Professional Ecologist Certifications

2019 Certification is Now CLOSED!

2020 Certification Cycle will open in November, 2019

For more information, visit the Process & Fees, Guidelines and FAQ pages.

Benefits of ESA Professional Certification

Certification through the Ecological Society of America is a way for ecologists, at all levels of education and training, to add a credential to their resume, demonstrate their expertise, and exhibit their skill level to potential employers, clients or colleagues. The goals of the certification program are:

  1. Establish and validate the credentials for certified ecologists.
  2. Recognize individuals whose education, training, and experience meet the ESA’s certification standards.
  3. Attest that certified ecologists have met minimum education and experience requirements for their certification levels; further attest that each certified ecologist acknowledges adherence to the ESA Code of Ethics.
  4. Foster the incorporation of ecological principles in the decision-making processes for consultancies, environmental and national resource agencies, applied research labs, government agencies and NGOs, foundations, and other organizations requiring the expertise of certified ecologists.
  5. Provide public access to a directory of professional ecologists for advice and technical guidance on public policy and regulatory issues facing society.

The Case for Professional Certification

The Value of Being a Certified Ecologist Recorded Webinar

Professional certification: increasing ecologists’ effectiveness PDF

Get Started – Checklist

To review certification requirements, click the requirements checklist button. Requirements Checklist