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. Follow these easy steps to complete the online portion of the certification!
- Watch the three webinars below – Introduction to Water Quality, Introduction to Macroinvertebrates and your region's Field Training Introduction.
- Fill out the Online Certification Registration Form to get access to the exam required to complete the online portion.
- Pass the online exam and earn your Online SOS Certificate!
After passing this exam, you will be ready for the field training session*, where you will learn the Save Our Streams data collection protocol. After that, you will complete your certification with a protocol exam. Participants who have completed the online certification portion will be contacted with training dates in their region.
*Due to ongoing travel and gathering restrictions, we cannot confirm dates for the field days at this time, but we expect to begin hosting field days this season. 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 the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest.
FAQs for Online Certification
How do I take the Macroinvertebrate Exam?
Once you have attended both webinars and completed the registration form, you will receive the macroinvertebrate exam via email. Please reach out to our team if you do not receive exam instructions within 3 business days.
How long will it take to complete the online certification portion?
How much time the online portion takes varies from person to person, but we recommend starting the process at least 2 weeks before your scheduled field session. This allows you enough time to retake the exam as many times as you need and gives our staff enough time to process your certificate.
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!
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. 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.
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.
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!
Once you have completed viewing these three videos, please fill out the Online Save Our Streams Certification Registration Form to access the next steps of the certification process.
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