After over ten years of planning, the Society of Ecological Restoration (SER) formally announced on January 17, 2017 the world's first certification program for ecological restoration practitioners. This certification is intended to encourage a high professional standard for practitioners who are designing, implementing, overseeing, and monitoring restoration projects throughout the world.

Mickey Marcus, business development director in SWCA's Amherst office, has been named as the SER Chairman of the Certification Committee. The first round of applications for certification has been opened. The SER certification program is a credentialing program that certifies that practitioners meet a certain set of minimum requirements. In addition to an educational requirement, practitioners must have a minimum of five years of experience in the field of ecological restoration. There is a practitioner-in-training certification for those individuals who have the educational background, but do not have the experience.

For more information, see the certification fact sheet here.