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Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator™

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Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Certification expires two years from the date of issue listed on the CWR Certificate and must be renewed every two years to remain valid. Certification Renewal Candidates must accrue and show proof of two CEU during this two-year certification period to qualify for renewal.

CEU may be obtained using any of the following methods:

- 8 hours of attendance at an approved wildlife-related conference = 1 CEU
- 8 hours of attendance at an approved wildlife-related training class or workshop = 1 CEU
- Presentation of a paper at an approved regional or national wildlife-related conference = 1 CEU
- First or second authorship of a paper published in an approved wildlife-related journal = 2 CEU

Classes, workshops, conferences, symposia, and journals used for CEU must be approved by the Certification Review Board. A list of approved CEU can be found below.

Continuing Education Units may be earned incrementally; for example, one can receive 0.5 CEU for attending a 4-hour training class from the approved list. Acceptable proof of attendance includes a certificate of completion or a receipt signed and dated by a representative of the event coordinator. Only CEU obtained during the Candidate's two year certification period will be accepted for renewal purposes.

If a Certification Renewal Candidate has attended an event or published in a journal that is not listed as approved, s/he is encouraged to submit a CEU Approval Request Form. However, the Candidate bears all risk in case the event and/or journal is not approved by the Certification Review Board.

Approved Classes & Workshops

Accredited University or Community College wildlife-related classes

Advanced Feeding and Nutrition (IWRC)

Aquatic Bird Rehabilitation (International Bird Rescue Research Center)

Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation (IWRC)

Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Skills (Louisiana Wildlife Rehabilitators Association)

Canadian Oiled Wildlife Rescue Academy
Chemical Capture Training and Certification (Animal Care Equipment Services)

Chemical Immobilization of Animals (Safe Capture International, Inc.)

Empire State Animal Rescue Training
Euthanasia in Wildlife Rehabiiltation (IWRC)

Fluid Therapy Wet Lab (IWRC)

Fluid Therapy in Wildlife Rehabilitation (IWRC)

Flying Wild Facilitator Training
Holistic Enrichment (The Shape of Enrichment)

Interpreting Animal Behavior for Safe Handling (Humane Society University)

Introduction to Wildilfe Rehabilitation I (Louisiana Wildlife Rehabilitators Association)
Low Stress Handling Certification (Dr. Sophia Yin)
Master Naturalist training classes (U.S.A.)

Oiled Wildlife Care (International Bird Rescue Research Center)

Pain Management (IWRC)
Parasitology (IWRC)

Project Learning Tree Facilitator Training
Project Wet Facilitator Training
Project Wild Facilitator Training
Wet in the City Facilitator Training

Wildlife Emergency Reponse Classes (IBRRC)

Wound Management (IWRC)


Approved Conferences & Meetings


McGill Bird Identification and Aging Workshop
February 22-24, 2013
McGill University, Quebec

NWRA Symposium
March 5-9 2013
Portland OR

Hawai'i Native Wildlife Rehabilitation Workshop
March 23- 24, 2013

IWRC Symposium
November 6-9 2013
Victoria, BC


Wildlife Rehabilitators of North Carolina Annual Symposium
January 27 – 29, 2012 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

NWRA 2012 Symposium
March 2012,
Baton Rouge, La

Reuniting Raptors Course
April 4, 2012, online and live class

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council Symposium
November 12-18, 2012, Appleton, WI


NWRA 2011 Symposium
March 2011
Albany NY

ZEW Symposium
October 8-9, 2011
Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

2011 Colorado Council for Wildlife Rehabilitation
October 22-23, 2011
Loveland, CO

October 22, 2011 and November 19, 2011
Indianapolis IN

2011 New York State Wildlife Rehabilitation Councils Annual Conference
November 6-8, 2011

Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Assn Annual Conference
November 11-13, 2011

Annual Conferences

CA DFG Regional Conference

Redding, California, USA

Wildlife Center of Virginia’s Call of the Wild conference

IWRC Conference

NWRA Conference

Approved Journals

Acta Chiropterologica
African Zoology
American Midland Naturalist
American Zoologist
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
Animal Conservation
The Auk
Avian Disease Digest
Avian Diseases
Avian Pathology
Canadian Journal of Zoology
Canadian Veterinary Journal
Chelonian Conservation and Biology
The Condor
Human Dimensions of Wildlife
Journal of Animal Ecology
Journal of Applied Ecology
Journal of Avian Diseases
Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
Journal of Herpetology
Journal of Mammalogy
Journal of Raptor Research
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Journal of Wildlife Management
Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Northeastern Naturalist
Primate Conservation
Southeastern Naturalist
Veterinary Technician
Western North American Naturalist
Wildlife Biology
Western Birds


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