Cooperating Forester Continuing Education and Training
To maintain cooperating forester status, each forester must complete at least 10 hours of professional education/training annually (due on July 1 of each year). This training should be relevant to services provided by the cooperator.
Use this continually-updated list of training sessions to help find continuing education opportunities. Sessions will be updated as information becomes available. The list is not intended to be a complete list of continuing education (training) opportunities. If you are aware of other sessions available, please submit them to Ron Gropp to share with others. See below to understand what is considered qualified training and find additional resources.
For training reported on the continuing education tracking sheet, you must include:
- name of course;
- who sponsored or put on the training;
- number of training hours; and
- if questionable or listed under "Needs more information" (below), attach the agenda from the course.
An event where a credible professional is presenting information for the educational benefit of the attendees relating to forestry, forestry-related subject matter or subject matter related to services provided by the cooperator is considered qualified training.
Note: The following lists are NOT all inclusive and are examples simply for your reference. If training sessions are questionable or listed under "Needs more information," please contact Ron Gropp for final determination. These opportunities are subject to approval. Attending different training sessions each year is recommended.
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Finding continuing education opportunities
Sessions will be updated as information becomes available. Use this continually-updated list of training sessions to track your continuing education hours when filling out the Cooperating Forester CE tracking sheet form which is due with your renewal materials.
The DNR holds several training sessions.
- Certified Plan Writer (CPW) Training
Cooperating Foresters interested in being certified to prepare management plans must attend the 3-day CPW training. The next scheduled CPW training is TBD. Please contact Jeff Simon with any questions, or to be added to the class training roster. Class size is limited to 18 students.
- Best management practices training
- National Heritage Inventory (NHI) portal training
The Aldo Leopold Foundation holds classes and workshops.