Online Certification

Register for Training

Welcome to the online Save Our Streams certification program! The first step is to register for your virtual classroom trainings. Be sure to register for both workshops!

Introduction to Water Quality

  • In this session, you'll learn about the Save Our Streams program and how your data will be used at the local, state, and federal level. We'll discuss the various water quality threats our streams are facing across the country and how monitoring can help us protect and advocate for America's waterways.
  • October 7, 7-8 p.m.
  • October 9, 1-2 p.m.

Introduction to Macroinvertebrates

  • In this session, you'll meet the stream critters we collect and identify in the Save Our Streams program. You'll learn the life history of each bug, what they can tell us about water quality, and how to identify them!
  • October 6, 1-2 p.m.
  • October 8, 7-8 p.m.

Online workshops are listed in Eastern time.

Start Your Training

Welcome to the online Save Our Streams certification program! We are thrilled to offer the opportunity for you to start the certification process from home. Get started by viewing each of our recorded virtual classroom presentations: Introduction to Water Quality and Introduction to Macroinvertebrates.

Introduction to Water Quality

Learn about water quality in the United States, threats to water quality, and why monitoring matters!

Introduction to Macroinvertebrates

Meet and learn to identify the critters we use to assess water quality!

The Next Steps

Once you’ve viewed both of our recorded classes, fill out our online registration form. We will use this form to track your certification progress.

In addition, please reach out to the Save Our Streams team so we can update our records. Once you have viewed both recordings, completed the registration form, and contacted our team, you will receive the online Macroinvertebrate Identification Exam. This exam is the final step in the online portion of the training process!

After passing this exam, you will be ready for the field session*. After that, you will complete your certification with a protocol exam. We hope to host our in-person field trainings later this fall, and we will reach out as we schedule these sessions regionally.

*Due to ongoing travel and gathering restrictions, we cannot confirm dates for the field days at this time, but we expect to begin hosting these field days in the fall. In addition, at this time we will only be able to offer field days in states and regions with active staff and volunteer trainer presence. As such, we expect field days to be offered in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, and Ohio.

FAQs for Online Certification

What if I don’t live in a state where field training will be offered?

We hope we'll make it to your state when it's possible to travel again – and we hope you'll join us then. You can sign up to get notified when we're coming to your area. In the meantime, chemical monitoring and macroinvertebrate monitoring with the Creek Critters app are great ways to collect data about water quality – and you can get started without any training.

How do I take the Macroinvertebrate Exam?

Once you have attended both webinars, completed the registration form, and contacted the Save Our Streams team, you will receive the macroinvertebrate exam via email.

What if I don’t pass the exam?

Not a problem! SOS staff will follow up with you to review your answers. You will then be allowed to re-take the exam. There is no limit on how many times you can take the exam!

I’m interested in water quality but don’t want to get certified. Can I still take these classes?

Of course! These classes are free and open to the public.

Prepare for Your Field Training

Before attending your in-person field trainings, please take a few minutes to orient yourself with an introductory video.

The Save Our Streams certification program is somewhat different depending on what region you plan to monitor. Where will you be? If you live in the Mid-Atlantic area, use the map to check whether you're in the Chesapeake Bay region. (Remember to check based on your planned monitoring sites, which may be across the border from where you live.)

Save Our Streams is a registered trademark of the Izaak Walton League of America.