development Certificate is recognition by the Society that a certificate holder has gone above and beyond in staying engaged in the wildlife profession over the past five years.

Individuals that may qualify for a Professional Development Certificate are current TWS members that have partaken in a variety of professional development activities relevant to the wildlife profession, including but not limited to attendance at workshops and technical sessions, serving on committees or in leadership roles, and/or publishing in a professionally related subject matter.

Applicants do not have to be certified in order to apply. Professional Development Certificates are good for five years. Membership in TWS must remain in good standing in order for the Professional Development Certificate to remain active over the five year time frame. At the end of the five year time frame, a new application with logged contact hours can be submitted for a new certificate.

Professional Development Certificate Application Fee: $25

Submit your Professional Development Certificate Application to Applications need to be filled out using Adobe Reader software.

TWS Annual Conference

Many of you will be attending TWS’ 24th Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM in September and have asked about Continuing Education Units. As the conference schedule becomes more concrete, check back to see how many hours the this year’s conference will be pre-approved for.

Get Your Event Approved for Continuing Education!

Is your agency or chapter hosting an annual meeting, workshop, or training? Get it approved for continuing education credit through The Wildlife Society. Just send your event agenda to for review and approval.

Example of Approved Event:
National Bobwhite Technical Committee 2014 Meeting
July 29 – August 1, 2014
West Des Moines, IA

The NBTC 2014 Meeting, hosted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, was approved by the Wildlife Society for a maximum of 30 hours towards Category I of the TWS Certification Renewal/Professional Development Program.