Continuing Education

Image Credit: USFWS

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 approval of Continuing Education hours for a variety of meetings and trainings through our local Sections, Chapters, Working Groups, and conservation partners.  Continuing Education hours may be applied towards Certified Wildlife Biologist Renewal or application towards a Professional Development Certificate.

Professional Development Certificate

The Wildlife Society’s Professional Development Program was developed to recognize TWS members who commit themselves to life-long learning and enhanced professionalism. Upon successful completion of the program, as evidenced by an approved Application and Personal Activity Record (PDF download), The Wildlife Society will issue a Professional Development Certificate. A minimum of 150 hours must be completed for certificate approval.

TWS Annual Conference

Many of you will be attending TWS’ 23rd Annual Conference in Raleigh, NC in October and have asked about continuing education hours. This year’s conference has been pre-approved for a maximum of 35 Category I continuing education hours that can go towards a Professional Development Certificate and CWB® Renewal.

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.