California Native Plant Society

California Consulting Botanist Certification

 

Professional Development Credits

Certification expires after 5 years and must be renewed. The Board of Certification (BOC) will notify you 6 months before your certification expires. Re-taking the exam will not be required for renewal, unless you wish to become certified at a higher level (e.g. Field Botanist to Consulting Botanist).

As part of the renewal process, continuing professional development is required. The goal of professional development is to broaden the background and enthusiasm of certified botanists with a focus on needs as well as interests. Fifty (50) Professional Development Credits (PDCs) must be completed before renewal and must be earned during the prior five year period as a certified botanist.

Subject areas will include (but not be limited to): professional ethics, plant taxonomy, plant ecology, plant identification, floristics, survey methods, assessment methods, mitigation methods, environmental laws and regulations, and CPR/AED/First Aid certification. PDCs will be accepted only from authorized providers or for courses and activities pre-approved by the BOC.

Here is a list of activities through which PDCs can be garnered:

1) Attending relevant classes, field workshops, and plant hikes/day trips; or completing relevant on-line coursework.

A range of credits, depending on content and skill level. See current approved list here [link coming soon].

2) Teaching relevant classes, field workshops, and on-line coursework; or leading plant hikes or day trips.

Generally, 2 x the credits for attending. Please note, all activities must be pre-approved by the BOC. Go here to find out how to get your event approved [link coming soon].

3) Publishing, presentations, and posters on botanically-related subjects, including:

  1. First or secondary author of a research paper or research review paper in a peer-reviewed journal or conference proceedings
  2. Author of an article or book review
  3. Refereeing an article for a peer-reviewed journal or conference proceedings
  4. Giving a presentation at a professional conference or symposium
  5. Presenting a poster at a professional conference or symposium
  6. Giving a presentation to interested members of the public

A range of credits, depending on content, length, and contribution. For a list of examples and information on how to submit your work for credit, go here [link coming soon].

4) Attending a professional and botanically-oriented/relevant conference or symposium

Generally, 2 credits per day of attendance. Go here to see current approved events, as well as to find out how to get your event approved. [link coming soon]

5) Professional Service

  1. Holding elected or appointed office in professional botanical societies and other organizations related to professional activities
  2. Actively serving on committees in professional botanical societies and other organizations related to professional activities

 

Generally, 5 credits per year of service

 

Generally, 2 credits per year of service

For information on submitting proof of professional service, go here [link coming soon]

6) CPR/AED/First Aid Certification

1 credit per year of valid and continuous certification
For information on submitting proof of CPR/AED/First Aid certification, go here [link coming soon].

 

Please note that every event and contribution is assessed individually; estimates given may be subject to change. The above list is not exhaustive, and requests for PDCs for activities not included above can be submitted to the BOC for individual approval by following the instructions listed here [link coming soon].

Individuals are responsible for submitting verification of PDCs earned, including making sure to sign in at approved events, classes, etc. All verification must be received by the CBC administration by the certification expiration date in order for re-certification to proceed. For verification forms to be filled out at the end of your 5-year period of certification, go here [link coming soon].

 

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