Certification

Certification is an important component of the program.  It ensures program support, provides access to resources such as free or low-cost basic equipment, and it is especially important for maintaining quality assurance and quality control (QAQC)...

Groups can become certified if they are WV residents (this includes part-time residents, students and other regional groups at the discretion of the Coordinator) and they agree to and sign the Program's memorandum of understanding (MOU).  The volunteer group must agree to the terms and conditions of the MOU in order to be eligible to receive a biosurvey kitIn order to maintain certification, groups must meet the following minimum criteria:
1. Complete and submit a minimum of one survey each year (two are preferred).  If you cannot submit an annual survey, please provide the coordinator with a brief explanation.  Some examples include, extreme low-water conditions; for groups with multiple stations (not all stations could be monitored); a shortage of personnel etc.
2. All surveys are reviewed by the SOS Coordinator.  Mail a clear copy to the WV Save Our Streams Program and always keep a copy for your records.  You can also scan and submit your survey by Email to the SOS Coordinator or enter you survey into the VADNote: Several weeks or up to a month may pass before the coordinator returns your survey, so you should always keep a copy for your records.   
3. Complete your re-certification within one-year after receiving your first certification and every two years thereafter.  Note: It is the volunteers' responsibility to maintain thier certification.  The WV Save Our Streams Program does not send out notifications if a certification is about to expire.
4. Re-certification requires a test and/or field visit so that the Coordinator or a designee can observe your monitoring techniques/skills. 
 

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